How to bake a cake in a microwave convection oven

Updated July 20, 2017

Cakes are sweet, flavourful and satisfying desserts. However, quickly fulfilling a craving for a piece of cake can be difficult if you don't have a microwave convection oven. Baking a cake in a standard oven requires at least 20 minutes. Using a microwave convention oven decreases the cooking time by 50 per cent.

Mix cake mix with other required ingredients. Spray ramekins with cooking spray. Fill each ramekin half full to allow the cake to in double size when baking.

Place 4 ramekins in microwave convection oven to form a square. Space each ramekin 5 inches apart to allow equal cooking times.

Microwave for 5 minutes. Shake each ramekin to release air bubbles, and microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the centre of each cake. If the toothpick has cake batter on it, add an additional 3 minutes of cooking time, then retest again. If the toothpicks come out clean, leave the ramekins to cool for 2 to 4 minutes in the microwave to prevent burns because the ramekins will be very hot.


If your cake recipe needs oil, substituting applesauce decreases fat and calories. Using ramekins instead of a regular baking dish allows quick cooking time and individual serving sizes.


Allow each ramekin to cool after cooking to prevent burns and other injury. To prevent fires, don't line ramekins with parchment paper, waxed paper or cupcake holders.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave convection oven
  • Cake mix
  • 4 microwaveable ramekins
  • Cooking spray
  • Toothpick
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About the Author

Emily Hall started writing in 2009 for the "East Carolinian Times" and "Nutrition Plus" magazine. Her expertise is in nutrition, wellness, health and healthy eating and cooking. Her inspiration for writing came from developing nutrition podcasts in her undergraduate program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics from East Carolina University.