I've gone the microwave way for baking on more than a few occasions. Let's just say it was one of those "Try, try, till you succeed" type of things. Lets also just say I figured I never would succeed.
I was so sure this would be an unsuccessful recipe, I even pre-drafted a comment to Teach (oh, btw thats my nickname for Madhuri, a professor by profession :0)) that basically told her that it was horrible of her to put such beautiful, albeit unrealistic ideas in peoples heads, and to get the recipe off her site. I decided to try the recipe before I hit the 'post' button, and proceeded to prove myself right.
I didn't ever get to post that comment; the cake was SUPERB!! BETTER than so many cakes I have baked before. And it really was ready in no time at all! I got rave reviews from the family, and just one or two "It would've been better if you had"s. And that's saying something!!
So, THANK YOU Madhuri!! I gladly eat humble-pie, and yummy cake!!
Moral of the story: Sometimes great cake comes with a free side of humble-pie!!
The 6-Minute Microwave Cake *
- 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- A pinch Salt
- 1/4 cup Soy/Almond Milk
- 3/4 cup Oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 4 tsps Flax Seed Powder
- 1 cup Warm Water
- Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl, and mix well together.
- To the dry mix, add the milk, oil and vanilla essence, and mix together.
- Stir the flax seed powder in the cup of warm water, and add to the batter.
- Mix well.
- Pour batter half the way into a greased and floured microwave safe dish. A wide and shallow is required to ensure proper cooking.
- Update (see Notes): Use cling wrap to cove the dish well, and poke several holes in it to allow the steam to escape. DO NOT forget to do this.
- Place it into the microwave for 5-8 minutes, depending on the wattage of your microwave (see notes 4.).
- Once done, leave it in the microwave for a few minutes. After about 10 minutes, remove and check for doneness using the toothpick method.
- Once cool you can top it with fruit slices of your choice, or hot chocolate sauce. Alternatively, serve warm topped with ice cream.
- Madhuri mentioned to cover the dish with cling film and poke sufficient holes in it to let the steam escape. I actually forgot to do this. The cake was still lovely, but I will try it will the cling film the next time around to see if it makes a difference.
Update: I did try making the cake with Cling Film the next time, and it turned out very well, indeed! Even the top of the cake stayed moist.
- I did think the cake was a tad dry to eat without a sauce of some kind or vegan ice cream. I might try adding a whole cup of oil, or some more vegan milk the next time to see if it makes it just a little more moist.
- Mine is an 800 watt microwave. It took exactly 6 minutes. Madhuri's is 900w and took 5 minutes. Do the math!
- Since I didn't have fruits, vegan chocolate sauce or vegan ice cream, I decided to top it with a dusting of icing sugar!