Microwave cake

Microwave cake

Last week I saw on Midtown Lunch about a cake you make in the microwave. It sounds pretty nutty. Who makes cakes in microwaves? Why would you even want to do it in the first place? I’m not sure who came up with this, but it just sounded like a great thing to try at home. What you see here was actually the second attempt. The first attempt was dry and not so good. This one was uh… slightly better.

The recipe is simple enough, some flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, butter, egg, and the microwave. The first time, I mixed everything together in an oversized coffee mug, stuck it in the microwave for three minutes, and the result was a poofy and dry mess. It was still edible but the second iteration was done with some updates.

When you eat this cake, the first thing you realize that it’s quite dense. It’s not your pillowy soft type of cake. Since it was dense and dry, I figured it would be a good idea to reduce cooking time and perhaps reduce dryness. The switch from a 3 minute nuke time to 2.5 minute nuke time helped matters a little.

The second time around I also separated the egg yolk from the egg white and beat the hell out of the egg whites. Since I hand whisked it, the result wasn’t super great. I’m not sure it made a difference or if it was the reduced cooking time. Either way, the second iteration of the cake was much better than the first.

But you know how there’s commercials now about ‘drinkability’ and we all know that the commercial is bullshit? Well, if there was a eatability, this cake would be sorta in the middle. It’s not the greatest thing in the world, but I don’t make cake. So for non-cake makers who still want cake and don’t want to buy cake? This is the thing for you!

Honestly, I think it’s possible to make this taste even better. It just takes some special tinkering. But unlike the suggestion of Zach at Midtown Lunch, I really don’t think it would be possible to do this at your work place and have it taste good… haha. You can try though…

Posted by Danny on January 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm

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