Try out this microwave treacle sponge pudding recipe for a quick and easy version of the childhood classic!
If you want to make a sponge cake that will be ready in less than 5 minutes, the microwave is the way to go.
Read on to learn step by step how to make this easy microwave treacle sponge pudding.
How To Make Treacle Sponge In The Microwave
There’s no denying that making treacle sponge the traditional way, by steaming it, is the tastiest way (I think), but sometimes the need to eat quickly wins the day!
The following ingredients are enough to make a sponge pudding that serves four people.
What You Need To Make Microwave Sponge Pudding
For concise instructions and to print out the recipe, please scroll down to the card at the bottom of the page.
- 1 litre microwave-safe bowl or pudding basin ( I used this one from Amazon)
- 6 tbsp. golden syrup
- 125g butter at room temperature
- 90g caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 125g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Making Microwave Sponge Pudding
Start off by lightly greasing the pudding basin or bowl.
Pour the golden syrup into the greased bowl to completely cover the base. Feel free to add some more syrup if you want more treacle on the top of the sponge pudding.
In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until they are combined and creamed together. It should be light and fluffy.
Beat the eggs in a separate jug and then gradually add them to the butter and sugar mix.
Next, sift in the self-raising flour and baking powder, gently folding them into the butter.
Once it is combined, you will need to check the consistency of the sponge batter – it should slowly drop from a spoon when lifted up.
If it is too thick and doesn’t drop, add 1 tablespoon of warm water. Don’t add too much; you don’t want it to be too runny.
Once the batter is ready, transfer it into the microwaveable basin or bowl, pouring it over the top of the golden syrup. Use the back of a spoon to level the top of the batter.
Before placing it in the microwave, you must cover it with microwave-safe cling film or alternative bakeware that is suitable for the microwave. Leave a little gap to allow the air to circulate and escape.
Now it’s ready for a very quick cook time in the microwave!
Set it off on high power for 4 minutes (yes, 4 minutes!)
Once the time is up, carefully remove it from the microwave, remove the cling film, and leave it to stand for another 4 minutes.
Now, turn it upside down on a board or serving plate; it should come out quite easily (if the bowl was greased!) If you struggle to get the sponge cake out of the bowl, grab a spatula and give it a helping hand.
Optionally, you can drizzle a little more golden syrup over the top or leave it plain if you prefer.
I also like to sprinkle a little icing sugar over the top.
And that’s it! A really easy and quick way to make treacle sponge cake in the microwave. Relive a childhood classic in less time!
More British Desserts
There are plenty of popular British desserts to choose from; below are just a few to inspire you;
- Spotted Dick
- Apple Crumble
- Madeira Cake
- Victoria Sponge
- Millionaire Shortbread
- Mince Pies
What’s your favourite pudding from childhood? There are so many—let me know in the comments!