One of the popular bloggers and girl with a multi level skill set, Divya Kudua blogs at Easy Cooking. The highlights of her blog for me are her Konkani dishes and her delicious baked goods – which she churns out using her microwave oven. Head on over to her blog to see her amazing looking cakes, breads, muffins and the likes. Today she has graciously accepeted my invitation to share her expertise to all your Baking in Microwave Oven queries. Hope you all benefit as much as I did. — DK

Hello all-I am Divya and I blog at Easycooking.

When DK asked me to do a guest post here about Microwave Baking,I was floored.Her’s is a blog I look up to.Seriously,her step by step pictures make any difficult recipe seem easy,don’t you agree??

I am not an expert though.I have been baking in Microwave for sometime now and I will try to answer your queries in whatever way I can!!I have an IFB Microwave Oven with Convection and Grill and all baking I do is done in that.

The first and foremost question that everyone seems to have is

Can I bake in my Microwave?

Well,yes and no.Depends on the kind of microwave you have.If it is a Solo microwave with no other features,you cannot bake in that.But you sure can try microwave baking like Microwaving Cakes and Brownies using appropriate microwave safe baking pans.

If you have a Convection oven,you can bake in it the same way as you would in an electric oven.The Convection feature in the Microwave enables the features of a regular oven when you choose the option.In simple terms,when you set the temperature of the oven in Convection mode,the Microwave literally transforms itself into a regular baking oven.

Can I make Kebabs and grills in my Microwave?

If the Microwave comes with a Grill feature,yes you sure can.The same process applies here as Convection.Set the temperature and time for grill and it will work exactly like a regular oven/tandoor.You can make Chicken/Paneer Tikka and other Kebabs and grills in this mode.However,in many Microwave ovens[like mine]there is no option of preheating for Grill.It doesn’t make any difference to the final product though.

What kind of Baking utensil should I use for baking?

In the regular Microwave mode,use microwave safe bowls,plates and spoons.But when you activate convection or grill mode,you have to use metal/aluminium/non-stick pans the same as you would use in a regular oven.However,some ovens have combination cooking modes like Microwave-Grill or Microwave-Convection,here you have to use Pyrex/Borosil utensils as they are safe for Microwave as well as Convection/grill mode.

Preheating in a Microwave.

Some recipes ask for preheating of the oven for few minutes.But in Microwave,it works differently[as far as I know].

In electric oven,after the set time,the oven beeps and you could continue with the recipe.But in microwave convection ovens,you do not have to set any time,just set the temperature you would want to bake the stuff and press start-For example,if the recipe requires 180C heat,set that temperature and press start.The microwave would start preheating and beep when it is of the required temperature and it usually takes only 3-4 minutes.So even if your recipe requires the oven to be preheated for 10 minutes,you could continue using this method as it works out well.

I have also had people ask me whether the microwave can be preheated empty.When you are using the Convection mode,the microwave ceases to be one and becomes like an electric oven.So there is absolutely no problem if you run it empty.In solo microwave mode,it should not be used if it is empty.

Can I use the Microwave immediately after I have baked something in the Convection mode?

No,you shouldn’t.The reason being,the oven would be quite hot after baking and if you use the microwave mode with micro proof utensils,there is a risk of the food as well as the utensils getting burnt[I am speaking from experience here;)]

However,if you are baking a Cake/Cookie in two tins,you can immediately place the second cake/cookie tin inside to bake in the hot oven.No need to preheat.

Can I use the utensils which came with my starter kit to bake?

Starter kit usually consists of Micro-proof bowls,plates and baking tins.It should be used only for Microwaving,using it in convection mode would burn it.

How to set the temperature for baking in Convection mode?

In most Microwave[Convection] ovens,there is a button which says Convection and when you press that,it displays temperatures starting from 110C to 200C as and when you press it.If you want to bake in 180C,stop pressing when it reaches 180C and press start-It will start preheating and will beep when it finishes preheating-usually after 3-4 minutes.At this stage,you can open the MW and put the stuff inside for baking and again start from setting the temperature.Enter the time you want it to be baked for and Voila..it would start functioning..rather baking!!

