All you need is a mug and a microwave to make these simple cakes and puddings. Sarah Rainey, author of Six-Minute Showstoppers, says; "For me they bring back the magic of baking: put everything in a mug, give it a stir – and pop it in until it pings!". These are great little recipes if you want a quick home-baked treat while the ad break is on or if you're seeking a simple, safe way to keep the kids occupied – here are seven of our favourites, from red velvet cake to sticky toffee pud.
This golden, spiced apple sponge topped with an oaty-toffee crumble takes six minutes to make and all in your microwave – ready in the time it takes for the next ad break to finish. Eat it in front of the telly straight out the cup or turn it out and enjoy with a scoop of ice cream.
This cheat's recipe for vibrant, cocoa-flavoured red velvet is incredibly easy. Sarah's top tip: swap the cream cheese icing for a scoop of your favourite ice cream, chocolate sauce, sweets and biscuit crumbs for your very own red velvet sundae.
This mug cakes takes about five minutes to make from start to finish, combining just peanut butter, flour and eggs – incredibly simple, fluffy little cakes that the kids will love to get involved with making. You could also try cashew or almond butter instead of peanut, or even a chocolate hazelnut spread.
These fluffy, moist little microwaved puds combine ground almonds and chunky marmalade with cream, olive oil and eggs. Top with a sharp orange syrup and finish with cream. Delicious!
This nutty, coffee-flavoured classic cake is decorated with a creamy mascarpone coffee icing and walnut halves – simply cook the sponge in the microwave while you whip up your icing and you're good to go in minutes.
A classic British pud made easy – the sponge is packed with rich sticky dates, cooked until fluffy and topped with a simple toffee sauce. Eat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Got a slice of white bread that needs using? Turn it into this gooey bread and butter pudding, flavoured and enriched with dark chocolate and orange zest. Experiment with flavoured dark chocolate, such as chilli or ginger, or swap in milk chocolate instead.