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Microwave cake

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This is absolutely, 100% the best microwave cake I have eaten in my life.* It takes 5 minutes to throw together and it tastes like sugar cookies and the texture is like REAL CAKE. I was watching Masterchef AU last night and Matt Preston was making a microwave sponge cake that involved passionfruit pulp for the liquid in the recipe. I was instantly excited. It looked great, and I needed it!

But there were problems: how much liquid is one passionfruit? what's the right amount of flour and baking powder if I'm not using self rising flour? how do I convert all the measurements so US readers will find it easy to make?

so I stayed up and experimented and then - PROBLEMS SOLVED

*Full disclosure: I am pretty much an expert in microwave sweets. I swear I've spent about a fourth of my adult life up late and making questionable food decisions.

P.S. Feeling like chocolate cake? Check out my chocolate microwave cake here!


 
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Step 1: Ingredients:

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  • 1/4 cup melted butter (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (50 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

The recipe above will serve two people - double for four cakes. That's what I was making today!

You will also need standard ramekins, cooking spray, plastic wrap and a microwave.

Step 2: Mixing

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In a medium bowl, melt your butter. Then add in the sugar and whisk until well combined.

Add in the baking powder, flour, eggs, and milk and whisk like mad. You want the mixture to be smooth and creamy. 

Step 3: Fill and cover

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Spray your ramekins with cooking spray, and then fill them a little over halfway.

Tap the ramekins on the counter to knock out any air bubbles.

Cover them with a piece of saran wrap, leaving a small part of the edge unsealed so steam can escape.
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or_ford981 year ago
Just tried this
Really cool, thanks for uploading!
I can't upload pictures here so here's an imgur link
On average 40-50 seconds on a 1100 Watt microwave worked for me
http://imgur.com/HjAU2uo
lmperkins1 year ago
Totally easy, totally awesome. Worked the first time for me and was yummy!
OMG! I made this today, it's amazing! Loved it! I could live off it!
jbrooks271 year ago
I tried this at home today, and I LOVED it. I shared the amazing cake with my family and the were very happy, THANKS :-)
zlange11 year ago
Great but unhealthy srry i already ate it
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WillB7 zlange11 month ago

Honestly, Is there such a thing as a "healthy" cake?

ab7271 year ago
It is 3 in the morning and I needed a snack so I made this. Successfully. I put in about half an egg more in the mix and then whipped it with the teaspoon I had used to measure out the milk. Then put in 3 tablespoons in a cup and microwaved it for 1min. The result was the cake just like in the photo. I did not use any oil to coat / line the cup and as a result there was just a thin layer sticking to the cup. The taste however was not super great. It was spongy but it was just the slightest sweet. Do you add any flavors. Or is it just some base onto which some toppings like whipped cream or fruit need to be added - as you did?
Two more things.
1. A suggestion. Please refrain from using oil spray. They use aerosols for it and it is the same thing (same grade even) that is used in sprays from deodorants to shaving cream spray cans.
2. Thank You for this wonderful recipe. This would act as a base for me and now I shall experiment to get the flavor right for my palate.
WillB7 ab7271 month ago

Just like isochronous, I can't help but say something about this post. With regards to suggestion 1, why would you want to tell anyone how to act or what to say period. If someone wants to use aerosols, its no one's business but their own. I find busy body's like yourself intrusive and completely unnecessary. Keep it to yourself!!!

isochronous ab7274 months ago

Sorry, but I just had to reply to this, because this is a "guilt by association" logical fallacy. Just because an aerosol is used in spray deodorant doesn't mean it's harmful. The four most common aerosol propellants in oil sprays are food-grade alcohol, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and propane, none of which are harmful in any of oil spray's standard applications.

lucieloveu2 months ago

I like your food they look good

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cjheinemann made it!2 months ago

turn out great.. best texture from a micro cake...

i added chocolate chips on top

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yudiyartanti made it!2 months ago

Great recipe. So easy n yummy. Thank you!!

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Iowaboy_3 made it!2 months ago
It was great! I added some peanut butter, added less sugar, and it came out amazing! I even made a chocolate icing to go with it! I recommend you all do the same!
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cellopants3 months ago

you did WHAT to your strawberries

WilliamS194 months ago

I regret that you did not state how much time to cook it in the microwave or at what power level. I wanted to make this but I couldn't without time and power level.

jessyratfink (author)  WilliamS194 months ago

I did list times - and power doesn't make as big of a difference as you think!