Can I use Aluminuim Foil,Paper muffin cups in my Microwave?

Aluminium foil should[ideally] not be used in Microwave and Convection mode as there is a risk of burning.However,in grill mode,you could use a minimal amount,ie place it below the grill plate/tray to collect drippings etc,but not more than that and not anywhere near the heating coil.I have seen some cake recipes calling for covering with foil after a few minutes and to think of it,I have followed that method too.But do it at your own risk..:)

Paper muffin cups can be used in Convection mode,place it in muffin moulds and pour the batter inside it.But in Microwave mode,it is advised  not to use but I have seen people using it with success.Can’t say for sure.

Why is my Cake,Cookie not browning evenly?

Every Microwave oven differs from each other.IFB MW has a heating coil on top which helps in browning evenly.However,many Mw’s do not have a heating coil on top and that is why the browning is not even.I would suggest baking in higher temperature for a while and when it is browned ,you could cover the top with a butter paper and then continue with baking and you could get desired results.

One more advantage of baking in Microwave convection is that since the baking tin keeps rotating[as the microwave tray rotates] the food[in this case,the cake] cooks evenly.There is no need to rotate the pan in between and absolutely no necessary to open the oven in between.

Do Cakes/Baked stuff prepared in Microwave taste as good as those baked in electric oven?

This is a tough question to answer.I have baked only in my MW and till date I haven’t felt that it lacks taste when compared to the ones baked in regular oven.There is no reason why it shouldn’t taste similar.If you follow the recipe and use fresh ingredients and set the temperature and time and bake,I don’t know how the taste can differ.However,some people still tell me that I should bake in Electric oven and see the difference for myself.Try it Vice-versa I say and I bet you wouldn’t know the difference!![DK,sorry if I sound like a snob here,couldn’t help it:)]

I hope I have answered your queries correctly.My next post would be about Baking in Microwave mode and general Microwave queries.If you still have questions,please post it in the comment section and I would try my best to answer them.

Thank you DK for thinking of me for this post!!

{ To Be Continued.. }

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280 Responses to “Baking in Microwave Convection Oven”
  1. it is very nice to you that you solve the problem of baking in microoven but iam little confuse that when i started to bake the cake but to preheat the temp it just smoke bec”se the temp set for 200degree C so my question is why it is so ? so can you answer me that in IFB THE TEMP IS ALREADY SET for baking or to set it then how?

  2. Raafea Ahmedi

    hi I have a IFB 25SCT1 CONVECTION MODEL .I have lost the basic instruction leaflet.therefore I am practicall clueless at present regarding the cook settings.on various convection, microwave,grill and combination settings.can you help me there.

  3. sharanya

    I have IFB 20SC convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top and middle section is still uncooked and is like hot batter. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. Please tell me where am I going wrong. Thanks waiting for your reply.

  4. Jessica

    I just purchased a Brada microwave and pizza oven combo, there were no recipes or websites for recipes with the manual and I am at a loss on how to use it correctly. It has the microwave/grill combo setting, plus a bottom drawer that pulls out for cooking pizza in. It is not a convection oven though. I would appreciate any links or sites for recipes and hints for using this microwave

  5. shri

    i have IFB25SC3 model oven ,i have tried your cake recipes ,but unfortunately the top of cake becomes bit hard and inside it baked well but not soft like yours,please guide me as i am very fond of cooking andbaking,please help me

  6. anushree rawool

    hi, i tried ur eggless mawa cake its really good recipe but every time i bake my cake its break don’t come full and also i baked in convection mode at180 but after 25 mins it don’t become brown i have to bake for more than 15-20 mins can u help me out because my son like this cake and my fly also

  7. sreekalyani

    hi,
    i have a ifb(MW CONVECTION AND GRILL TYPE), I WANT TO PREPARE A CAKE FOR THAT I HAVE TO PREHEAT THE OVEN IS IT NECESSARY TO PREHEAT THE OVEN FOR CAKE RECEIPE. BCOZ IM NEW TO OVEN I DNT KNOW HOW TO USE IT. SO,PLZ REPLY ME

