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Dec 23, 2013

Microwave Plum Cake / Microwave Fruit Cake / 5 Mins Plum Cake / 5 Mins Fruit Cake / How to Make Fruit Cake in Microwave

Baking is a stress reliever, i love baking when i am feeling little low on head. There is something in it. Many of you must have not tried it because you dont own a oven. For those people i have my microwave baking recipes and for those who dont have a microwave i have a pressure cooker cake recipe for you..This is my final cake recipe for this christmas..I have already posted my ultimate plum cake, microwave chocolate cake, eggless fruit cake and pressure cooker vanilla milk cake..

I have few more cookies recipe to post too..Tomorrow i will post a cookie recipe, so look out..Now coming back to this recipe..I always wanted to post a microwave plum cake recipe, because before i have a oven, i used to make plum cake in microwave. But i have never written that recipe, so i totally forgot it. Couple weeks back i tried it with my own recipe. I added some dates syrup too. You got to add some sticky stuff like molasses, honey, golden syrup, corn syrup or dates syrup. It is because you need some sticky stuff to hold the cake. And also i put the cake in fridge for a hour, so the cake holds better. Try this out and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Baking Time : 5 mins
Resting Time : 1 hour or overnight in fridge
Makes : 2 small round cake


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 1/4 cup / 150 grams
Cocoa - 3 tblspn
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup / 100 grams
Oil - 1/4 cup / 60 ml
Dates syrup / Honey / Molasses - 4 tblspn

Dried Fruits - 1/2 cup (Raisans, Dates, Tutti Fruity, Cherry, Sultanas)
Nuts - 3 tblspn (I used Walnuts & Almonds)
Water - 1/2 cup / 125 ml


Take water in a microwave safe bowl and cook for a min till the water is hot.

Add in dried fruits and nuts and let it steep for 5 mins.

In the mean time, take flour, cocoa, baking soda in a bowl and mix well.

Now take the dried fruits soaked mix, add in sugar, oil, dates syrup and mix well.

Add the flour mix into this and mix well.

Take a microwave safe bowl, brush all side with oil. Pour the batter in, dont fill too much, just fill half way.

Put in microwave and cook for 5 mins. When it is done. Leave a standing time of 5 mins.

Remove it from oven, if it is risen to much, just pat it down a little.

Allow it to cool completely.Now put in fridge for 1 hour or so.

Now invert it, slice and serve.


1)Dont fill the microwave safe bow too much. Because the cake rises a lot. Just fill half way of the bowl.
2)After you take the cake out of the microwave, pat the cake down a little.
3)Allow the cake to cool completely, now put the cake in fridge a hour and invert the cake.
4)I left the cake in the fridge overnight. The cake got hard the next day, I took it out and left it to come to room temparature, The cake turned soft as usual.


Take all your ingredients

Take water in a microwave safe bowl

Put it in microwave

Cook for a min

Now the water is hot

Add the nuts and dry fruits in it

Let it steep for 5 mins

Take flour in a bowl

Add cocoa powder

Baking soda goes next

Mix that around

Now the fruits have steeped

Add sugar in

Add in oil

Add in Molasses or Honey or Dates Syrup

Pour it in

I used the bowl which i used for oil,
so the sticky stuff just slides out easily

mix that well

Add the flour mix in

Mix that well

Drizzle oil in a microsafe bowl

Spread it on all sides

Pour the batter in, dont fill too much

I got two bowls

Put in microwave

Cook for 5 mins
All baked

if it rises too much, just press a little

Put in fridge for a hour
Now invert it and serve..

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  1. i wanna try this , my husband loves plum cake
    thanks for the recipe aarthi


  2. Big fan of your site and your recipes..just a small doubt.did u use the 'micro' option or the "grill" or "combi". pl. clarify

  3. fast to cook and lovely to look at cake.

  4. Looks yummy and perfect for Christmas.

  5. Aarthi,u r really very inspiring cook

  6. looks lovely... i have two queries.. would honey taste equally good?? and what type of glassware can be used in micro??

  7. @Anonymous Yes u can use honey, U can use any microwave safe bowl like borosil

  8. Is baking sodea and baking powder or different..? Shops near my place saying there is no baking soda.. Is it or cooking soda..?

  9. @jayalakshmi sundarajYes both are diferent. Baking soda is also called as cooking soda.

  10. Hi...I tried this cake but without the dry fruits( as i dint have it
    ).. when i read the recipe i was a lil skeptical about baking in just 5 minutes, as cakes usually take 30 to 40 min to get ready. But i followed the recipe n was amazed how beautifully it came out. I just made a small change i used milk instead of water. I have a little query my cake was a lillte hard in the edges, any particular reason ? n it even turned a lil more harder when i refrigerated..so i sprinkled some water n again microwaved it was 30 sec. it became moist again

  11. @DIVYAI think u must have baked a little longer. Try reducing the time next time, since each microwave vary. The cake will turn hard when u put in fridge. If you remove it from fridge and allow it to come to room temp then it will become soft again. CHECK MY NOTES..

  12. Super one.thks for ths recipe

  13. @Anonymous
    has anyone tried this.?.its best to make in oven!! Not impressed after trying it twice

  14. Hi,
    This is so yummy....I baked it, and it tasted yummy for my tummy :) :)
    But I have a question...What is the shelf life for this?

    Thank you for your recipe..

  15. Hi,
    This is so yummy....I baked it, and it tasted yummy for my tummy :) :)
    But I have a question...What is the shelf life for this?

