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Microwave Sponge Pudding

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Serves 4

A fantastic, syrupy microwave sponge pudding, great for when you need a quick fix dessert.

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  • Basic Recipe:
  • 100g Margarine
  • 100g Granulated Sugar
  • 100g SR Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2tbsp Milk
  • 2tbsp Jam or Syrup
  • Flavours:
  • 1tsp Ginger, 1tbsp Coconut, 1tbsp cocoa (for chocolate)


    1. In a microwavable bowl, put the jam or syrup so that it covers the bottom. This will be the top of your cake.
    2. Here it is best to use a food processor, although if you want to you can do it by hand. Put all of the remaining basic ingredients into a bowl (or the mixer) with one of the flavour ingredients. If you want to, you can keep it plain.
    3. Mix or blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
    4. Put in bowl on top of jam/syrup and microwave without a lid on full for 5 mins. Leave for 1-2 mins to stand.

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20th Aug, 2019
Works every time
1st Mar, 2018
Made this in the snowy weather. I used a 2 pint pudding basin, It spilt a little over the top whilst cooking, but not onto the microwave base. Lovely and light, not at all rubbery. I addded at least 4 Tablespoons of syrup and glad I did because the sponge soaks it up. Wondering wether to grease the bowl next time so I could tip it out for serving.. and there will definitely be a next time!
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Trudy Bloye
27th Jan, 2018
My first attempt at a microwave cake/pudding and I was really pleased with the result. Very tasty. The sponge was very light and fluffy, not rubbery or like foam as has been stated in some previous comments. I used an extra 2 tablespoons of golden syrup, which gave a very nice topping, and added some vanilla paste to the sponge.
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20th Aug, 2017
I think there are a couple of amendments needed - firstly you would not need 5 minutes in the microwave to warm up some jam or syrup. It should surely read '5 seconds'. Secondly, the microwave time for the pudding itself - 5 minutes is too long; I found it was perfectly cooked after 3.5 minutes, any more made it rubbery.
25th Jun, 2017
Vary simple sponge recipe that takes minutes to make. We flavoured ours with ginger and a bit of all spice. We guessed the amount of syrup we used but having a sweet tooth I think we used way more then 2 tbl spoons. The sponge does have a foam like texture and is slightly rubbery but this is the price you pay for convenience. The end result is easily worth the 5 minutes put in to making. There is no better dessert you could make in this time. We served with custard and this does make the rubbery texture much less noticeable.
21st Jan, 2017
Well that was easy! As per instructions. Was still damp when it came out, but was perfect by the time the custard was done. Not rubbery as microwave sponge can be. Mixed with blender as recommended. Will definitely do again and again...
29th Feb, 2016
Easy make which came out really well and definitely hit the spot!!
6th Feb, 2016
Really simple recipe and it depends what you put in it as to whether it tastes good or not! So quick and yummy,
15th Oct, 2015
10th Jan, 2015
There is no size of bowl in this recipe and the timings do vary depending on the power of your microwave. I have made it in individual bowls and guessed the timing of my 1000W microwave. Results were lovely and I even put one uncooked in the freezer for another day and that was OK.


25th Dec, 2019
I want to make this recipe for 10 people. Can anyone help with quantities and cooking time please.
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20th Aug, 2017
Half all the quantities for a generous one-person portion. Microwave the pudding for no more than 3 minutes (800 Watts).
5th Jul, 2014
If you've got a sweeter tooth if try adding a bit more golden syrup