Quick treacle sponge

It is a funny old time for everyone, maybe you have lots of extra family members at home, with schools and universities closed, therefore lots of mouths to feed or maybe you are on your own. Whatever the circumstances a little bit of comfort food is always welcome! While it’s difficult to be sourcing fancy ingredients and even some of the more basic ones seem in short supply we need to be creative with the ones we have. This recipe just uses a few store cupboard ingredients that hopefully you’ll have in. It is also really quick and easy to do, using the microwave to cook rather than a more traditional method. Before this recipe our microwave was only used for defrosting and heating the odd cup of cold coffee! 

Quick Treacle Sponge

30g Butter
30g Golden Syrup
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
45g light brown sugar (or whatever sugar you have to hand)
60g Self Raising flour
Pinch salt

To Serve 

Vanilla ice cream, cream or custard – whatever you have in! 


  1. Find a suitable microwavable bowl, think Christmas pudding size, I used one from years ago that a Fortnum and Mason Christmas pudding came in! I think it was my Grannies! 
  2. Melt the butter in your bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave, add the syrup, egg, vanilla extract and whisk.
  3. Then add the sugar, flour and salt and give it another good whisk until smooth. 
  4. Place the bowl in the microwave for 1.45s-2 minutes depending on your microwaves wattage. It should come out spongy to the touch. 
  5. Add a teaspoon or two of golden syrup to the top and serve with custard, ice cream or cream!

    Serves 4/5 small portions – for us 4 Children & 1 Adult. It’s quite rich and filling so not much needed! 

Traditionally if I was making a Treacle sponge I would make proper custard or crème anglaise while the sponge was steaming, however, this quick and easy version requires a quick and easy custard! If you have some custard powder this is a good speedy alternative or if that seems too arduous in these trying times opening a tin of custard will do perfectly!

Kirsty Wilson Close

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Food Styling, Food Writing, Food Lover



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