Quick & Easy Microwave Sponge Cake Recipe

Microwave Sponge Cake in a Flash


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour (US all purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together, gradually add milk and egg.
  2. Sift in the flour, fold in gently
  3. Place the mix in a microwavable dish of about 1 pint capacity
  4. Put your cake in the microwave on full power for about 3½ minutes

A microwave sponge cake is great to either eat as it is, or to use as a base for a homemade trifle or other dessert that uses sponge.

Serving Suggestion

Eat your hot microwave sponge cake before anybody else knows you made it!

The great thing about microwave cooking is it's instant gratification. If you're in a hurry, tired, just got in home late from work, then to nuke a meal is probably all you can manage! This is great comfort food too. Food with a feel-good factor, created from scratch, yet delivered to your plate in under 10 minutes is a great reason to buy a microwave in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy this. I know I do (far too often!)

Baking Tip: Use Silicone Dishes

I now use silicone baking trays for making cakes and bread. They're much easier to store and to wash up. Also, you don't have to grease them as your cakes and bread won't stick. Silicone bakeware dishes are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, oven safe and freezer safe... I find them brilliant.

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Vondre 8 years ago from Columbia, SC

I will sure try this someday and i loved your last quote "Eat it all before anybody else knows you made it!" LOL.. It means the recipe is really nice.. Thanks

Well, I have a cake related hub page as well. Just click on my picture to check it out when you have time

Happy Baking!

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Sharae 8 years ago

i don't know if my cake came out perfectly BUT me and my little brother loved, and it was easy recipe to do! I will take this recipe with me for college! Thanks.

Sharae 8 years ago

i don't know if my cake came out perfectly BUT me and my little brother loved, and it was easy recipe to do! I will take this recipe with me for college! Thanks.

Kitty 8 years ago

Wow...this recipe is great!I love the fact that you can do it in the microwave...so easy yet so tasty ^^

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earner 8 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Conna 8 years ago

I added a touch of cinnamon and vanilla to the mix-- turned out divine! The recipe was really easy. Thanks for sharing it!

peter 8 years ago

Thanks my first cake and so easy. Great

headhoncho 8 years ago

Lovely to taste and very easy to make, brilliant

Pixie 8 years ago

Just made this after really wanted a cake type snack at 9pm and it was lovely, my husband and I enjoyed it loads. Will def be making more and will be experimenting with flavours etc :D

Jay 7 years ago

nooooooooooooooooo. not good. oven baking is the only way. it came out slightly anemic, plasticy and kinda like a omlette....should it really curve under the weight of a knife??

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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Try again Jay ...  maybe you were unlucky.  It might also be to do with: the wattage of your microwave, the shape of your dish and how little/much you mixed it. 

You should be quite gentle when doing the mixing part, folding the flour in gently.

Good luck for next time!

Mischa 7 years ago

Totally love this recipe, gonna use this everywhere i go.

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robert 7 years ago

Love the recipe. It goes to show with a bit of help from a cheap microwave what you can do.

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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, microwave cooking shouldn't be seen as the poor relation of oven cooking. With a bit of practice, tweaking and refining you can quite often produce better results than in an oven - and in a fraction of the time!

Erin 7 years ago

i am cooking mine in my microwave right now!!!!! its a nice recapie and i using silicone cases. looks tasty

Christine 7 years ago

We are going to use this recipe for our residents in our Care Home it should be very easy for them.......hope it's good!

rony 6 years ago


thank you so much.i used your recipe,and it was perfect.i like it.i have one question dat,if i want to make more amount of it,then should i add the ingredients by doubling the quantity?plz reply....

pris 6 years ago

ok.let me try it i don't maybe its good.

i am like 14 yrs .

so my cakes they re like yummy & stuff.

let me try it.


Mopsy 6 years ago

is this cake for 1 person or more?

cant bake 6 years ago

if i were to use all purpose flour instead of self raising, should i add baking powder? if yes, how much ?

brennac 6 years ago

To Can't Bake: You should add about 1/2 tsp of baking soda when using all purpose flour.

