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.
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
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Method Prep:2min › Cook:3min › Ready in:5min
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.
Cook in the microwave oven on High power until a skewer inserted near the centre comes out clean, about 3 minutes.
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.