I first heard of the 5-minute microwave cake during my first year of university, through a facebook group. It seemed one of those typically student fads – taking even baking to the level of a simple microwave meal, incredible! On the other hand, I’m not entirely averse to the notion of microwaves – I don’t think they’re the root of all evil and that porridge should definitely be made on the hob despite the extra washing up and faffing about instead of sticking your bowl into the microwave. No… the root of all evil is ready meals. Not microwaves.
(I have minions now! Mwahaha!)
Also, I have some bad news. Very bad news. Looking at the available apartments and talking to other students, it looks like a 99% certainty that I won’t have an oven when I move to France (in less than a weeek!!) because flats there tend to be equipped with just a hob, sink and fridge. I know. How. Will. I. Cope.
Mind you in a weird way – despite the fact that I’m in love with baking – I’m rising to the challenge. (No pun intended). So I thought I would try out this crazy idea with the help of my brother, with whom I have been cooking up potential little business ideas for next summer on this topic. The recipe goes something like this: combine 4 Tbsp. self-raising flour, 4 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 egg, 3 Tbsp. milk, 3 Tbsp. oil, Small splash of vanilla, 3 Tbsp. chocolate chips. The best way is combine wet & dry ingredients separately before adding together. (source, tweaked a bit)
Then fill a coffee mug and cook at 800W for 3 minutes, but only fill by about two-thirds to three-quarters. Because this happens:
However, tidied up it looked ok! And actually, I was very impressed with how it tasted. Henry, me and his friend Maddie had a nom with some tea. Henry thought perhaps a little dry, but I think considering the microwave-baking, it wasn’t at all bad! In fact, I’m having some ideas about cooking teacup muffins….. oooh there goes my afternoon’s worth of plans!!
So has anyone else tried this? It literally takes about 5-10 minutes to make. What were your results like?