Quick and Easy Microwave Steamed Sponge Pudding

I've always loved a good steamed pudding. This one can be prepared in just 10 minutes!

Learn how to make a delicious steamed sponge pudding in the microwave!

Learn how to make a delicious steamed sponge pudding in the microwave!

Microwave Steamed Pudding In Under 10 Minutes

I've always loved a good steamed pudding. The simplest of these is steamed jam pudding, but the problem is that they can take hours to steam. Sometimes, however, you fancy a quick method to make this treat—so here's an easy microwaveable recipe for you to try today.


  • 28 grams/1oz margarine
  • 28 grams/1oz sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 56 grams/2oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons syrup (or jam or lemon curd)


  1. Place the jam in the bottom of a small microwave dish or basin. I always use a 1-pint Pyrex jug.
  2. In a bowl, beat all the other ingredients together until they are smooth.
  3. Spoon the pudding mix over the jam.
  4. Cover the dish with a microwaveable lid or cling film (pierce it).
  5. Place in your microwave and cook on medium power for 2½ - 3 minutes.
  6. Leave to stand for 3 minutes before turning out into a bowl.

Serving Suggestion

Serve immediately with custard or your favourite topping!

One idea is to microwave a couple of tablespoons of your topping syrup, mixed with a tablespoon of boiling water, to pour over the pudding to serve.

This quick and easy, almost instant microwave steamed sponge syrup pudding is scrummy!

Filling Ideas

Although this pudding focused mainly on using jam, you can really use any of your favourite teatime treats. Here are a few ideas:

  • Place golden syrup in the bottom of the dish
  • Use any flavour jam you like, placed in the bottom of the dish.
  • Place lemon curd placed in the bottom of the dish.
  • Layer lemon curd and sultana ingredients through your pudding.
  • Simply add cocoa to the basic mix; a tablespoon should be enough. You could also drop in some small pieces of chocolate to melt.
  • Add rhubarb and jam to the bottom to make a rhubarb and jam sponge pudding.

I hope you enjoy this steam pudding microwave recipe, a perfect winter warmer.

Cleaning Tip

When you've finished, just squirt a tiny amount of washing-up liquid into the Pyrex jug and fill it with boiling water. By the time you've eaten your pudding, your jug will be ready for a 2-second wipe around and rinse, and then it will be perfectly clean again!

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Mrs Karen Griffiths on March 30, 2020:

I only have a 700 watt microwave. Inbyiur opinion how long should I cook for please?

June on March 09, 2019:

I have some orange pulp from juicing oranges am going to try this instead of jam.

Sharron on May 26, 2018:

Thanks for sharing.

Great recipe.

katie tweed on February 28, 2014:

yum! thankyou it was delicious also quick and easy to make. I did it with golden syrup with white chocolate drops and fresh raspberrys in I would definetly insist you try what I did! my mum said it was the best steamed udding shes ever had, she said it must have tooken me hours. I just laughed and kept quiet! xxx thankyou!!!! xxx

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on April 24, 2013:

Oh Pam - marmalade sounds great! Making a marmalade microwave steamed sponge pudding would give it that little extra 'edge' of tanginess!

I hope you don't forget that lashing of custard is practically compulsory :)

All the best and I'm glad you enjoyed this easy steamed sponge pudding recipe.

Pam on April 23, 2013:

This was so easy . Only had marmalade in the house but it was good . Very light and good texture . Will try some variations .

mel on November 24, 2011:

u guys saved my life my boyfriend doesn't like cake or puddings this recipe means that i can make a quick and easy little cake/pudding and just for meee!!!! and im not waisting food, great money saver too!!! :) thanks soo much everyone!!!

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on July 04, 2011:

I'm sorry to hear that Dav. Every microwave is slightly different - and even the size/shape of your dish and the internal size of your microwave can make a difference to any microwave recipe.

If it was dry, it was cooked too long and/or at too high a temperature.

I'd give this microwave steamed sponge pudding another try, with a lower setting/temperature.

Maybe you beat those eggs a little too much!

I do hope your next attempt is spot on!

Dav on July 03, 2011:

I tried this and it came out very dry. it tasted like a biscotti. i followed the recipe exactly & double checked the measurements and also microwaved for only 2 min 30 secs. i even beat the egg white first as suggested to incorporate more air :(

baxter on December 20, 2010:

I made a two minute pudding without any flaour (except for its natural flavour) then drizzled lemon juice over it. Let it atand then for about a minute. Topped with custard. Delicious!

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on November 13, 2010:

Oh dear Sharon

Sorry to hear it didn't go to plan :)

Re your first attempt, if it comes out chewy then you need to adjust something. Maybe it needs microwaving a bit less.

