Fastest-ever lemon pudding

Fastest-ever lemon pudding

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 4 mins Plus 1 minute resting


Serves 4
Being short of time needn't stop you making your own pudding. This microwave-friendly sponge pudding is ready in 10 minutes and can easily be a chocolate pud too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal457
  • fat25g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.75g
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  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve


  1. Mix the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together until creamy, then spoon into a medium microwave-proof baking dish. Microwave on High for 3 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until risen and set all the way through. Leave to stand for 1 min.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the lemon curd for 30 secs in the microwave and stir until smooth. Pour all over the top of the pudding and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or scoops of ice cream.

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Comments (118)

dannie1442's picture

this is an AMAZING recipe so fast and delicious as a alternative it tastes great if you put golden syrup in the bottom of the dish the put the mix on top and then cook in the microwave and it makes a kind of sauce!... xxx

nikkimac's picture

This was so easy and so tasty I made it with golden syrup. whole family loved it. I will defo be making this again with chocolate sauce and the lemon version. yum yum .

taniadawn69's picture

Fab as a chocolate sponge, amazingly fast and very yummy! Only drawback is the calories!!

sarahb1973's picture

I've never thought I'd make a pudding solely using a microwave. Surprisingly nice. Followed recipe for cake to the letter but didn't have any lemon curd so made some. Served hot with dollop of vanilla ice cream. Very nice. Will definitely make again when not planned a dessert and kids and husband expecting one!!

stesar's picture

made the chocolate sponge..... yumm

the_butchuk's picture

you can use vegatarian suet or suet instead of butter with a bit of milk instead makes the sponge more fluffy

noisysmurf's picture

THIS, is one of the BEST puddings EVER!!! My 12 year old made it all in one bowl today after Sunday lunch; AMAZINGLY fast and simple. We had it with creme fraiche and vanilla ice cream. We can't wait to try the chocolate one. Thanks for a great recipe.

ail4978's picture

This really is a great store cupboard recipe just made this but after 3 mins in the microwave I felt it needed another minute.. Took 4mins to make and another 4mins to scoff completely.

sarahlou0605's picture

This is a firm favourite in our household...the children are always asking for when we can have it next ! I agree with some of the previous comments about the cooking time taking a little longer than stated (800w microwave) however I keep cooking for about a minute or so beyond the time stated and use a skewer to test the sponge at regular intervals until it comes clean. I have also made it with a homemade butterscotch sauce...also a big hit !!

willsyk's picture

I've made both lemon and chocolate versions of this sponge and it is delicious either way! Going to try a few variations to find my favourite. Perfect for when you are in a hurry or just in the mood for something yummy. :)

kralph's picture

I made the chocolate version of this for pudding today. I was pleasantly surprised how light and tasty it was. Will def do this fast and simple to make.

I left out the vanilla essence and reduced flour by 25g due to addition of cocoa. I also put in choc chips and served with ice cream. Would serve with a choc sauce next time to make it more delish!


scarlet55's picture

I have to say I was very sceptical, even after reading all the reviews. Well I've just made it and it's the lightest sponge I have ever tasted, will definitely be making it again, probably try it with Golden syrup next time.

desthechef's picture

great fast pudding just tried it with orange zest topped off with homemade marmalade

jossyliddle's picture

Made this tonight as I was fancying something sweet but easy to make and it was lovely! I put some golden syrup in the bottom of the bowl before adding the sponge mixture, I would say it took 5 mins in my microwave but it was light and fluffy, the lemon zest went well with the syrup. I will definitely be making again and I will be trying the other combo's.

sailorgirl700's picture

Made the chocolate version of this pudding last night, again it was great, really quick and simple. Made chocolate custard to go with it. Everyone loved it. Again in my 750w microwave it took about 5 mins.

sailorgirl700's picture

We love this, it is so easy and fast, just what you need for a last minute pudding. I put the lemon curd in the bottom of the pudding bowl then put the mixture on top just, in my microwave 750w it takes about 5 mins.

sallsgaskell's picture

My 7 year old daughter made this for us tonight (with some help). It was delicious, will definitely do again, going to try the chocolate version next week!

1907fenedia's picture

I made the chocolate version the other night and it turned out fantastic, even using the wrong quantities....125g of everything instead of 100g! Adding a good dessert spoon of Sainsbo's Taste the Difference Valencian Orange gave it depth, plus a 200g bar of roughly chopped chocolate melted to make a lovely rich sauce. There were NO leftovers!

20glen11's picture

I had no lemons and no cocoa so I used orange essence instead of vanilla and stirred in some choc chips then served with ambrosia chocolate custard cold from the fridge .... delicious, my 7 year old scrummed it up!!! fantastic recipe and obviously versatile!l

taalia81's picture

Made this tonight and oh my it is so nice for such little effort! Will be making this again!


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