Microwave Syrup Sponge Pudding

Microwave Syrup Sponge Pudding

My grandad often made cakes in the microwave. On Sundays during my teens, my cousin and me used to spend the day at our grandparents’ house, and a highlight was always the homemade chocolate cake he presented. It was made in minutes in the microwave, then smothered in Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate. We loved those cakes. Now, like Harry Potter I love treacle tart, but I also love a quick fix. Which is where this microwave syrup sponge pudding recipe comes in.

Making this microwave golden syrup sponge is so easy – and quick. All you do is dollop some syrup into a dish, whizz the sponge ingredients in the food processor and smooth them on top. Then about 7 minutes later, it’s done. Delicious.

The only down side to making a microwave golden syrup sponge is that you don’t get that golden brown crust that home baking produces. As soon as you smother it in custard, it will disappear pretty quickly though. If there are any leftovers, you can use them up in an ice cream sundae (an idea that we’ve tried and tested). So next time you want a sweet, hot pudding, do try making this syrup sponge in the microwave.

Although some microwave syrup sponge cake recipes might include it, you don’t need any baking powder when using self-raising flour. This surely is comfort food at its simplest. I use baking margarine rather than butter as it’s quicker to mix.

This microwave syrup sponge recipe serves 4-8 (depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have).

Microwave syrup sponge pudding ingredients

  • Golden syrup, 6 tbsp
  • Self raising flour, 100g
  • Sugar (any granular type), 100g
  • Baking margarine, 100g
  • Eggs, 2
  • Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
  • Salt, a pinch


How to make microwave syrup sponge pudding

  • Grease the baking dish, then spoon the golden syrup into the bottom. Swirl gently to get an even layer.
  • Place all the other ingredients into the food processor and blitz for around 15-20 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  • Scrape the mixture carefully into the bowl, trying to disturb the golden syrup beneath as little as possible. Use a spatula to gently smooth the top.
  • Cover the top with clingfilm, then set the microwave on MEDIUM for a 7 minutes. The sponge will rise, but will not go golden. You can check it is cooked by using a metal skewer, which should come out free of cake mix if it is baked. Though there may a be a dab of syrup right at the end! If it’s not done, try just one more minute.

Serve with custard, cream or vanilla ice cream

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