To kick it up a notch, add a little lemon juice to the batter (1/2 tsp). And to really step it up, reduce a couple TBS. of Black Cherry preserve with 1/4 cup of red wine and then drizzle over the cake - it soaks in beautifully :)

simmy 6 years ago

it was yummmmmmmm. thanks 4 the recipe..

Laura-Anne 6 years ago

how many does it serve?

saanvi 6 years ago

My mother loved it.Lovely to taste and very easy to make.

soppi 6 years ago

im cooking it now in the microwave im only 11 i like how its nice and simple

Leah 6 years ago

Could you use All-Purpose flour instead of Self-rising ?

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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

All purpose flour, as it is known in the US, is called plain flour in the UK. Self-raising flour is different and includes a raising agent. If using all purpose flour, or plain flour, then you'd need to add in a half teaspoon or so of baking powder - or a raising agent.

Having said that, if you've nothing like that at all and you're hungry - why not just give it a go and accept it'll just be a bit flatter/stodgier than if you had the right flour .... with lashings of treacle or jam - and possibly topped with custard, I'm sure it'd be just as tasty if you're hungry :)

Cake-monster 6 years ago

Absolutely delicious. i was worried it would turn out gooey or sticky but it was fantastic! the cake literally tasted like oven-cooked cake, crumbly, soft and bouncy. So quick and so easy!!

thank god i used quite a deep dish to cook the mixture in because the mixture rises double its original amount!!

... 6 years ago

i just made this cake and it turned

Kirsten 6 years ago

i made mini cupcakes with them and sprinkled chocolate stuff over it AND OMG IT'S SOOO GOOOD LOVE IT!

melody 6 years ago

how many does it serve?

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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

This quick & easy microwave cake will serve 1-2, it really depends how hungry you are.

It's only one egg and half a cup of flour, so it's not massive.

It's an ideal quick & easy microwave cake for somebody living alone, or who has a friend that's popped round for coffee! Certainly not birthday cake sized, for a party.

But play around with it, double the ingredients, try things out - see what you can make of it for your own needs.

Tommy Biggs 6 years ago

UI tried this a few times and it epically failed

once you get the hang of it, its brillant!!!!!!!

Michi 6 years ago

not so good :/

Lottie 6 years ago


Great cake! So easy!!!

Looking forward to trying it with lemon - this time i covered it in honey after cooking.

Am sure this cake will get me through uni!

sree 6 years ago

can we add ghee or dalda instead of butter

Neha 6 years ago

heyy... can we double the ammount to make it in arge quantity??

angha 6 years ago

it came out well !!!!!!!!!!!

Neha Pathak 6 years ago

wow...!! just wow....!!

sasha 6 years ago

came out lovely lol x

Saquib 6 years ago

thanks just tried it last mid night to celebrate my dad's brithday. the cake was awesom

I added 3 teaspoons cocoa powder

and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

thanks again

kim 6 years ago

tried with kids today fab easy recipe with out the wait baked and decorated within 2o mins :D

ANKITA  6 years ago

gr8888 recipe.i'll surelly try dis out 4 d reason dat i luv cakes a lot

ankita 6 years ago

hey itz mi again.hmmmm

i'm jst goi 2 try it out

ihope i make a good one

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paridhi 6 years ago

awesome ! totally spongy. though had to grill for few minutes for crispiness. but i give it 10/10 !

ridhika 6 years ago

pls tell me do i need to use microwave only or combination option...

lily  6 years ago

it is come out soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tasty bring somemore great ideas like this one;

Lauren 5 years ago

ill try it :)

Lauren 5 years ago

Me again I didn't use the 3 and half mins. I put them in the oven for 20-30 mins 150 degres

Linda 5 years ago

It freaking worked! I was a little skeptical trying this, and had to use plain flower, but it came out beautifully and very tasty!

