December 2, 2023

Quick, cheap sponge pudding

It has been cold this last week and I have been ill.  As I started eating again I fancied a sponge pudding.  I am living out of my cupboards and so am protective of ingredients at the moment, and did not want to put the oven on. I also did not feel up to baking. I decided to make a quick microwave sponge.  I will often make a few of these for the freezer with the dregs of the bowl when I am baking.  They are great to take out and warm up on top of some compote, or to put a bit of syrup or jam on top for an old fashioned winter pudding. On this occasion I swopped out a little bit of the flour for a heaped tsp of cocoa. This made 4 portions.


2oz sugar

2oz butter of margarine

1 egg

2oz Self Raising flour


  1.  Whisk the sugar and the butter together until it goes pale.  I used a hand whisk but this small amount is easy to do the old fashioned way of beating it.
  2.  Add the egg slowly whilst whisking
  3. Fold in the flour with a spoon
  4. Divide the mixture between 4 small containers (I used to use tea cups but now use some old Christmas pudding moulds that are pre greased).
  5. Put two containers in the microwave at a time and cook for 60 seconds.
  6. Repeat with the other two containers

These literally took less than 6 minutes to make, and I now have 2 spare in the freezer.  It fulfilled my craving, and filled my stomach on a day when I needed some comfort food.  People tell me that they do not have time to cook from scratch, but these sponges have no ultra processed ingredients in them, are frugal, and it would have taken me much longer to get in the car and go and buy something from the shop at the top of  my road.  Another advantage in these days of rising fuel costs, is that they cost very little to cook.  What do you like to have with your sponge?  We had this one with bramble compote and custard.

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  1. Carrie Scott December 2, 2023 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Delicious! Need to stock up with compote!
    Definitely better than running to the shop.

    • ToniG December 3, 2023 at 9:48 am - Reply

      We make a pan of compote every week from frozen berries from the garden, or black berries from foraging. We eat it with porridge, with yoghurt, with rice pudding or just on it’s own with custard too. It is a way of getting some nutrition into us

  2. Karan Fowler December 2, 2023 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Wow, so easy, thank you. And it will save me from making a large one and eating it all 🤩

    • ToniG December 3, 2023 at 9:46 am - Reply

      That is why I like them too as my portion control is usually very bad!

  3. Sonia December 2, 2023 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I like to mix a little chopped apple, golden syrup and ground ginger in the bottom of the container before adding plain sponge mix – then serve with lots of custard!

    • ToniG December 3, 2023 at 9:45 am - Reply

      That sounds lovely. Yes they are so versatile. I mixed some mincemeat in one year when I could not afford a Christmas pudding

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