I had planned on making some cookies with my son this morning but remembered that the gas on our cooker ran out at the end of dinner last night. The gas shop wasn’t going to be open for a few hours and my son was incredibly bored so my husband decided to make a cake with him – a cake that didn’t need to go in the oven!
My husband found a recipe for a microwave chocolate cake on BBC Good Food. The recipe even says that it is great for busy mums! It was very quick and only took 5-10 minutes to prepare and our son loved mixing the different ingredients as well as eating it once it was cooked – he kept asking for ‘more!’.
100ml sunflower oil, plus more for pan
175g caster sugar
140g plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa
3 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g chocolate pieces (for chocolate ganache)
5 tbsp double cream (we didn’t have any double cream so we used 2 tbsp whole milk which made a chocolate coating)
Grease a 22cm silicone microwaveable cake pan with a little oil and place a circle of baking parchment in the bottom.
Mix sugar, flour, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl.
In a jug whisk the oil, eggs, vanilla and 100ml hot water until combined.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix throughly until you have a lump-free batter.
Pour mixture into cake pan and gently tap to pop any air bubbles. Cover with cling film.
Microwave on full power (800w) for 7 minutes. Remove and check if cake is cooked by poking a skewer into the middle; if it is ready it will come out clean.
Allow cake to stand for 5 minutes then remove cling film and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Then you would make the ganache by melting the chocolate on half-power (600w) for about 2 minutes (stirring every 30 seconds) until melted. Add the double cream and mix until smooth. Once the cake is cool, spread the ganache over the cake. You could decorate with sprinkles also.
Cake will keep for 3 days in an air-tight container.
*As we had no double cream my husband melted the chocolate and then added the whole milk. This made a chocolate coating. We then decorated the cake with some white chocolate coins that we had left over from Christmas.