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Recipe of the week – Microwave treacle sponge

I’ve finally got round to blogging one of my favourite recipes, a quick microwave treacle sponge.


  • 2 oz/50g Soft Margarine
  • 2 oz/50g Caster sugar
  • 4 oz/100g Self Raising flower
  • 1 egg
  • A few drops of vanilla escence/extract
  • Some milk


Grease a round heat proof glass bowl, approx capacity of about 1 litre (the one I use is marked as 1 litre so dont know what it is in imperial quantity). Spoon into the prepared bowl two or three desert spoonfulls of treacle or golden syrup.


  1. Beat the margarine and sugar together until creamy.
  2. Add a few drops of vanilla escence/extract.
  3. Add the egg and mix thouroughly.
  4. Add flower and mix until mixture becomes stiff.
  5. Add a little milk to soften the mixture, but not too much, it should hold its shape when scooped up.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared bowl, over the treacle/golden syrup. It should come to about half way up the bowl.
  7. Cook in the centre of a microwave on full power for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. It should rise and may reach the top of the bowl.
  8. Turn out onto a plate, mix some custard and serve. This would serve 4, but is better to share between two! Take care when removing from the microwave oven as the bowl can be very hot. Oven gloves or a towel should be used.


  • Replace treacle with jam or other fruit.
  • Mix currants/sultanas into the mixture for a fruit sponge.
  • Add some cocoa powder and/or chocolate chips for a chocolate sponge cake.
  • For added variety, put in some food colouring, yellow for a more vibrant looking sponge, blue, green and red for a marbled effect. Once you master the basic recipe the possibilities are endless.

Additional Tips

If you find it doesnt cook properly, try placing an upturned saucer or plate into the microwave first then stand the bowl on that. This raises the bottom of the bowl and helped to achieve better cooking.

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1 comment to Recipe of the week – Microwave treacle sponge

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