Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Microwave Cake?

Heidi had her fourth birthday and my neighbour from around the corner called to ask if she and her kids could drop by later. I suddenly realized that I had nothing in the house to offer them... we had a big party for Heidi when we were on holiday thus I didn't really plan on make a fuss about it on the day.

I also had next to nothing in the house in terms of baking ingredients.

Then I remembered my mom's microwave oven cake. She used it many a time when in need of a last minute cake.

In a mad rush I went ahead and made the cake. It took all of 9 minutes in the microwave oven, then 5 more minutes to rest.

When it had cooled down I eagerly cut into the cake to see whether it would be fit for consumption. It was a bit dry... but I decided that I would cut it up into bite sized pieces and ice each one individually. Good plan right :-)

It did the trick and the kids happily gobbled up their little pieces of cake.

Of course later that evening, when I finally sat down to relax, it dawned on me that I had forgotten to add a crucial ingredient to the cake. The ingredient that would have made it moist. Silly me.

So, if you decided to give this recipe a go then make sure you add ALL the ingredients!!


65 ml vegetable oil
20 gram butter
250 ml (200 gram) castor sugar
300 ml (160 gram) self raising flour
5 ml baking powder
125 ml (50 gram) cacao powder
3 jumbo eggs
5 ml vanilla essence
185 ml warm water

Either use a standard butter cream icing or a chocolate and cream glaze

Grease a 10 x 20 cm microwave dish
Line with a paper towel or similar
Mix all the ingredients until smooth
Bake in the microwave oven on high for 9 minutes
Remove and let it rest for 5 minutes
Turn out of the dish and remove the paper towel

If using a glaze, then melt together 250 ml cream and 250 gram chocolate pieces until smooth. Pour over the cake while the cake is still warm.

If using buttercream icing, then wait for the cake to cool completely before icing it.

Good luck!

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