Having seen a rise in the number of microwave desserts recipes and trying a few myself frankly I was left unimpressed. Ok, so I do admit I’m fussy but why can’t you make a cake in a microwave that is moist and tasty? So I sat down, had a little think before heading into the kitchen to play. Now having made quite a few cakes in my time I decided to use past experience to guide me in making a cake that would be very similar to those baked in the oven and in order to do this we need to use stray slightly from the throw everything into the bowl, zap it and hope for the best technique. Stacie Stewart (Master Chef semi finalist) had in the past complemented me on my sponge technique (when I entered the Food Glorious Food competition aired in 2013 and naturally the compliments were cut from the part aired, typical) so I decided to use my knowledge to create my version!
8tbs Self Raising Flour
8 tbs Sugar you can use any but I used Light Soft Brown Sugar, the Whitworths one is quite nice.
2 tbs Cocoa powder (you can also try it with Hot Chocolate powder)
1 whole Egg whisked
6 tbs Butter
6 tbs Milk
4-5 tbs Chocolate Chips
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
1. Pop the milk and butter in a saucepan on a low to medium heat and heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and set aside for a minute or 2 to cool just a little.
2. Whisk the egg and sugar until light and fluffy, basically you will see it becomes paler. Then add in the melted butter and milk mix and combine.
3. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the cocoa powder, choc chips, mix well.
4. Fold the dry and wet ingredients carefully (we need to keep the air in so it’s fluffy) not forgetting to add the vanilla essence.
5. Pour into a greased (with butter) microwavable bowl and cook for 2 and a half minutes (my microwave is 1000W) then check the sponge, I had to cook it a further 30 seconds check and then another 30 seconds and it was ready. The total time will vary depending on your microwave strength but make sure you check it in intervals or it will overcook and we can’t have that.
Appearance once combined
To check whether it is cooked enough the sponge should have a spring when touched and also a skewer will come out clean when inserted to the bottom at the centre of the cake.
All done – yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy
Let it cool a little (you will need will power – lots of it!)
Serve with a little vanilla ice cream, cream, custard and enjoy.
Let me know how you get on guys!!!