  8. Nithya

    Hi ….your suggestions regarding cooking baking in microwave is really useful.thanku so much
    I hav Lg microwave/convection .i baked my cake at350 but it dint get browned layer on to and bottom….and also the cake baked 15minutes faster than the given time.Can u plz tell me why and help me to solve the problem.thank you

  9. Ganesh Kumar

    @Tripti,
    Just check for the quantity you make. For example, if u boil 100 ml water for 1 min and get X temperature, to boil 200 ml water to the same X temperature you may need only 1.5 mins. Though some people may not accept this theory, I have seen this in my experience.

    So, just use the right-sized container, proper recipe, correct portions and also the timer.

    thanks
    Ganesh Kumar

  10. Tripti

    Dear Sir/Mam,
    I have whirlpool 25c microwave oven(900watts).I have tried making cake more than 30 times but it never came out well. :( The batter which I make is perfect and I’m sure that there is some mistake in baking.Cake turns out like halwa and burnt on top :cry: Please help me. :-?

  11. Arpita

    I have IFB 20SC convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top and middle section is still uncooked and is like hot batter. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. Please tell me where am I going wrong. One more thing i would like to know that whether there is any pre-heat in Desert or not. Thanks waiting for your reply.

  12. Ganesh Kumar

    @To all those who experimented with cakes & brownies and got the outer portion(bottom/sides/top) charred while inside remained uncooked !

    This is very similar to making rotis on tawa. If your tawa is too hot, the roti will become black on the bottom before the inside portion getting cooked. So, you need to reduce the heat and make sure the inside is cooked well first and then (if required) slightly blacken the outer portion.
    Same technique needs to be applied here.

    While making pizzas, most companies, 1) use only medium heat in their ovens 2) Use perfortated pans (just like a metal seive) to make sure air circulates evenly 3) Use timer.

    In commercial ovens the air circulation is taken care by fans on all the sides so the pan need not rotate. In microwave ovens, instead the pan rotates. Very simple technique.

    Please note that making pizzas in m/w oven is even more difficult than making cakes. Because the dough has to bake evenly, mozzerella cheese has to melt to perfection and the toppings should not get charred. All three things need to be done simultaneously.

    So for cakes, just make sure the 1) recipe is perfect, 2) Bowl is greased nicely 3) bowl is microwave safe -(change the bowl, if you find thickness is the problem) 4) Use low / medium heat first to bake nicely 5) then use high temp to brown/blacken the sides.

    Kindly experiment some more and let us know the results. Thanks.

    regards
    Ganesh Kumar

  13. Aradhna

    I have IFB 25SC2 whenever I bake cake at180degrees it never gets cooked from the bottom.I follow exact recipe.It is so irritating pls tell me whats the probblem here.

  14. sonali

    I have IFB 30SC3 convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top so much that I have to remove all the top layer. Also the middle section is still uncooked. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. I tried to reduce temperature (160 C) after about 10 mins but this also hasn’t worked yet. Please tell me where am I going wrong. I would like to add that I have always followed the recicpe to the letter

  15. Simple

    HI..
    I m using IFBSc2 microwave oven. I tried baking brownie in convection mode at 180 degree c for 25 minuts.I used aluminium tin.I hd also preheated the mw for 3 minuts.but I .didnt know where to keep the aluminium tin in microwave as this mw dsnt hv shelves.recipes on internet tell tht u hv to keep the tin in middle shelf.since there is no shelf so I kept the tin on metal stand for pizza.after 25 minutea of baking.brownie got hard crusted on the surface.nd there ws burning smell.
    I wnt to ask where should the tin be placed in IFB microwave.straight on the glass turntable or on the grill or metal stand.y my brownie got hard crust surface..

