Sticky sultana pudding

Sticky sultana pudding

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4 - 6
A super-speedy fruit sponge that's cooked in the microwave and ready in just 10 minutes - serve with hot custard or golden syrup

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal368
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g


  • 100g butter, plus extra for the basin



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

  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g sultana
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten



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

  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • golden syrup and custard, to serve
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

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    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…


  1. Butter a small microwave-proof pudding basin. In a separate bowl, rub the butter into the flour and baking powder, then stir in the sugar and sultanas. Gradually add the eggs and milk to make a wet cake mixture.

  2. Spoon into the basin and make a deep hollow in the centre with the back of the spoon. Cover the basin with cling film, pierce with the tip of a knife and microwave on High for 4½-5 mins until well risen and firm to the touch.

  3. Carefully turn the pud out onto a plate and spoon over a generous amount of syrup. Slice and serve with custard.

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Flame Heart's picture
Flame Heart
24th Apr, 2020
Really yummy. We love it. It's so easy to make
14th Feb, 2018
Great speedy pudding with store cupboard ingredients. I halved the recipe and microwaved on 900 for 3 minutes. It remained light and moist. I agree it is not over sweet which is good. Very quickly demolished with golden syrup and custard.
1st Mar, 2017
Just the ticket when you suddenly need sponge pudding. Grated the butter to make rubbing in quicker. My eggs were not large so added 2 more tablespoons of milk as mixture was not as described. Used a normal size china pudding bowl that holds 2 pints. One of those trad pale brown ones. Went for 5 minutes due to china bowl. Turned out and looked just like a real steamed pud. Would do 4 and half minutes next time as it got drier as it cooled. Served with lashings of golden syrup and custard. Sponge is not very sweet so carries syrup well. Will put syrup in bowl as baldrych did.
20th Apr, 2014
I made this too for the first time ever..."microwavable cake". Its very quick and just cake! I used self raising flour and seeped the raising in orange juice. I left out the milk... Its OK, I added homemade strawberry jam to liven it up a bit... Thanks for the recipe :-)
2nd Dec, 2013
Very easy, very tasty. I've only ever used a microwave for reheating or for ready meals, but decided to branch out, with success. Must have a look on the site to see if there's anywhere it gives guidance as to what wattage 'high' refers to. I have a 900 watt oven and guessed 4 minutes. It was just right for this recipe. I microwaved the golden syrup till it was very runny and then poured it over the pudding.
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23rd Sep, 2012
i put golden syrup in the bowl before i put the mixure in , if its too dry microwave it for less time, mine was fine and its a doddle to make.
5th Apr, 2012
Incredibly easy to make, but went dry very quickly and lacked any real flavour.
29th Mar, 2012
made this tonight. it is typical of a microwave cake/pudding. they get rather dry and not very interesting! we're going to try it with syrup and custard tomorrow rather than ice cream like tonight, liven it up a bit!
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Shirley Valentine
14th Aug, 2015
I'm guessing this can also be steamed on the stove top in the traditional way? And if so, for how long....1.5-2 hours? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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