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)

littlefriend's picture

yum! made it two nights in a row-it was that good! really quick too. I was a bit dubious about microwaving it all, but it turned out just fine! It's more like a kind of sponge cake than a pudding, but it's nice. The second time I made it I used gluten-free plain flour and a teaspoon of bicarb of soda, it still turned out a treat, not stiff at all!

crcfle's picture

Tried the chocolate version of the cake and was amazed by the way it turned out. Used a 7 1/2" round pyrex shallow dish. Only got a cheap 700w microwave, so cooked it for 4 mins.Quick to make and extremly light and fluffy. I thought I would need to cover it and expected a choc covered microwave, but turned out great uncovered. Not a recipe for a dinner party, but great for the kids or after a family dinner. Looking forward to experimenting with the recipe and trying the Lemon and orange versions. Give it a try.

sarahlou52's picture

Yum yum! So simple to make and so fast! Didn't have any lemons so substituted lemon zest with a tablespoon of lemon curd and it gave it a lovely zingy taste. Also just put lemon curd in the bottom of a pudding bowl before microwaving so it melted into the pud when I turned it out. Easy peasy lemon (curd) squeezy!

26chuckabutty's picture

Hi, this sounds amazing, but I'm a microwave novice - do you have to cover the bowl with clingfilm?

smmccarthy9175's picture

Loved it both the lemon and the chocolate version. Think i might try orange next.

jenniemarz's picture

made the chocolate version with chocolate buttons in - perfect for that cakey moment! husband genuinely amazed!

whittdon51's picture

I do this recipe with treacle/golden syrup, various different jams and I've even used Maple syrup. All of them delicious. Kids love it with ice cream.

Just halve all the ingredients if you want to make it for 2 people.

griffiths's picture

WOW!!! this recipe is amazing !!!! My kids loved it! and it's so easy to make and i also love the chocolate one too! x

toffeebonbon's picture

made the chocolate version.... brilliant... never have to go without desert again!!

cheftara's picture

Easy to make, but not a centre piece for a dinner party.

kevinandmark's picture

Now I am not a cook, but this is easy! Very tasty and tangy. guests love it! The Chocholate one is good too, but the lemon sponge is fab!!

emzy_wemzy's picture

Lovely recipe and so easy to make. We had it with custard and it was delicious. Will try the chocolate version next time.

tags2k's picture

Delicious! Just when you think you've been overwhelmed with making the main meal, you remember that there's always room for this beauty - such great results for such little effort!

sarahcookerybook's picture

So quick and simple everyone thought I'd got it from M&S!

ginny1975's picture

This looks great. Can I just ask what dish others have cooked this in? Would a smallish round pyrex bowl be ok? Thanks for any advice.

emmawelsh's picture

I was very sceptical about this recipe, even after reading all the great comments. As it was in the microwave I was sure that for me it would not work, maybe my dish was not the right size? Ping from the microwave and oh my god!! It was cooked all the way through, risen, light and fluffy. It did only take ten minutes. The sauce was lovely, and not even very much washing up. Brilliant recipe! I can't wait to experiment with chocolate, syrup, jam, sultanas etc. But I think I should probably limit myself to one a week!

jodiem's picture

Have made the chocolate version of this a few times, it is a really quick and easy pudding you can make on the spur of the moment. My little boys loves it, especially with custard! It is also great with icecream. Was great with chocolate drops in it too.

kirstienic's picture

This is sooo easy and quick to make and tastes great!

maitken's picture

this really was the fastest and best cake/pudding i've ever made. my kids loved it, and since i've got one who doesn't really like cake very much, that says a lot! having said all that, i was the only one to add lemon curd alongside, and i thought this combo was wonderful. the cake/pudding itself was obviously still light and moist without, otherwise it wouldn't have been scoffed. great!

clareyb's picture

This was so simple to whip up, and suprisingly light. Will definately be trying the chocolate version soon.


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