Just a Bunch of Delish Desserts to Make With Your Microwave

Taylor Andrews, Jane Maynard
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Photo credit: Raydene Hansen
Photo credit: Raydene Hansen

From Cosmopolitan

Look, let’s make something super clear: You never need an excuse to eat something sweet. Hunger, boredom, and/or a global pandemic are perfectly good reasons to put your apron on and bake a dessert. But if you’re limited on time and don’t have the patience or energy to wait 45 minutes for something to bake in the oven, I totally get it.

Your solution: the microwaveable dessert.

Yup, these sweets, cakes, chocolates, and pumpkin decadences are just as yum when cooked in the microwave as they would be if they baked in the oven. Oh, and they also take way less time too.

Plus, there’s wayyyy less clean-up since most of these desserts only require one microwave-safe bowl. (Shout out to the other dirty dishes currently chillin’ in your sink, though).

So if you’re looking for a treat to whip up quickly and honestly slays, we’ve gotchu. Desserts and recipes below for whatever your sweet tooth is craving.

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake


  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup pumpkin

  • Dash of cinnamon and honey to taste

Instructions: Microwave for three minutes. Add yogurt, chocolate, berries, to taste.

Banana Bread


  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar

  • Dash of vanilla

  • Dash of milk

Instructions: Mix and microwave for two minutes. Mix, then, back into the microwave for a minute.

Apple Crisp



  • 1 apple chopped into little pieces

  • 2 tablespoons of your choice of flour

  • ¼ cups of rolled or quick oats

  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1 dash of sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar, brown sugar, or stevia

Instructions: Mix and microwave for three minutes.


Ingredients for the cake:

  • 4 tablespoons of soft cream cheese

  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 4 tablespoons graham crackers

  • 1 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions: Microwave 15 seconds three times. Chill and serve.

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treat


  • 6 marshmallows

  • 1 tablespoon of butter

  • 1 small box of Lucky Charms (or cereal of choice)

Instructions: Microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and serve.

Chocolate Cake (like, a whole chocolate cake. Not just a serving)


  • 2/3 cups of flour

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: Microwave for 10-15 minutes. (Adjust ingredients and microwave for less time if you want to make this a single serving).

Lava Mug Cake


  • 2 tablespoons of flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cocoa power

  • ¼ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1 drop vanilla

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 ½ tablespoons stevia

Instructions: Mix and microwave for two minutes.



  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Pieces of chocolate or cocoa powder or Nutella

  • Microwave for 30 seconds (or until it’s melted). Then, add:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • Drop of vanilla

  • Drop of milk

  • 2 tablespoons flour

Instructions: Microwave for one minute.

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