Modernist Cuisine's Individual Microwave Yellow Cakes

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Modernist Cuisine's Individual Microwave Yellow Cakes
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Ingredients (8)

For the cake batter:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

To bake:

  • Whipping siphon
  • 4 nitrous oxide canisters
  • Paper cups
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Modernist Cuisine’s Scott Heimendinger shared this cool recipe from the new cookbook Modernist Cuisine at Home to make a fluffy, impressive dessert from boxed cake mix in about a minute in the microwave.

Special equipment: You will need a whipping siphon and 4 nitrous oxide canisters for this recipe.


For the cake batter:
  1. 1
    Prepare the batter as directed on the box.

To bake:

  1. 1
    Pour half of the batter into the whipping siphon and charge with 2 of the nitrous oxide canisters.
  2. 2
    Using scissors, make a few vertical cuts in the bottoms of the paper cups to allow steam to escape.
  3. 3
    Spray the paper cups with cooking spray.
  4. 4
    Siphon the batter into the paper cups until they’re a quarter of the way full. (Do not overfill.)
  5. 5
    Cook 1 cup at a time in the microwave on high power for 1 minute.
  6. 6
    Invert each cup on a plate and allow it to rest for a few seconds while the steam escapes, then tap the cup on the plate to release the cake.
  7. 7
    Repeat the whole process with the remaining cake batter.
Modernist Cuisine's Individual Microwave Yellow Cakes
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