"Cook in the microwave for 50-60 seconds. (At home, it took me 60
seconds in a 600W microwave. In the test kitchen, 55 seconds in a 1000W gave me a good result.) Too
little time, and the cake will be wet on the outside. Too much time, and
it will become really crumbly. Also, cooking them individually is best."

I apologise! I wrote the note before I noticed that I needed to turn the page. I then clicked on delete for the note, but it did not delete. I read the cooking time, but stilll didn't see a power level.

Thanks for your reply.

Bill
ab7271 year ago
It is 3 in the morning and I needed a snack so I made this. Successfully. I put in about half an egg more in the mix and then whipped it with the teaspoon I had used to measure out the milk. Then put in 3 tablespoons in a cup and microwaved it for 1min. The result was the cake just like in the photo. I did not use any oil to coat / line the cup and as a result there was just a thin layer sticking to the cup. The taste however was not super great. It was spongy but it was just the slightest sweet. Do you add any flavors. Or is it just some base onto which some toppings like whipped cream or fruit need to be added - as you did?
Two more things.
1. A suggestion. Please refrain from using oil spray. They use aerosols for it and it is the same thing (same grade even) that is used in sprays from deodorants to shaving cream spray cans.
2. Thank You for this wonderful recipe. This would act as a base for me and now I shall experiment to get the flavor right for my palate.
isochronous ab7274 months ago

Since this was a double post, see my above reply for why suggestion #1 is unnecessary.

RML1 made it!4 months ago

I made this cake and I'm adding a photo of what I did. I made a mini layer cake out of it and frosted it with butter cream and sprinkled some finely ground walnuts on top! It turned out really good! Moist and delicious! I also added a half teaspoon of vanilla. Thanks for this recipe.

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ChinonyeremO made it!4 months ago

Thanks a ton for this recipe, it is the best I've seen so far and was delicious. I enjoyed it so much I will feature it on my blog. I hope you don't mind, here's a link if you'd like to see how I used it. http://www.disnaijagal.com/?p=245

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deepta5 months ago

Thank You for the perfect mug cake recipe.

norielynbodonal made it!5 months ago

i have it topped with strawberries and blueberry and plans to create more of these.. yummy..

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milkywaybar made it!5 months ago

Oops...

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BigB18 months ago

This is very helpful. Please excuse the account picture. I am using my son's email address. Do you have a microwave recipe for carrot cake?

dragonslug made it!9 months ago
These cakes were great and easy. They turned out exactly like the picture.
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waggy10110 months ago
Cake was gone in 3 minutes
waggy101 made it!10 months ago
Awesome! Even my picky little brother approves!
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michelle.zanan10 months ago

you have to try it, amazing!!

amoore611 year ago
For vegans I guess use water and for egg substitute, use one tablespoon of ground flax seed, let it stoop in one tablespoon of warm water until it gets slimey...Will rise just like an egg I promise
amoore611 year ago
I turned this recipe into a dark chocolate fudge brownie cake. All I did was increase the sugar to 3/4 cup, use half n half instead of milk, added a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract and 3 to 4 tablespoons of Hershey special dark 100% cocoa powder.
3/4 c. Sugar
3-4 tbsp. Cocoa powder
2 tbsp. Half n half
1-2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Make sure you thoroughly mix the cocoa powder in with the dry flour first or it will just clump. And for extra dense gooey brownie like cake, hold the baking powder.
CAKE! that looks and sounds yummy.
I must convince my parents to let me make this tomorrow!
chata1 year ago
Yes ! Idid it and with banannas lovely thank you ;)
JulissaE1 year ago
What if you want to make a big one and make it in the oven?
my microwave is thirty years old and doesn't heat up well so I had to microwave it for five minutes ..
petalee1 year ago
Great instructable :) Made mine today :D my mum didn't believe me lol but I showed her :p
;D
uwezi1 year ago
Great recipe!

I just tried it. Using silicone muffin forms the basic recipe (1 egg) resulted in 6 muffins (6cm or 2 1/2 inch diameter).

Bake time was 1min 20s for all 6 together at 850W.
karlus1 year ago
Cool recipe. I tried once creating a microwave cake but couln't get the timming right. You say 60 seconds, but at what power ? 700W ? 1000W ?
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