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How to Bake a Cake in the Microwave Oven in Mere Minutes

Updated on July 4, 2011
Microwave cake mix to bake a cake in the microwave photo: phoosh @flickr
Microwave cake mix to bake a cake in the microwave photo: phoosh @flickr

Why I Like to Make Cake in the Microwave Oven

Sometimes I get a hankering for something sweet, and I just don't want to wait for it to bake, or it's too hot to use the oven. Sure, I could grab a candy bar or go buy something to satisfy my sweet tooth. But why should I when I have all of the ingredients to make a delicious homemade cake, and I can be eating it before I would get to the store?

How? I make cakes in the microwave! And I don't use a convection microwave oven, just a plain ole microwave. Here is how to make a cake in the microwave oven:

How to Make a Cake in the Microwave - Preparation

First, use your basic cake recipe ingredients or cake mix. I would suggest avoiding light colored cakes. This is because microwaves don't brown. So if you make a light cake in the microwave, it may look a little weird and unappealing. If you are going to frost the cake, this should not be a huge problem.

Mix up the batter normally.Then, pour the cake batter into a greased, microwave safe dish. You can use a bowl or whatever you wish. I use a pie pan. It turns out to be like a single layer, small cake- perfect for a snack.

How Long Does It Take to Bake a Cake in the Microwave Oven?

The timing for the cake will vary. It depends on many factors- the size of the cake, the type of cake, the size of your microwave, and its wattage. For my particular microwave oven, I cook my cake in the microwave for 8 minutes on high. I would check the cake after 5 minutes if you've never made a cake in your microwave before.

After it has cooked, leave it in the microwave oven for about an extra 5 minutes. This allows it to continue to cook for a bit more.

Tips for How to Bake a Cake in the Microwave Oven

Then, take it from the microwave. Turn it out onto a cake plate and allow the cake to cool. After it has thoroughly cooled, you can frost it or whatever you would normally do.

As for me, I usually just eat it warm out of the microwave with no frosting. I do sometimes top it with ice cream if I'm feeling particularly sinful. I have also made two cakes before. After they cooled, I turned them into a double layer cake stuffed in the middle with whatever seemed good- cherry pie filling, whipped cream, fruit, the possiblilities are almost endless. Enjoy!

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    • sen.sush23 profile image


      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I tried a cake in the microwave today, and was not feeling particularly confident. So I just checked out your hub to get some inspiration. I loved your ideas of the cream and double layer. Thanks for this was real helpful- it turned out well, though I had to use more time and I did in convection. I agree about the color, I had vanilla flavored one so it was kind of pale. Voted up useful.

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      6 years ago

      This is great. Never made a cake in the microwave before. It is so light and delicious. Finished in just 5 minutes. Love it.

    • John B Badd profile image

      John B Badd 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I am going to do this before the week is out, i can feel it :)

    • judydianne profile image


      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I think brownies might be good in the microwave. Thanks for the idea!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your useful hub but microwave ovens are definitely out for me.


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