Five-minute lemon poppy seed cake

Five-minute lemon poppy seed cake


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About this recipe: I read a recipe a while ago for a chocolate cake made in 3 minutes in the microwave. I did not believe it, really, but I made some changes and tried to adapt the recipe to my taste. So here is my lemon poppy seed cake, ready in 5 minutes. It rises beautifully, more light and airy than the chocolate version.


Serves: 2 

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract or lemon juice
  • 1 egg

Prep:2min  ›  Cook:3min  ›  Ready in:5min 

  1. Whisk the plain flour, caster sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, baking powder, poppy seeds and lemon extract or juice in a bowl until smooth. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Pour into a buttered microwave-safe ceramic dish or 2 ramekins.
  2. Cook in the microwave oven on High power until a skewer inserted near the centre comes out clean, about 3 minutes.

Other ideas

If you'd like a vanilla cake, replace the poppy seeds and the lemon with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. If you do not have any buttermilk, you can add a few drops of vinegar to fresh milk to curdle it, or use whole-milk yoghurt as also a substitute for the buttermilk.

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