Some things that will affect the quality of a microwave steamed sponge pudding, apart from the ingredients themselves are:

- The size/shape of the container

- The power of the microwave

- The length of time you microwave it for

It's worth persevering, just to be able to whip up easy steamed sponge puddings on demand when you've come in late, or just fancy a bit of easy indulgence.

Good luck for next time!

Sharon317 on November 13, 2010:

Hi again don't try this with plain flour it was a disaster.

Sharon317 on November 12, 2010:

Came out really chewy,all the other recipes i've checked say plain flour. I will try it again with plain and see.

DgB on November 03, 2010:

If you find it to be dense simply separate the egg, whisk the egg white and fold it in once you've beaten in all the other ingredients.

Bianca on August 16, 2010:

Great! Not stodgy and thick like most other microwave cake recipes I've tried! Usually they stink of eggs and come out all stiff, but this turned out lovely with jam! Can't wait to try the lemon curd next.

chelsey clarke on August 15, 2010:

thank you very much, i am looking forward to making my mircrowave pudding!! i think i am going to make a lemon one. as i have always loved lemon, :) this website has help me find what i have been wanting for ages. so great thanks to the uploader!! im now of tog go make my microwave lemon cake/pudding... wish me best of luck!! x

angela on June 27, 2010:

This is an awesome microwave sponge pudding recipe. I've made two now!!!

I didn't know how to make a microwave sponge pudding before, I didn't know you could!


Richard N on January 18, 2010:

Yes you could just double - although exact time depends on the ingredients - my microwave is an 850 and I find a pudding consisting of 4 oz flour, 2 oz suet and 2 of sugar (plus eggs and jam or whatever) takes 6 minutes.

mary harding on January 17, 2010:

Can i double the ingredients,and would I need to microwave double the time stated for smaller pudding.

Ed on December 02, 2009:

I was very skeptical. Microwave a pudding? I've tried it--twice. I can't believe how good it came out. And so easy and so fast. Same with Bird's custard. I only make it in the microwave now--it actually comes out better.

Chris on November 26, 2009:

I tried it with blueberries in the pudding mix, and a good dollop of maple syrup at the bottom of the cooking basin.

It's not bad - I used a recipe from the 'real' world. I think it might be best to cook the blueberries gently before adding them to the cooking mix.

akhilkarun on October 25, 2009:

yummmy!!!! delicious.

Jordan1990 from Kenilworth on October 16, 2009:

I look forward to trying this out when I get a microwave! Think I will try the lemon curd option!

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on October 04, 2009:

Mmm Pear and Chocolate Sponge Pudding, you're just showing off now :)

I noticed microwave puddings in the local shop last night and deliberately checked the price/size. They are about 1/4 of the size and cost 80p each! This pudding (posh toppings excepted!) costs about 20p to put together,

Bargain! And you know what's in it.

Paul on October 04, 2009:

I was thinking of pear and chocolate sauce - but I'm not going to do it yet . . . worried just how habitforming this could become ;)

On the healthy eating note, I forgot to say that in the mix for my rhubarb sponge I replaced the margerine with half sunflour oil and half apple sauce - was still fine :)

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on October 03, 2009:

Sounds fantastic Paul ... you're well trained :)

It's only been two days and you've already invented Banana & Caramel Sponge Pudding ... and now Roasted Rhubarb Sponge Pudding.

I'm wondering what's next now!

Paul on October 03, 2009:

(it was Bonne Maman Caramel Jam, by the way - kind of like dolce de leche)

I just made another sponge tonight . . . thawed some roasted rhubarb I had hiding in the freezer. It was just to finish off the carton of custard, honest ;)

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on October 03, 2009:

Paul, that sounds truly scrummy! I want to try that now, but I don't have caramel sauce at the moment!

I might have to go shopping.

Mmmmm Banana and Caramel Steamed Sponge Pudding FTW!!

Great idea.

paul on October 02, 2009:

OMG! I just made this with a sliced banana and two spoonfuls of caramel sauce. The three minutes waiting time was unbearable. I just about inhaled the pudding with some cold custard. Fab.

Dedicated Content Curator (author) from United Kingdom on October 02, 2009:

If it came out dense, then it means something needs slight adjustment. It could either be that there was a little too much flour, or it was cooked a little too long (microwave ovens vary in their wattage). What I like to do is to beat quite a lot of air into the mix before I put it in the microwave.

Give it another go, even if it comes out dense it's still cheaper and more instantly available than buying one from a supermarket - and you made it yourself, so you know what's in it.

When I cook something new with a microwave, I find I adjust it over the first 2-3 goes, just to suit my own tastes.

I love the way I can get an instant microwave suet pudding from this, just 3-4 minutes after fancying one.

rose on October 01, 2009:

it came out really dense?

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