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 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


  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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…

  • 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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2nd Jun, 2020
I made half recipe in two large ramekins. Excellent but I wouldn't put the lemon curd at the base as it overflowed and I lost half of it. I will try again but ensure the mix is stuck to all sides of the ramekin which may hold the lemon curd in. Decorate with a mint sprig and a strawberry/raspberry cut up
1st Dec, 2019
Absolute genius recipe for quick entertaining or you just fancy a pud. Flavour combinations are endless. Think the method has missed a trick for the speedy element. As another cook observed, simply put lemon curd in the bottom of the bowl before topping with the batter. Or jam, or sliced pineapple and syrup etc. Only criticism is on bowl size guide. I used ramekins and ended up with overflow but so pleased with results regardless.
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Matthew Burns
10th Sep, 2019
Why would you ever buy one of those ready made puddings? Ever!? If you are going to eat sugar then for heavens sake only this is what you need to have down your 'Gob' lol
6th Apr, 2019
Lovely easy recipe!
1st Apr, 2019
I was intrigued by this recipe but it really was this easy! I used a medium sized Pyrex bowl - defo mix in one and then cook in a fresh one! I 'turned' the bowl halfway through (literally turned it 180 degrees, no idea if that was right!) and blasted it for 30 extra seconds too. It is very light and reminded me of the kind of sponge you used to get in school! Will be trying the chocolate one next!
29th Jan, 2019
Scarily fast and simple, and very good. I only used half the sugar, because I was making the sponge to use up some rasberry coulis that was in the fridge that's quite sweet, and the texture of the sponge was fine.
4th Jan, 2019
Made this tonight - delicious. I put the lemon curd at the base then added the cake batter. I also had to put it in for an extra minute. Absolute delish and super easy.
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.


22nd May, 2020
Didn’t work for me.. was really looking forward to making this ‘magic’ pudding even made my own lemon curd to go in the bottom as per other reviews but after the suggested time in the microwave the pudding still looked like cake mix on top, I cooked it 2 minutes more and it came out dry and very pale looking, not at all appetising. Tasted ok. Might try in the oven next time ? Any thoughts? Thanks
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22nd May, 2020
Hello Emma, We wrote this recipe with the intention of the lemon curd going on top, this will then soak into the pudding - and what the top looks like won't matter. If you want to put the lemon curd in the bottom then perhaps save some to go on top as well. You could cook this in the oven, but we also have this recipe if you wanted to do that. Lulu
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.
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