Fastest ever lemon pudding

Being short of time needn't stop you making your own pudding. This microwave-friendly sponge is ready in 10 minutes and can easily be a chocolate pud too

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:4 mins
    Plus 1 minute resting
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 457
  • fat 25g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 55g
  • sugars 34g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.75g


  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve


Cheat's chocolate sponge
Beat 25g cocoa powder into the sponge mix instead of the lemon zest. If you have any chocolate in the cupboard, chop 25g chocolate roughly and stir through. Microwave as before. Meanwhile, put 4 tbsp readymade chocolate sauce into a bowl. Heat through, then pour over the pudding. Serve with ice cream or double cream.


  1. Mix the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together until creamy, then spoon into a medium microwave-proof baking dish. Microwave on High for 3 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until risen and set all the way through. Leave to stand for 1 min.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the lemon curd for 30 secs in the microwave and stir until smooth. Pour all over the top of the pudding and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or scoops of ice cream.

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