    Thank you for your recipe..

  16. @Deepika PU can keep this for three to four days in fridge, then reheat ir in microwave for 30 sec to make it soft again

  17. just saw ur cake recipe easy 2 follow and easy 2 make thanks 4 this one more favour i want cookie recipes in microwave not sweaty but salty

  18. hello aarathi!thanx for the receipe.can you tell me what should be the temp of microwave low, medium or high?

  19. I am a big fan of your recipes. This one also looks quite yummy. I wanna know if I can bake it in an oven instead of microwaving. And what should be the temperature range for that?

  20. @Nilakshi KakotiI am not sure..because this recipe is specially designed for microwave..If you wanna bake in oven, i would suggest you to bake at 180 degrees

  21. Out of cocoa powder..what can I use instead ? Nutella? Or something else?

  22. Aarathi, plz post authentic Kerala x-mas cake recipe before this x-mas.

  23. This looks like an amazing recipe. I found a similar recipe of Plum Cake but cooked with rum. You can have a look at the recipe on the Prestige SmartChef website.

  24. Hi. Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda? Thanks.

  25. Can I use the same quantity of Rum instead of water or half of it?

  26. Hi. Can I use Rum instead of water? Thanks.

  27. Ok. But what abt exact quantity of rum and water? Thanks.

  28. @SimbyYou can use same water amount but reduce a tblspn of water, just add a tblspn of rum

  29. Hello, can I use butter instead of oil? Any definite reason for not using baking powder? Thanks.

  30. @AnonymousYes u can use butter and you dont need baking powder in this

  31. Hi,

    The recipe was simple. Thanks.

    The one I prepared accordingly came flat. What might be the reason???


  32. I tried your recipw yesterday. Its really awesome. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    -Nisha Chandwani

  33. I tried your recipe yesterday. Its really awesome.Thank you for sharing it.

  34. Sooooo simple, yet a show stealer :) :) thanks aarthi for the awesome recipe :)

  35. Can v do without honey or syrup?

  36. @AnonymousU have to add it, it hold the cake together.

  37. Hi Aarthi , how r u ? I tried your plum
    Cake recipe, today. I made a few changes in the recipe becoz of my two yrs old daughter , she do not eat whole nuts & dry fruits . So, i grinned the same n cake batter also i have used cake beater for mixing everything well . Then , microwaved (L.G ) it at high temp(900) for 5 minutes. It is soft and really good in taste. But, it is not at all spongy. Pls suggest . Thanks in advance .

  38. @Anonymousthis cak ewont be spongy, it will be little dense.

  39. Is it necessary to put it in he fridge.....

  40. @Anonymousif u can unmould properly then dont need, putting in the fridge makes it set beautifully

  41. Aarthi I must say that your explanation as well as illustrations with pictures makes the entire process of baking the cake so simple, that Im sure a person who has never ever baked before will also be able to bake this yummy cake in a jiffy! Thanks a ton for the recipe! Will make it soon.

  42. Can I use milk instead of water???

  43. I forgot to put honey and without it it was a DISASTER.
    But your recipe seems to be good , I will try to follow it more accurately next time :)

  44. Hi aarthi,ur blog is too good,I m searching a lot for this exactly receipe.but I have a doubt,I heard that cakes can made only by baking,but if micro mode means can I use micro option in oven.if it so how much temperature to set?I m the beginner in cooking.

  45. @rekha maniTHis recipe can be made in microwave cooking mode. Set at the highest setting and cook it.

  46. y do v need to put it in the fridge ... any particular reason

  47. @Anonymousit firms up in fridge and hold much well

  48. Hi aarthi, i tried this cake today morng. It ws superbbbb!!!! Its my husbands fav cake n he loved it. Thankx aarthi...also i used butter instead of oil. My cake ws soft too.. i didnt refrigerate it. Allowed to cool @ room temp.

  49. @Anonymousthis recipe is a small cake. halving it will make a mug cake.

  50. Hi Aarti
    Thanks for the recipe as it is very easy for us to prepare the cake very fast

  51. I am going to try it in this christmas

  52. is it must to set a temperature?or only microwave for 5 mnts?

  53. @Anonymousjust set microwave on high for 5 mins

  54. Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

  55. Hello Aarthi. I am a follower of ur recipes for more than a year and it has been wonderful to cook with ur help. I am wondering if we can make one big cake instead of two small cakes with this cake mix. So one big bowl is necessary. Should d same 5 min time be followed for making d whole cake in one go?? Or should we increase d timing to 10 minutes? Pls let me know

  56. Hello Aarti this is one amazing recipe by you. i made it multiple times and the reaction of eaters remains the same i.e "WOW did u really bake it" :)
    I need your suggestion as to can this be made without cocoa powder? if yes what can i replace instead.


  57. @Anonymousu can skip cocoa powder and add same amount of flour in this

  58. @Deepa Viveku can make it as one big cake, but the timing will vary, so you have keep checking it

  59. Hi Aarthi!
    I tried many of your recipes and they turned so well. I tried this microwave plum cake, but It turned very hard after putting it in the fridge. Any reasons for the hardness? Pls let me know.


  60. @Anonymousremove it from fridge and leave it for few hours, it will get soft

  61. I accidentally viewed your blog and I was so amazed with your work that it touched the deepness of my heart and it made me sentimental. Thanks for posting. Visit my site too.



  62. hi
    if removing cocoa and replacing with flour do we need to add vanilla essence????

    1. u can skip vanilla if you dont want to add


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