Fastest ever lemon pudding

Fastest ever lemon pudding

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(93 ratings)

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 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 eggs



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

  • zest of 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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18th Mar, 2017
Really tasty, but please be more specific about cooking bowl size... how do you quantify 'medium'? and the time in the microwave as different ovens work on different wattages.....
12th Mar, 2017
So easy and the whole family love it. Haven't tried the chocolate version but was thinking of experimenting with syrup next time. The lemon version is a absolute winner!
12th Feb, 2017
I am amazed that something so light and delicious can be produced in a microwave. Super quick to make and the texture is very, very good. I've recommended this recipe to friends.
24th Sep, 2016
Made lemon one night, and chocolate the next - the lemon one was light in texture but needed an extra min in microwave. Chocolate pud was equally light and really delicious too. Only needed the stated 3 minutes. Would definitely make again.
7th Feb, 2016
Can't believe how nice this was from a microwave!! Can't wait to try the chocolate one!
25th Jan, 2016
I made this for our tea last night as my friend had given me a large jar of home made lemon curd and I halved the recipe as it was just the two of us, my husband wished I hadn't halved it as he said it was one of the nicest puddings he had ever eaten and I have to agree. Delicious and very light. I got everything ready earlier in the afternoon and left the bowl in the fridge and just popped in the microwave when we were ready to sit down to our main meal. I added some blueberries and served with blueberry ice cream. Heaven.
5th Nov, 2015
Made this last night with friends watching - one of them went outside to move her car, she came in 5 minutes later and she'd missed the whole thing! Amazingly quick and tasty. We made it again just to show her;)
1st Nov, 2015
Made this today and the family loved it, so quick and easy, a great recipe will definitely be making this one again!
16th Oct, 2015
Oh my, this was absolutely delicious. Very light. I also put the lemon curd in the bottom of the dish and halved the mixture as there were only 2 of us. Will definitely do again maybe with salted caramel sauce on the bottom and many other variations.
22nd Jun, 2015
Really quick and easy, a lovely sponge. I wondered if the lemon curd would make it too sickly, but actually not, will def make again, and try the chocolate version too!! Lovely with creme fraiche.


15th Oct, 2015
I tried making a half quantity of lemon pudding and it was dry. I suppose I should have reduced the cooking time. What would be the correct time for a half quantity? Also should I have covered it while it was cooking in the microwave?
11th Nov, 2014
Hi, what does it mean by "turn halfway trough" my microwave turns anyway, am I being a bit dim here? lol. Want to try it tonight.
little chef
7th Jun, 2014
I love this recipe, but whenever I make this it always comes out a bit dry, can anyone help me?
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12th Jun, 2014
The cake should not be dry unless it has overcooked, perhaps your microwave is a higher wattage than the one the recipe was tested in, try lowering the cooking time slightly.
12th Mar, 2017
I love the versatility of this recipe! having tried both the lemon and choc, for a change, I used the base cake ingredients, added a touch of syrup to the cake mixture and then 4-5 tbs of golden syrup in the bottom of the 'baking' dish, pour the cake mix on top & microwave as per recipe. Voila! Fastest ever syrup sponge pudding! :-)
5th Feb, 2017
I added juice of half a lemon to shop bought lemon curd to make it more lemony with the pudding . Very nice.