Microwave Bakewell Cake

It’s been a few days of unconventional methods. Yesterday I bribed the children with chocolate and lollipops to get them to stay quiet for a few minutes for an important interview. I had limited success and it’s not a regular occurrence. The Mammy Police can stand down!

Today I’m advocating adultery.

Not in the conventional sense of the word.

I want to you to cheat on your oven and make my microwave bakewell cake. It serves 2 people, not that you’re going to want to share.

More than likely your oven might be offended by this blatant neglect so I recommend covering it with a teatowel so it can’t spot you making sweet love to this moist gooey cake, with jam at the bottom and cream on the top with toasted almonds. You may even consider a more permanent baking solution based upon this recipe. Or not.

That microwave mug cake that does the rounds every now and again. I’ve tried it.


How anybody can expect the gluten in flour to cook in such a short amount of time escapes me. While it’s entirely edible in a panic moment, it more than likely will give you a belly ache.

If you want to make a cake in the microwave, use ground almonds, not wheat flour.

Microwave Bakewell Cake - Wholesome Ireland - Irish Food & Parenting Blog
Microwave Bakewell Cake – Wholesome Ireland – Irish Food & Parenting Blog

Anyway, enough dithering around.

Dalliances are often brief. We will keep it this way and make the cake in 10 minutes from start to finish.

Before commencing, wash and dry a 300g glass jam jar. Slightly bigger is also okay. Bear in mind I’ve a 900 Watt microwave so you may need to increase your cooking time accordingly.


  1. 1 medium egg

  2. 50g caster sugar

  3. 3 tablespoons sunflower oil

  4. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

  5. 75g ground almonds

  6. 2 tablespoons jam of your choice


  1. In a large bowl combine the egg, caster sugar, oil, almond extract and ground almonds with a fork. Just mix until you have a stiff batter and you don’t have an oil slick on top!

  2. Spoon the jam into the bottom of the jar. Carefully spoon the cake batter on top.

  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Allow to rest for 2 minutes, then microwave on high for a further 1 minute.

  4. Please note I have a very efficient 900W microwave. If your microwave is lower wattage you will need to cook the cake for 30 seconds longer each time for 750-800W, then 1 minute longer for 600-700W.

  5. If in doubt at all as to whether the cake is cooked, insert a cocktail stick into the centre of the jar. If it comes away clean the cake is cooked. If still in doubt, blast in the microwave for a further 30 seconds.

  6. Leave the cake to stand for at least 10 minutes before eating as it will be piping hot.


  1. Serve with fresh whipped cream on top with toasted flakes almonds.

  2. Eat with a spoon.

Microwave Bakewell Cake - Wholesome Ireland - Irish Food & Parenting Blog
Microwave Bakewell Cake – Wholesome Ireland – Irish Food & Parenting Blog

18 thoughts on “Microwave Bakewell Cake”

  1. You know what’s impossible to find in a regular grocery store in
    America? Ground almonds, that’s what. They’re not standard baking-aisle
    fare here like they are at home. I’ve ground my own in the food processor, but they don’t get as fine and it’s a pain. (Maybe I could find them in a fancy foodstore, I haven’t tried that hard. But it means that I’m less likely than I would otherwise be to make this, which is either (both) a great pity and probably just as well.)

    1. Okay so I don’t know whether you’ll thank me or curse me! You’ll looking for almond meal & it’s in the health food section of Trader Joe’s & also in Wholefoods. If you have an Armenian or Eastern European store nearby you’d get it there too. I hope it’s some help?

      1. Almond meal? Interesting. I don’t go to TJ’s or Wholefoods very often as they’re not particularly close, but we have an organic store nearby that might have it now that I know what to ask for.

  2. Sinead - Bumbles of Rice

    I’ve got to try this. Must remember to keep a jar, I’m v efficient at recycling 🙂

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  4. Dr Hows Science Wows

    Ooh, quick and tasty… I’m convinced! I even have all the ingredients… think this might be a little Sunday treat!

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  6. Looks amazing! There are four of us in this house….one of which is a trained chef so loathes the microwave, but could make it just before he comes home from work, then my son need know nothing. My question is, can I make this, doubling the quantities in a larger bowl for all four of us? This is also a fabulous choice for all coalic sufferers out there…..shall forward this recipe to my mum to treat my dad. So a massive thank you.

    1. Hi Jax. No unfortunately you’d need to make 2 batches – honestly this recipe is plenty for 2 people. Laughing at the chef who hates the microwave. They’re not that bad, I promise!

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