You may recall my mentioning that my oven packed up the week before last, and I have so missed making my cake. I usually make two or three a week when Mr A is here, and I would definitely make one when I'm on my own.
I was bored about an hour ago and decided to see whether I could cook my cake in the microwave oven. Apart from the standard ingredients my flavours today consisted of some of the lemon marmalade I recently made with the lemons from our trees, and some sweet orange marmalade which I made yesterday with a kilo of oranges from the village market ("market" sounds a bit grand...it's actually just one fruit and vegetable stall).
I greased a pyrex-type dish and poured in the mix and popped it into the microwave on "high". I cooked it for a total of 10 minutes, but kept opening the door and checking it, because I really wasn't sure how long it would take
On reflection, I think about 8 minutes would be enough, because the cake continues to cook when it's removed from the microwave. I think it might also have been better in a wider, flatter dish, in which case I think it would take less time to cook. It was also very easy to remove the cake onto a plate...it didn't stick or fall apart.
The texture is different...it's lighter. And it's paler in colour....but the taste is good.
This cake has proved to be adaptable in so many ways hasn't it?