Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cheater Microwave Raspberry Cake Recipe

Easy Dessert Recipes Perfect for Dorm or College Food, or Any Time

This easy cake recipe using fruit preserves is quick and simple, but can be modified to fit any taste for sweets.

This super easy cake recipe is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth without lots of preparation and mess, or a lot of technical know-how, as with most baking recipes. This makes it ideal as a beginner college recipe for a young adult just off on their own and living in the dorms, or any time you have limited space or equipment for baking. No oven or specialized equipment is necessary, just a couple of bowls, a glass or ceramic dish, and a microwave. It is also very quick to make, so can be easily used to just throw together if you decide at the last minute that a meal just has to have a dessert, or whenever you don't have the time to deal with the mess that most baking results in.

Try experimenting with different preserves, in addition to the recommended raspberry. Apricot, blackberry, plum, strawberry or even apple would probably be wonderful. Just be sure to use the seedless preserves, not jams with the seeds, nor jellies, as these are likely to give the finished cake undesirable tastes or textures. Above all, have fun with it! Try combining different flavors in the cake and the frosting, like apricot in the cake and plum in the frosting. Or try a triple-berry cake, with raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. With a recipe this easy to put together, it isn't hard to get creative.

photo by Megan Chromik

Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Greased microwave-safe 8" dish (such as Pyrex)*


  1. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl, and using a mixer on high speed, mix until creamed.
  2. Add preserves, and blend thoroughly.
  3. Add sour cream and eggs, then again beat well.
  4. In a second bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and mix together well.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to the first mixture, and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into greased dish.
  7. Microwave on high power for 4-5 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch. If initial cook time is not sufficient, continue to cook in 30-second increments until fully cooked.
  8. Set aside to cool while making the frosting.


Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 c. confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. seedless raspberry preserves


  1. Combine butter, vanilla extract, preserves, and 1 c. of the confectioner's sugar to start.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Slowly add in remaining sugar and stir until smooth.
  4. Make sure the cake is cooled, then spread the frosting onto the cake and enjoy!

For another great 'cheater' recipe, be sure to check out Super Quick and Easy Cheater Peach Cobbler.

*Never, ever use metal in a microwave!  It will catch fire and/or explode.

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