Sehar 5 years ago

I made it and it is soo yummy. My husnad is very happy after eating the cake :) Thank You for the recepie

Nuragi 5 years ago

wow.........this is a very tasty cake,i like this cake.....thank you for the recepie..

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superkat 5 years ago

sounds yummy! thanks for the recipe

kev radmore 5 years ago

Microwave Sponge Cake in a Flash


•1/4 cup butter

•1/4 cup white sugar

•1/2 cup self raising flour

•1 egg

•2 tablespoons milk

*3 3 table spoons of srawberry jam or golden syrup


1.Cream the butter and sugar together, gradually add milk and egg.

2.Sift in the flour, fold in gently

3.Place the jam/syrup into the bottom of the microwave dish of about 1 pint capacity.

4.Place the mix in a microwavable dish.

5.Put your cake in the microwave on full power for about 3½ minutes

charlotte 5 years ago

mm mine went wron i think :L anywayy i didn't like it sorry :(.

Dan 5 years ago

Omg it worked so well. It was light and fluffy and yummy. Added 1/2 tbsp of vanilla & i forgot i didn't have any jam in the house so drizzled some honey over it and my god it was good.

Definitely adding this to my list.

Dan 5 years ago

Sorry, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, not half a tablespoon.

bear 5 years ago

Added vanilla extract and put golden syrup in the bottom with pineapple pieces cooked it for 4 mins was wonderful will defo make for the kids again

lily 5 years ago

can you make without eggs?

jp 5 years ago

had it with nutella ummmmmm

Yumzy 5 years ago

Hmmm....turnd out great xcept dat i used a massive dish n da cake had no shape....realy spongy n airy!!!!!

Ruchi Mishra 5 years ago

I am a very new user for microwave cooking..... Will u suggest me how to start with making some basic eggless cake.


meenaxi 5 years ago

sift flour gently


Lauren 5 years ago

Amazing recipe! Loved it.

Nat 5 years ago

Just made this cake , turned out too dry

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jant 5 years ago

I added a spoo of granulated coffee and swapped the sagar for powdered sweetener its was fab xta

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jant 5 years ago

I added a spoo of granulated coffee and swapped the sagar for powdered sweetener its was fab xta

zinnia 5 years ago

can't we add vanilla in it

please reply soonnnn

kartika 5 years ago


u r geneos

Ahmed 5 years ago

Awesome recipe! and after reading all te positive comments, i am definitely going to try it tomorrow! an that would be my first ever cake makin experience of life;) thanks a lot man!!

no micro 5 years ago

I DONT HAVE A MICROWAVE can i cook it in the oven

Ashwini 5 years ago


Cake came out petfect.....M very happy....My first Cake.....

Thanks a lot for such quick n Easy recipe....

Grace 5 years ago

Absolutely lovely, a bit eggy but other than that delicious.

ananya agarwal 4 years ago

it's fab tasty dillisius i never tasted like that?????????????????????:)

analisac 4 years ago

the cake tasted great but remember to take out the egg yolk or it'll come out all dry (like mine did!). But for a first try at baking it was good. :)

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nbsl 4 years ago

Just made it, didn't see the comment about baking soda if u use all purpose flour, but i'll try it next time...it looks good enough, it's the first time i make a cake from scratch using the microwave, and im just glad the top bit didn't burn like it does in normal ovens!! waiting for it to cool down to have a taste...

Yo yo 4 years ago

The cake was supereb....

to yo 4 years ago

yummm great cake

Elmo 4 years ago

My cake turned out great, but I was leaving it for one of my family members to eat and after a few minutes (about 10) I become rock solid hard! So I suggest to all of you guys to eat it right after it's cooked or squeeze some lemon in the cake, it doesn't make it sour or citrus at all but gives you a nice flavor!

Paulette 4 years ago

Awsome gonna use this recipe over xmas. Thanks :) Have bookmarked this page :) A+++

angela 3 years ago

my cake turned out clumpy and it only rose a little.

its me 3 years ago


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