3 Ways to Use a Microwave Oven for Baking

We all know you can cook a potato in the microwave, but did you know you can also use your microwave oven for baking?

That’s right! Don’t underestimate your microwave oven just because it’s small. It can bake a lot of things including delicious desserts, chips, and even pudding.

The best part? It can bake a lot faster than your regular oven. How does cake in two minutes sound?

Grab a gigantic microwavable mug and start baking!

How to Use Your Microwave Oven for Baking

1. Two-Minute Chocolate Cake

Of all the sweets in the dessert category, a cake is probably the easiest thing to bake in the microwave. Here’s the recipe for a simple but delicious chocolate cake.


  • All-purpose flour- 3 tbsp
  • Drinking chocolate powder or sweetened cocoa powder-2 tbsp
  • Sugar- 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp
  • Baking powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Milk- 2tbsp
  • Egg- 1
  • Oil-2 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract-1/2 tsp

1. Combine and mix flour, sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
2. Stir in milk, egg, oil and vanilla extract until all is one.
3. Grease your mug before pouring in the mixture and microwave on high for 90-95 seconds, but NO MORE.

For extra flavor, serve with a scoop of ice cream at the end or mix in 1tsp of instant coffee in step one to make it a chocolate espresso mug cake.

2. Vanilla Pudding

Did we just say what you think we said? Yes! You can make pudding in your microwave oven. Here’s what you need:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

1. Stir the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and milk together in a microwavable bowl.
2. Microwave the combination on high for 8-9 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
3. Beat 3 egg yolks slightly in another microwavable bowl.
4. Pour out some of the extra liquids of the milk/sugar mix and SLOWLY stir it into the egg yolks, otherwise, it’ll cook the eggs.
5. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes until thick and glossy.
6. Stir in butter and vanilla.

Voila! Our mouths are watering just thinking about this…

3. Healthy Baked Potato Chips

If sweets aren’t your thing, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you!

Here’s a simple and quick way to make potato chips without having to worry about burning your house down by a deep fryer.

1. Slice potato thinly until you have enough pieces for a satisfying snack.
2. Arrange potato slices onto a microwavable plate.
3. Microwave on one side for one minute.
4. Flip them over and microwave again for another minute.
5. Flip them over again and microwave for a third minute but this time, keep a CLOSE EYE. As soon as the chips turn brown, you’ll have a second or two to stop before they start to burn.
6. Sprinkle with some salt and seasoning for flavor.

Now that you know how to bake potato chips, maybe you can also try baking sweet potato chips or carrot chips… time to get creative.

There you have it! 3 simple, quick and delicious ways to use your microwave oven for baking. If you’re interested in making up your own recipe, make sure to check out this list of things you shouldn’t microwave first.

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