They say a bad workman always blames his (or her) tools, but there is some truth in the matter. Talent can only carry you so far – you need the right tools for the job in order to push the boundaries into something exceptional. The kitchen is no different – you might be the best at distinguishing thyme from rosemary, and you might know your Julienne from your batons, but without the best tools, it’s tricky to elevate your cooking to the next level.

Here are five kitchen essentials that no budding chef should ever be without.

5 Kitchen Essentials for budding chefs

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As a busy mum who works full-time I have been reading up on how to quickly bake up cakes. I honestly didn’t know you can utilise your microwave to cook up many different things. I’ve only ever used mine for warming up beans or the odd microwave meal. I love the idea of a microwave chocolate cake!

I made a gluten free chocolate cake a while back for a birthday but that was in a normal oven.

But after looking at recipes on Pinterest many people do use the microwave for baking cakes. So I decided to give it a whirl!

I chose to start with a full size cake, duh! Not a mug cake, which I want to try next time.

Chocolate cake is a huge favourite in our house so that was the one to start with. I have listed the ingredients and method so you can try it at home as well if you wish.

Microwave Chocolate Cake

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