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Microwave cake experiment #1
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It is possible to make cakes in a microwave. Up until a few days ago, I did not know this. Now I do, I had to try.

I wanted to try a recipe that doesn't require any eggs because I never use the things for anything else. After reading several, I plumped for this one due to the portion size looking reasonable.

Here are the ingredients I used.

  • 2 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons xylitol
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • shake of salt
  • 1 tablespoon mild olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • dollop of peanut butter
As an Absolute Beginner, I decided to use self-raising flour rather than fluffing about with baking powder. I used xylitol rather than sugar because that's what I happened to have in the house, and I like the tooth-friendliness of it.

I have never bought flour before.

I mixed the ingredients in a ramekin. It made a nice thick batter.

Cake experiment #1's thick batter

Cake experiment #1's batter, with a dollop of peanut butter

I cooked it in my 800W microwave on full power for one minute. It started rising well before the minute was up, though I left it in for the duration. It came out looking decent:

Cake experiment #1 immediately after cooking (1 minute in an 800W microwave).  It rose nicely

The consistency looked suitably cakey:

The consistency of cake experiment #1.  Looks nice and cakey, but tasted somewhat dry

So, how was it?

The portion size was indeed just right. A lot of microwave cake recipes specify double the quantities of the ingredients; that would have been far too much.

It wasn't sweet enough; there was lots of cocoa flavour, but not enough sweetness to balance it. Next time, I will add an extra teaspoon of xylitol.

There was a definite saltiness; one (small!) shake of salt is apparently too much.

Although the consistency looked fine, it tasted dry; the mouthfeel wasn't quite right. The lack of sweetness probably had something to do with this. Could've been slightly overcooked; next time, I will reduce the cooking time by ten seconds. The nice cup of tea I drank with the cake did offset this somewhat.

I'm not sure about the peanut butter; if anything, it contributed to the dryness. I do like peanut butter, but in concert with something moist and sweet (e.g. banana). I will reevaluate after correcting the moistness and sweetness of the rest of the cake.

Lots of potential, though. Roll on tomorrow's afternoon tea!

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