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Microwave Treacle Sponge Pudding Recipe

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.

drizzling golden syrup on sponge cake

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.

ingredients laid out for microwave treacle sponge pudding: self raising flour, golden syrup, caster sugar, two eggs, butter and baking powder
  • 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.

eggs added to creamed sugar and butter in a white bowl

Next, sift in the self-raising flour and baking powder, gently folding them into the butter.

sifted self raising flour and baking powder added to egg, sugar and batter mix

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.

sponge pudding batter for microwave in a white mixing bowl with a wooden spoon

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.

sponge pudding batter in white bowl

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.

sponge pudding with cling film over it in a bowl placed in a microwave

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.

sponge pudding in a white bowl resting after cooking in the microwave

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.

treacle sponge made in microwave

Optionally, you can drizzle a little more golden syrup over the top or leave it plain if you prefer.

drizzling golden syrup on sponge cake

I also like to sprinkle a little icing sugar over the top.

microwave treacle sponge pudding with icing sugar sprinkled on top on a white plate with a tea towel next to it.

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;

What’s your favourite pudding from childhood? There are so many—let me know in the comments!

treacle sponge pudding made in a microwave

Microwave Treacle Sponge Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

A childhood classic made in a fraction of the time! If you want a quick and easy pudding, this microwave treacle sponge pudding recipe is exactly that!


  • 6 tbsp golden syrup
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 125g butter (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Lightly grease a 1 litre microwave safe bowl or pudding basin.
  2. Drizzle the golden syrup over the base of the bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy and creamy in texture.
  4. Slowly add in the beaten eggs and gradually combine.
  5. Sift in the self raising flour and baking powder, gently fold it in until it is completely mixed.
  6. The sponge batter should have a slow dropping consistency when you drop it from a spoon. If it is too thick, stir in 1tbsp of warm water.
  7. Transfer the batter to the microwaveable bowl and flatten the top down with the back of a spoon.
  8. Cover with microwave safe cling film, leaving a small gap to allow air to escape.
  9. Cook on high power for 4 minutes.
  10. Remove from the microwave and leave to stand for a further 4 minutes.
  11. Turn the basin upside down on a serving plate or board and divide up ready for serving.
  12. Serve with warm custard or ice cream!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 7g

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