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How to Bake a Cake in a Microwave

Need a cake in a hurry? Or perhaps your oven’s on the blink but you can’t bear the thought of going without a tasty baked dessert? Don’t worry – the answer is at hand. In fact, it’s sitting right on your kitchen worktop! Did you know that you can bake anything from a mug-sized cake to a family-sized party cake, all without the need for a conventional oven? It’s simple: just use your microwave!

Method 1 Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg
  • 28g of Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 42g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 14g of Butter or Margarine

Method 2 Ingredients:

  • 170g of Butter
  • 170g of Self-Raising Flour
  • 170g of Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • A Splash of Milk

METHOD 1: A Mug-Sized Treat for One

  1. Choose the perfect mug. Any mug can be used to bake a mug-sized cake; simply consider what kind of result you’re after. The bigger and deeper the mug is, the softer and moister your sponge will be. Alternatively, a small, shallow mug will produce a firmer finish. Experiment with different mugs until you find your perfect match!
  2. Crack one egg into your mug, followed by 2 tablespoons of brown sugar or honey, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of self-raising flour, and a tablespoon of softened butter. If you fancy a chocolate flavoured treat, you can even add some chocolate chips!
  3. Use a teaspoon to stir all the ingredients until everything is well and truly combined.
  4. It’s time to bake that cake! Remove the teaspoon, put your mug full of well-mixed ingredients into the microwave, and then heat on full power for 50 seconds. You can then check to see if further baking is required by sticking a clean toothpick into the centre of the sponge. If it comes out clean, your mug-cake is ready – but if it comes out coated in batter, bake your mug-cake for a further 30 seconds. Repeat the test (and bake a little more if necessary) but be careful not to dry out your sponge – it shouldn’t require any longer than 2 minutes!

    Note: remember to use oven gloves when handling your mug – it’ll be hot!
  5. Be patient. Because you baked using a microwave, you now need to let the cake sit for a couple of minutes so the heat can distribute evenly, and you don’t end up getting burnt by hotspots!
  6. Tuck in! Your cake is now ready to eat, so grab a spoon, a blanket, a good book, and enjoy!

Method 2: A Family-Sized Cake to Share

  1. Add both the butter and sugar to a bowl, and gently mash them together using the tines of a fork. Then, use a wooden spoon to stir (or 'cream') the mixture until it's light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat one egg, and then add this to your creamed sugar and butter, stirring it in as you add it.
  3. Repeat this process for the next two eggs. Beat each egg and then add it to the mixture individually, stirring each egg in as you go until all 3 beaten eggs have been added.
  4. Add the flour gradually. Using a sieve, sift the flour into the mix in small portions at a time, and then gently fold it in until all of the flour has been successfully added and mixed.
  5. Add a splash of milk – just enough to moisten the mixture.
  6. It’s time to bake that cake! Add the mixture to a microwaveable dish or container, place it in the microwave, and then cook on full power for 6 minutes. You can then check to see if you need to bake it longer by putting a toothpick into the centre of the sponge. If the toothpick comes back out clean, then your cake is good to go. If it comes out covered in residue, then you should bake it for 30 more seconds. Repeat the toothpick test, and then bake a little more if necessary – but be careful not to dry it out!

    Note: make sure you use oven gloves whilst handling your cake dish – it’s going to be hot!
  7. It’s time to eat! There should be enough here to provide approximately 6 servings, so get the family together and enjoy your cake!