Friday, August 23, 2013

Eggless Chocolate Carrot Cake in Microwave

In my mother's place, the main problem when it comes to cooking and baking is the lack of an efficient oven. You know, biscuits and cookies are burnt at the bottom or they are too dark on top, cakes sides are burnt and/or cakes are not done in the centre and cakes burst on top, etc. This is the only reason why I pause my cooking adventures in Turkey (unfortunately.) 

Once again, I'm in İstanbul and I've stopped baking things and it's been boring and torturing me, but then I fortunately realised (too late though) my mom also has a microwave oven which she uses only for heating or thawing food. All those photos of cakes baked in microwaves flashed through my mind and then I decided to give it try. Why not, I thought. Something snappy-quick would be ready for the afternoon tea table using the avalaible ingredients at home. And if it fails, it fails. After a quick search, I chose a chocolate carrot cake recipe on under the title of 20 Desserts You Can Make in Your Microwave. The cake came out really moist, soft and delicious. Besides, it's egg-free which makes the cake even more attractive for egg-free diet people craving such an express chocolate cake!


Butter - 1/2 cup, melted
Condensed milk - 1/2 cup
Honey - 2 teaspoons
Castor Sugar - 2 tablespoons
Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
Baking Soda - 1/4 teaspoon
Baking Powder - 1/4 teaspoon 
All purpose flour / Plain Flour - 3/4 cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
Grated Carrot - 3/4 cup
Walnuts - 2 tablespoons, roughly chopped


1) Grease the microwave safe pan with butter and dust it with flour. Keep aside.
2) Take a mixing bowl, mix all the wet ingredients one by one. 
3) Then, slowly add the dry ingredients and make a batter.
4) Finally add the grated carrot and walnuts. Mix again. Transfer this batter to the prepared microwave safe pan. You can either use paper cups to prepare muffins.
5) Microwave it in HIGH mode for 3 minutes. Allow it to stand for 5 minutes. 
6) Cut into slices and enjoy.


1) If you notice the cake hasn't cooked well, you can cook it again for few more minutes. This step might vary depending on the type of the microwave used.
2) It is important to allow the cake to cool for at least 5 minutes as the heat retained within the cake will gradually continue to cook the cake.
3) You can substitute walnuts with hazelnuts and flavour the cake with spices such as cinnamon, ginger or any other spices you like. 

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