Recipe: 30 minutes Vanilla Sponge Cake

Last Saturday I woke up craving cake. And not just any cake. A cake that could have custard and coconut on it.

Now feel my pain. My stove only heats up at the top, meaning that any attempt to bake a cake, would fail miserable. Only the top part would cook and maybe burn trying to get the middle and bottom part cooked.

As I stare miserably at my stove, the corner of my eye picks up the microwave. Why not a super quick microwave cake? Alleluia! My Saturday becomes clearer, sunny and fuzzy warm.

But wait, I do not have any microwave cake recipes. It would have been the worst if I had not been aware that good old Google has everything you could ever search for.

Now, as I type in “Recipe for Microwave Basic Sponge Cake” all these chocolate recipes pop up. I don’t feel like chocolate.

Hello! Simple vanilla sponge cake comes into view. And I go for it.


  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of milk (I probable used 6-7 tablespoons so that the mix was semi-liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence


Sieve flour and baking powder together and keep aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs and milk thoroughly. Beat well for 5 mins.

Add flour and baking powder. Mix and add essence. Blend again and pour the mixture into a large microwave safe bowl because it really grows.

The recipe says bake for 60 seconds in a 600W microwave. I was very skeptical about baking a cake in 60 seconds. Since I did not know how many Watts the microwave had I  I kept a close watch. And when I mean close, my face was pretty much glued to the microwave door the whole time. 60 seconds went by and the cake wasn’t rising, moment of sudden panick right there. I decided to add on to the time. I kept adding 10 seconds to the time just to make sure it cooked. I must have let the cake bake for 5 to 6 minutes in the microwave instead of 60 seconds.

I let it out to cool down and tried to remove it from the bowl, it wouldn’t bulge, even though I added butter and flour so that it wouldn’t stick to the bowl. At the end it did. But that wasn’t really such a big problem, because the cake was perfect!


For the custard topping all I did was:

Mixed a cup of water with a tablespoon of custard until the custard powder disolved completely. Put it in the stove at medium heat and stirred until it got a porridge consistency. I took some condenced milk and added to the custard, I did not measure because this is according to your taste buds. I added condenced milk to make it just sweet enough.

I poured the custard on top of the cake and then added some grated coconut on top of it all.

What do you guys think? Worth a try right?

It tasted so good, I basically finished the whole bowl by myself. Only shared two slices with Big.


Would you guys try this recipe? Let me know how it goes if you try! It’s perfect for those lazy Sunday teas.

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