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.
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.
I had high hopes for this recipe and really, really wanted to like it, but for the life of me, I can't get this to turn out. I've tried several times, each with an oversized 2c. ceramic coffee mug. It always looks great from the outside, but it keeps burning on the inside. I've reduced the cook time to 2 minutes with little success. The inside just wants to change colors to an unappetizing burnt brown and is very chewy. Flavor wise, the cake is great, especially when topped with lemon glaze. - 23 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was a fun experiment but not one I'll repeat. While not exactly inedible, there was just something offputting about the texture and taste. I added a lemon glaze to top it off which definitely helped. - 24 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
The texture is a bit wierd but it might be because I used Splenda, Egg Beaters and fat free buttermilk. The taste is right on for a lemon cake. I thought I had poppyseeds but alas, I didn't and already had the rest made. So cooked in my microwave for exactly 2 1/2 minutes, worked perfect. I put a little glaze on top of powdered sugar, skim milk and lemon extract. Thanks for a great idea, and I'll buy some poppyseeds for sure to make this again. - 24 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)