Baking isn't just a form of cooking. It's art and like any form of art, it can be achieved using various methods — including using a microwave! If you didn't already know, your microwave can also function as an oven when it comes to baking cakes. While most people think that baking a cake in a microwave can only be done in a convection microwave, that is just not true. Read on and you’ll see that a normal heating mode on a microwave will also bake a cake just fine!
One of the most frequently asked baking questions is about how to bake a cake in a microwave which is understandable as not everyone has a functioning oven in their homes. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a delicious piece of cake for dessert everytime you want!
First off, you must know that while a convection microwave is a great substitute for ovens, it doesn't mean you can't use a microwave without the convection function.
Baking a cake in the normal heating only takes 5- 7 minutes. So pay close attention to timing as a slight deterrence can affect the texture of the product. Your cake might also be dry but you can easily fix that by soaking it in a sugar syrup and turning it into a moist cake instead.
To round off this section, we must emphasize some safety tips you must keep in mind while using the normal heating mode:
When you put your microwave on the convection mode, it starts functioning like an oven. Here's a step by step guide to achieving that, beginning with preheating:
This essential step ensures that the cake cooks perfectly and it begins by starting the convection mode.
While preheating the microwave, prepare the batter. However, ensure that the batter is ready as soon as the microwave is done preheating because the microwave will only retain that temperature for 10 mins.
Once you’ve put the cake pan inside, you need to do the entire process again. Set the microwave on the convection mode, set your temperature and this time you also need to fix your time.
Keep in mind that when using a convection microwave, baking time gets reduced by 25%. For example, if a cake takes 30mins to bake in an oven, it would take 7.5 mins less in a convection microwave. So, remember to set your time accordingly.
3. COOLING DOWN
Once your cake is fully cooked, take it out of the microwave and let it cool down completely. Press the stop button and make sure to not switch off the microwave from the main switch. While it’s cooling down, it’ll make a sound. Once the sound stops, it means the microwave has cooled down.