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Microwave cake experiment #1
penrose orange
stephenw32768
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!

Doctor Who 7x09, "Hide"
bubbledalek
stephenw32768
And we're half-way through the half-season already!

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