What Temperature Should be Set for Baking Cakes in a Microwave Oven?

Cake, the word itself sounds delicious and it begins craving immediately when we hear it. A perfect cake makes every event very special. Isn’t it? But how we know “What Temperature Should be Set for Baking Cakes in a Microwave Oven?.”

And, to make a cake, a microwave oven is an important thing to consider along with its ingredients, right!

Cake batter with the right temperature of the microwave oven will result in a perfectly baked cake. I know that you are here to know about the temperature to set for the cake you want to bake, aren’t you?

There no delay here, let’s get into the topic

So, What Temperature should be set for baking Cakes in a Microwave oven? Is the question.

Well, there is no temperature setting in the microwave oven to set, it has only power level settings like 1,2,3…10. To bake a cake in a microwave oven, we need to set the power level to 100% of total power efficiency. If you have a microwave oven with the convection mode on, then 180 degrees Celcius is the temperature to set for baking a cake.

In simple, to bake a cake in the microwave without a convection mode, we need to set the power level to 100% i.e power level 10.

If you want to know about convection mode in a microwave oven? How does it work? How to bake a cake in convection and normal microwave oven?…etc, then let’s get started by scrolling down to the below-researched article.

What Temperature Should be Set for Baking Cakes in a Microwave Oven?

How to Bake Cake in a Normal Microwave oven?

Before baking a cake in a Normal Microwave oven, we need to know about the process behind heat in the microwave oven.
As said earlier, the normal microwave oven doesn’t have a temperature option to set. It only has the power levels to set.

Generally choosing a microwave is based on its wattage, nothing but power. So, Power levels represent the amount of wattage that has to take by the microwave oven.

The power levels of a microwave oven are about 10% to 100%. The power levels in a microwave oven will vary from one oven to another.

The ways of representing power levels are

  • Percentage levels like 10%,20%,30%….100%
  • Numbering levels like 1,2,3,….10 or 10,20,30….100
  • Natural levels like very low,  low, medium, high medium, high.

Now lets us know how to bake a cake by setting the power level

Firstly, prepare the batter and transfer it to a microwave oven safe container.

Place the container in the microwave oven, set the power level to 100 % of total power, and click start.

It takes approximately 8-9 minutes to complete. After the end signal bell,  check whether the cake is baked completely or not by inserting a toothpick.

It comes out with any batter traces we can conclude that it is perfectly cooked. Or if there are many traces of batters then put it back in the oven and bake it again for 1 min.

Now you are done baking cake in a microwave oven without convection.

Here is a small video that tells you about baking in a microwave oven

If you have a convection microwave, you can be baking cakes at their perfectness. Look further for how to bake in a convection microwave oven

How to Bake Cake in Convection Microwave oven?

There are some microwave ovens with the convection mode to cook/bake food. This type of oven has the capability to perform what the microwave oven and convection oven do at the same time.

In this microwave along with the power level, we can also set the temperature here in the convection microwave oven.

Let get into the topic of baking first.

Here we need to preheat the oven for 7 to 8 minutes while using the convection mode.

To preheat the oven, press the convection mode on the microwave oven display by setting the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and then the time for 7-8 min. Now, click on the start button.

While preheating the oven, prepare the cake batter or you can prepare the cake batter before preheating the oven.

Note: It is mandatory to preheat the oven while using the convection mode.

After the preheating process, press the stop button and open the door.

Place the microwave oven safe container filled with cake batter in the oven. Set the timer to 30 minutes and then again click on the start button.

After the end of baking cakes, check for any batter traces by inserting a toothpick. If you found any traces bake it for about another 10 min if not you can end the process of baking

Keep the cake in the oven for about 2 minutes after the baking process has stopped.

Now you are done with baking cakes soft, moist in the convection microwave oven.

Note: To get a perfect cake, ingredients measurements are needed to consider very strictly.

In the end, the baking in microwave and convection differ in the texture of the cake, where the convection mode made the cake brown and crisp but the microwave doesn’t.


Finally, it depends on what type of microwave you are using like solo microwave, convection microwave…etc. But to bake a cake, a convection microwave is the best among the other microwaves. Unfortunately, if you don’t have this oven, you can follow the process mentioned above to bake in a normal microwave oven.

So, bake the cake with a perfect texture and taste. Add some frosting and whipped cream to serve it more delicious. Happy baking!!!

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I adjust the temperature on my microwave? While the microwave has the power level to change, it has temperature change in the convection mode only. So, by pressing the convection mode you can adjust the temperature of the convection microwave oven.

What power level should a microwave be on? It depends on the food you keep in the microwave oven. By default, it set the power level to 10 or high or the maximum number of watts it has. Suppose if you have 800 wattage microwave oven then the microwave displays a maximum power level of 80 or 8 or high.

What power level on a microwave is “defrost”? Generally, every microwave has the inbuilt defrost option on the display panel where the microwave oven power level will set automatically to 30 % to total power efficiency. If you have a 100 % power level then 30 % is enough to defrost the frozen food.

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