It’s December already and this happens to me every year. My middle son, Spike has his birthday early in December, but I am never ready. It creeps up on me, just like Christmas. This is where I grab my quick microwave chocolate birthday cake recipe. It works every time and only takes just 7 mins to make in the microwave oven.
I am totally indebted to a lovely South African lady I met whilst living in Poland, who gave me the recipe. It is literally my “go to cake recipe”. I must use this recipe at least 12 times a year! If I suddenly have friends or family over for tea, I will rustle up this cake. With every birthday, or celebration it seems, I will make this chocolate cake.
What’s so great about it? It’s made in the microwave oven, both a combination microwave oven or a regular microwave oven work. It takes just 7 mins on full power. It is really rich and moist and I love it. It has a hint of vanilla essence in the butter icing, so it just has a lovely rich chocolate flavour with a hint of vanilla in a lovely moist cake. I just love it! And everyone comments on the taste and texture of the cake.
So to the quick microwave chocolate birthday cake recipe:
- 1 cup flour (250ml)
- 1 cup castor sugar (250ml)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Sift the above ingredients together.
- 45ml cocoa powder
- 1 cup hot water (250ml)
- 2 eggs
- 60ml oil
- Whisk the above 4 ingredients together
- To make the butter icing:
- 140g icing sugar
- 100g margarine (but unsalted butter is better)
- 6ml vanilla essence
- 4ml hot water
- 20ml cocoa powder
- Combine all the ingredients together and whisk well.
- Place in a round microwavable container, lined with kitchen towel (to stop the cake sticking).
- Cook for 7-8mins on high in a microwave.
- Ice with your favourite icing.
- To make the icing, simply beat together the ingredients until smooth. Ice your chocolate cake once cooled. Decorate with chocolate buttons, chocolate chips, mini rolo or marshmallows or sprinkles.
Now my microwave has 800 watts as full power, and the cake takes 7.5 mins ideally, but you need to check your microwave and see what the maximum power is, and adjust your timing accordingly. The recipe states 7 minutes. I use a silicone mould and line that with kitchen towel and it works a treat. The cake doesn’t stick to the container at all. And to be honest, knowing I can rustle up a cake in such a short space of time is such a blessing.
So this recipe can either make one large cake or many little cupcakes. You just have to be careful with the timing if you use little silicone cupcakes. I will make these and let you know how I get on with the timings, as little cupcake versions are perfect for popping in the lunch box.
The choice is yours and equally the sprinkles and embellishments you use are up to you!
This year I managed to find some alphabet cookie cutters so we spelt out Spike’s name in chocolate chip cookies and popped those on a plate! The look on his face was priceless! King Julien rustled up the cookies and he’s just 13, so a family effort!
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Thanks for reading and please let us know what you think if you do try it. Also, if you have one, what’s your “go to cake” recipe in such an emergency? And also what are your favourite microwave recipes?
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The Lunchbox Lady x