I am a girl on a mission. To make the perfect microwave cake. WHAT?!
We use microwaves to reheat leftover Chinese food, cook frozen meals, and steam vegetables when we’re too lazy to pull out the pots and pans. But cake making? You better believe it!
I tried 5 different versions of this cake before I found the perfect combination of ingredients. I’ve eaten so many overcooked, flavorless, and overly moist cakes that I didn’t want to see another cake again after the third try. But I kept going, just for you.
The key to making lemon cakes work is a lot of lemon flavor, and I do mean a LOT. Here, I added 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of lemon zest
The vessel for holding the cake batter is just as critical. I found that the texture of the cake improved when I started using a ramekin to hold the batter instead of a mug. The batter usually does not reach the top of a standard mug, and I found that the cakes were being cooked twice—once by the heat from the microwave, and again from the steam forming in the mug.
Why did I decide to make a lemon cake, you ask? Because a dear friend brought over a bag of homegrown lemons to me last week! Seeing these fresh lemons reminds me that I need to start my own garden soon.
This recipe makes 2 small cakes, but share one only if you’re feeling generous.
Microwave Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
- 1 large egg
- 3 TBS lemon juice
- 2 TBS non-fat milk, any other milk works also
- 2 TBS sugar
- 1 TBS canola oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 TBS coconut flour
- 1 1/2 TBS all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt, tiny pinch
- 2 TBS lemon zest
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- Natural cooking spray or oil for greasing
- In a small bowl, mix the egg, lemon juice, milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla together.
- Next, stir in the coconut and all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Once everything is well-incorporated, add the lemon zest and poppy seeds.
- Grease two ramekins with cooking spray or oil. Distribute the batter evenly between the two ramekins.
- Microwave each ramekin one at a time. Some of the cake batter usually drips out of the ramekin while cooking, so place a folded paper towel underneath the ramekin. Cook for 1 minute 45 seconds or until the top of each cake is firm to touch.
- Let the cakes cool off for a few minutes before serving.