  16. OldSarge

    Baking cakes and pastries is not recommended in convection ovens. It can be done using combination convection / microwave method. Convection cooking works best if you do not preheat the oven. If the recipe call for 350 degrees for 30 minutes in a conventional oven, then set the convection oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. For combo cooking, use level 4 for 20 minutes.

  17. I tried to bake a cake at 180 degrees on convection, but the top was burnt and the inside was runny. Can you please help

  18. I have tried to bake a cake on convection, but the top is burnt and the inside is like batter. Can you please help

  19. sheeja

    Sir
    I have tried to make cake several times but the outcome is always the same:the upper portion is overbaked and is too hard while the inner-middle portion is too raw and uncooked.

  20. sujata

    I have IFB 25BC3 convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top and middle section is still uncooked and is like hot batter. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. Please tell me where am I going wrong. I would like to add that I have always followed the recicpe to the letter.

  21. vandhana

    Hi sir
    I still have problem in setting temperature im my new ifb microwave + grill 20 pg 3s. Those degrees 180 120 etc and high for one minute etc i dont know these things andi dont have these in manual too

  22. suji

    i have sharp microwave oven with double grill ,when i tried to bake cake in microwave safe bowl at preheated 180 C the bowl melted. Kindly suggest me what utensil can be used to bake cake and biscuits in microwave oven

  23. Reshma

    I have IFB 25SC3 convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top so much that I have to remove all the top layer & at the same time the middle section is still uncooked. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. I tried to reduce temperature (160 C) after about 10 mins but this also hasn’t worked yet. Please tell me where am I going wrong. Also many time during baking in microwave it seems to be fluffy but as we take it out it sets down but ultimately I could not get a satisfactory piece. Please advice what should I do to get a perfect cake as I purchased IFB microwave especially for Cakes.

  24. Shweta Garg

    I have IFB 25SC3 convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top so much that I have to remove all the top layer & at the same time the middle section is still uncooked. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. I tried to reduce temperature (160 C) after about 10 mins but this also hasn’t worked yet. Please tell me where am I going wrong. Also many time during baking in microwave it seems to be fluffy but as we take it out it sets down but ultimately I could not get a satisfactory piece. Please advice what should I do to get a perfect cake as I purchased IFB microwave especially for Cakes.

  25. SINDHU

    dear sir/ madam
    i have try to make a cake but it not good because it like halwa, so pls give some tip how make it in microwave convection -samusung. so which button i have to press it. i have pressed in microwave + convection . therefore i think it made like so pls . give the tip & the detail of all button

    rgards

  26. Nandita

    I have IFB 25BC3 convection microwave. When I try to bake cake in it, It gets burned from the top so much that I have to remove all the top layer. Also the middle section is still uncooked. I have noticed that the top layer starts getting dark brown withing minutes and eventually it burns. I tried to reduce temperature (160 C) after about 10 mins but this also hasn’t worked yet. Please tell me where am I going wrong. I would like to add that I have always followed the recicpe to the letter.

  27. Sarab

    Hi,I hve IFB microvave with micro-conv-grill,but when8I bake my cake in conv mode as recipe required my Cake always Cook from upper& base but from inner it’s always like a batter. Why so?
    Plz help me out & plz tell me how to make tandoori chicken In grill mode as it also doesn’t work out for me.tell me your own IFB recipe so that I can follow it up

  28. mohamed elsokkary

    if i need 121 C and 133 C in the microwave how cn I get

  29. mohamed elsokkary

    i need the temperature equivaents fo the frosting ,slow cooking ,medium ,slightly rapid and rapid

  30. Ganesh Kumar

    @Taruna, In that case, most likely yours will be a simple oven used for heating/re-heating/simple baking/defrosting etc. Most simple ovens only will have single menu functions. Kindly check with the manual(or search online with the model & company name) if it has got convection/grill functions.
    You can also see the top or sides if it has got heating coils(“Z” or “S” shaped coils will be visible).

    Please note, unless you are sure it works as a convection oven, don’t use metal utensils. Or it may give sparks and damage the cavity of your oven.

    thanks
    Ganesh Kumar

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