Using the microwave to bake sponge cakes is a great way of creating desserts or cake for afternoon tea quickly and easily. Our sponge cake recipes are ideal. Why not try them today?
Basic Sponge Cake
• 50g unsalted butter
• 50g caster sugar
• 50g self-raising flour
• 1 medium egg, beaten
• 2 tbsp milk
Cream together the sugar and the butter until smooth. Mix in the beaten eggs and milk gradually. Finally, fold in the flour gently.
Or, add all the ingredients to the bowl, and whisk together using an electric mixture until well combined, and light in color.
Put the mixture into a clean, microwaveable bowl and microwave for 3½ minutes until the sponge is springy to touch.
You can make it into a delicious pudding by adding either a generous spoonful of jam or golden syrup in the bowl before adding the sponge mixture. When cooked, turn out the sponge pudding onto a plate and watch the jam or syrup drizzle down the sides of the sponge dome – delicious!
Or simply garnish with a generous amount of whipped cream and fresh fruit. Strawberries are ideal!
Chocolate Cake in a Mug!
If you need something sweet but filling, this chocolate cake recipe, cooked in a mug in the microwave, is the ideal solution.
Taking less than 10 minutes to prep, you will be enjoying a moist chocolate cake in no time – perfect for cold winter evenings.
Use a good-sized mug with no chips!
To make the chocolate mix, you will need:
• 4 tbsp self-raising flour
• 2 tbsp caster sugar
• 2 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 egg, beaten
• 3 tbsp milk
• 3 tsp melted butter, or you can use sunflower oil
• A dash of extract of vanilla
• 1 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)
Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and then add the egg. Mix, making sure everything is well incorporated. Pour in the milk and the oil, along with the chocolate chips if required, and mix well. Add a dash of vanilla extract to taste.
Scoop this mixture into a microwaveable mug and cook on full power for 3 to 4 minutes. Eat straight from the mug with a spoon or carefully tip out onto a plate. Enjoy with custard or ice cream!
To make a larger pudding for the whole family, double the ingredients and bake in smaller ramekin dishes or one larger bowl.
Banana Sponge Cake
This handy recipe is perfect for using up an over-ripe banana. You can cook the mixture in the microwave in four separate dishes or cook it in one go in a large, microwave proof bowl.
You will need;
• 60g unsalted butter
• 5 tbsp caster sugar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 banana, mashed
• 65g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp mixed spice
• A pinch of ground cinnamon
• 5 tbsp golden syrup
Cream together the sugar and the butter until the mixture us fluffy and pale in color. Then, pour in the egg and the mashed banana, combining well.
Next, mix in the dried ingredients and beat the mixture until well-mixed. Now fold in the golden syrup, creating a marbled effect through the pudding batter.
Divide between 4 ramekin dishes or into one bowl and microwave on full power for 4 to 5 minutes until risen.
Serve with warm custard.