When you don't have time for a full-on baking session, why not turn to that oh-so-handy kitchen gadget – the microwave.
How else can you whip up a red velvet sponge in 12 minutes flat, or 64 perfectly cubed parcels of Nutella and Baileys Irish Cream fudge in an instant?
We've rounded up our favourite quick microwavable recipes, so all you need to do is pop the ingredients in to a mug, set the timer and wait mere minutes to satisfy your sugar cravings.
Your checklist? A microwave, a few ingredients, and a spare 15 minutes.
All you need to prepare these pretty 'baked' cheesecakes is a couple of ramekins, a mixing bowl and, of course, a microwave. After freezing or refrigerating the biscuit bases and creamy cake, simply dollop over a spoonful of tangy blackcurrant conserve. These beauties will impress at your next dinner party!
Our fuss-free version of the classic American Key Lime Pie is full of sunshine flavours. The citrus balances the creamy topping and sweet biscuit base for a rich yet refreshing finish. Serve in shot glasses for stylish mini desserts.
Nutella and Baileys fudge
Enjoy a grown-up treat with this rich, gooey blend of chocolate, hazelnut spread and Irish liqueur. It makes a lovely gift, too.
You could use other liqueurs if you fancy in your fudge – try Tia Maria or Grand Marnier to add a hint of coffee or orange.
Red Velvet cake
Having an impromptu dinner party? You can whip up a lovely moist sponge in your microwave in less than 15 minutes – then simply top with our easy cream cheese frosting. To take it to the next level, serve with vanilla ice cream.
Add an exotic twist to the end of dinner with this classic Middle Eastern delicacy – small, fragrant cubes of dense, sticky jelly flavoured with rose water. Serve straight from the fridge with a generous dusting of icing sugar.