The Microwave Bday Cake

This is going to be a life saver for a lot of you who are leaving in China. Most Chinese apartments, in fact, don’t have an oven which dramatically reduce the selection of recipes we can prepare.

Moreover, I have found it hart to find a decent patisserie where to get a proper birthday cake without braking the bank.

Therefore I have tried this new recipe which doesn’t require an oven but just a microwave. The cake turns out to be really soft and tasty. I have filled it with some Chocolate Cream Pastry and decorated it with whipping cream and the MMF roses.


  • 125 g sugar (2/3 cup)
  • 125 g flour (1 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g butter (2/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 120 ml milk, 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 200 g whipping cream
  • Chocolate Cream Pastry
  • MMF (to decorate)

Melt the butter in your microwave at max heat for 1/2 min. Mix it with the sugar.

Add the eggs and beat together.

Slowly add the flour and baking powder…

…and then the cocoa powder

Pour in some milk

Drop the mixture in a glass bowl covered with baking paper.

Cook at max heat for 6 min. When it done, slightly open the oven and let it cook down (dont take the cake out until it is cold).

In the meantime whip the whipping cream, prepare the chocolate cream pastry and heat some milk and cocoa powder.

With a wet knife cut the cake into 3 slices (even 4 if it is high enough) and water each slice with the chocolate milk you have just made.

Place one slide on a plate and spread it with chocolate cream pastry, cover with the second slide and spread more pastry and cover with the last slide.

Spread whipping cream all over the cake, so that it is all covered.

Decorate it with the MMF roses and tufts of whipping cream. Refrigerate for a couple of hour before serving.

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.