Looking forward to bake cakes but do not want to invest in a dedicated oven? Well, it is definitely possible to bake cake without an oven. You can use a microwave and bake a genuine cake. It will come out as fluffy, yummy and attractive as in a conventional oven.
Interestingly, you can bake an entire cake in the microwave for any event you wish to such as a birthday, engagement ceremony, wedding or a party. The project can be fun by experimenting with the size and type of cakes. Try making tiny cakes in coffee mugs or little bowls and personalize them with a message.
Here’s how you can bake a cake in microwave at the convenience of your home:
This is a simple standard recipe of baking cake which you can alter by adding your own creativity and knowledge that comes with regular practice:
1. Softened butter or margarine - 3/4 cup
2. Sugar - 3/4 cup
3. Flour (regular or self-rising) - 2/3 cup
4. Milk - 3 tablespoons
5. Eggs - 3 medium sized
6. Cocoa powder - 1/3 cup (if you are baking a chocolate cake)
7. Vanilla extract – a teaspoon (keep an extra teaspoon if you are baking a vanilla cake)
8. Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
1. A large bowl (glass or plastic)
2. Rubber spatula / large spoon
3. An electric mixer / food processor (you can also use a fork if you have the time and energy)
4. Microwave safe dish
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine softened butter or margarine with sugar and flour (in the exact measure mentioned above). Now start mixing the cake batter by stirring all ingredients in the bowl together using a spoon or rubber spatula.
Step 2: Add rest of the ingredients into the bowl. You can use regular or self-rising flour according to the texture you wish to get. Regular flour will give you a brownie like texture. Pour in milk and crack eggs. Now baking powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 3: Now it is time to flavor the cake. Add 1/3 cup cocoa powder for a chocolate cake. For a vanilla cake, add another teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 4: Mix everything well by stirring with a fork. It is advised to use an electric mixer to mix for about 4-5 minutes. This will save time and efforts. If you have a food processor, simply add all of the ingredients to it and mix for about 60 seconds.
Step 5: Add the cake batter into a microwave safe dish (preferably a shallow one for best results). Do not use a metal baking pan for microwave baking.
Step 6: Now bake the cake. You need to cook the cake in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes on full power. You can watch the cake bubble and puff in the microwave. The process is similar to the oven baking.
Check the Cake
The best way to know if the cake is baked completely is to do the iconic toothpick test. Simply stick a toothpick straight down into the center and pull it out. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is baked. In case, you find gooey cake residue on the toothpick, it is not baked well. Don’t worry. Simply put the cake back in the microwave. Now cook it in 1 minute increments until done.
Caution: You should avoid overcooking the cake. Cooking the cake too long in microwave will dry it out.
Once ready, serve warm. Enjoy super moist and totally irresistible microwave cake. You may top the cake with the frosting or your choice and decorate as you like.
Some Useful Tips
In order to finish cakes baked in the microwave, simply leave them to stand for a minute or two. The action will allow the heat to be distributed evenly around the cake. You will have an evenly cooked soft cake.
Make sure the total preparation time including baking, and cleanup is clock-in at about 20 minutes. This will let you have ample time to enjoy the tummy treat you've prepared.
It is advised to avoid attempting fancy cakes when baking for the first time. Allow yourself some time to understand the process and practice before taking up complex projects.
In a Nutshell
Baking cake in microwave is not difficult. You can do it easily by following the above listed steps accurately. A cake baked in microwave is as delicious as one baked in a traditional oven. So next time, surprise your guests with a cake baked in microwave from the comfort of your home. You may also bake a few mug cakes and add personalized message. It will make your event, a huge hit among present and potential audience.