5 Desserts you’d never guess were microwaved

Apr 22, 2013 at 3:20 a.m. ET

Sweet tooth? These quick microwave desserts are your answer. Make them in a matter of minutes — for two or for a crowd!

Microwave Funfetti Cake

Microwave funfetti cake

Serves 8

No one will ever guess this light, colorful cake was made in just a few minutes. It’s perfect for any occasion — to celebrate a special event or simply for an easy weeknight treat.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups yellow cake mix (1/2 of a standard box of cake mix) 
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Whisk together the eggs and sour cream in a mixing bowl. Add the cake mix and sprinkles, stirring just until combined.
  2. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a microwave-safe bowl with flat sides at least 6 inches deep. Pour the batter into the bowl and cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for eight minutes or until the cake is cooked through. Remove from the microwave and allow to cool to room temperature. Turn cake out onto a serving plate and top with icing.

Microwave Raspberry Shortcake

Microwave raspberry shortcake

It's spring — the time of year for shortcake topped with fruit and a bit of fresh whipped cream. Use any type of fruit to make this classic dessert.

Serves 2


  • 1/2 cup corn muffin mix
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For Topping:

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream


  1. Whisk together the corn muffin mix and sugar. Add egg and milk. Stir until evenly combined. Divide the batter between two greased 8-ounce ramekins. Microwave uncovered on high for two minutes (the mixture will rise and fall). Remove the ramekins from the microwave and turn the shortcakes out on a cutting board.
  2. In another small microwave-safe bowl, combine the raspberries and sugar and microwave on high for one minute, until melted. Slice the shortcakes in half, and fill them with raspberry syrup and whipped cream.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster in the microwave

Always impressive, this dessert of caramelized bananas is delicious over ice cream.

Serves 2


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  2 bananas, thinly sliced


  1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Into the melted butter, whisk brown sugar, vanilla, heavy cream and cinnamon. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, until bubbling vigorously. (Keep an eye on the mixture at this point to make sure it doesn’t bubble over.) Add the bananas and stir to coat them in the liquid. Microwave again on high for two minutes. Remove and stir. Continue to cook on high in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until the mixture is thick and resembles caramel. Serve immediately, spooned over vanilla ice cream.

Microwave caramel corn

Few things are as satisfying as fresh popcorn... except, perhaps, fresh popcorn that is topped with caramel. Click here for the recipe for microwave caramel corn.

Microwave mug cakes

This is a basic recipe for chocolate cakes cooked in a mug in the microwave — but the sky is the limit when it comes to adapting the recipe to your preferences. Add peanut butter chips, a spoonful of sprinkles or a handful of toasted walnuts. Click here for the recipe for microwave mug cakes.

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