“Gluten-free” shouldn’t mean “bland-tasting” and “difficult to make”. This gluten-free mug cake recipe is not only moist and filled with chocolatey goodness, but also only requires a microwave to make.
Make a Chocolate Gluten-Free Mug Cake in Just One Minute
What You’ll Need For the Cake:
- 1/4 cup (34g) all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/2 tsp (2g) baking powder
- 1 tbsp (8g) cocoa powder
- 1 egg (large)
- 2 tbsp (25g) granulated white sugar
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp (4g) chocolate chips (optional)
Take a 12oz mug and spray the inside with some cooking spray so that the cake doesn’t stick inside your mug.
It’s important that you use a large mug for this recipe because the cake expands as it cooks. You wouldn’t want to spend the whole time cleaning up chocolate batter instead of enjoying your cake.
Combine the gluten-free flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder inside your mug. Stir them until well-combined.
Step 3: Mix in Your Wet Ingredients
Next, add in the egg, milk, and vegetable oil into the mug. Mix everything until smooth with a fork.
Step 4 (Optional): Add Chocolate Chips
If you plan on adding chocolate chips, now’s the time to add them in.
Step 5: Place the Mug in the Microwave
Heat the cake batter on high for approximately 1 minute, or until the top part of the cake dries. Make sure to take the mug out as soon the cake goes dry, otherwise you end up with a very dry cake.
Set it aside to cool.
Take Your Gluten-Free Mug Cake to the Next Level with Some Toppings
Assuming you did everything correctly, you should have a good gluten-free mug cake base to work with. It’s good enough to eat on its own, but if you want to elevate it to the next level, here are some tips and tricks you can do:
Topping 1: Leftover Chocolate Chips
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If you have some leftover chocolate chips, the simplest way to elevate your mug cake is to sprinkle them on top.
Topping 2: Whipped Cream and Cocoa Powder
The contrast of the deep cocoa flavor and light, creamy cream is a popular combination for a reason. Just spray on some whipped cream on top, sprinkle some cocoa powder, and you’re done.
For a vegan alternative, you can use coconut whipped cream in place of regular whipped cream.
Topping 3: Ice Cream
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Some ice cream goes a long way here. Add a scoop of the flavor of your choice and have a decadent dessert you’ll want to have all the time.
Topping 4: Frosting!
A cake isn’t truly a cake without frosting on top. Here’s a simple buttercream frosting recipe that uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
For this, you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp (24g) softened butter
- 3 tbsp (21g) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp milk
Combine the butter and powdered sugar and beat them with a spoon until smooth. Add the milk and mix them all up until you get a creamy texture.
Wait until the cake has cooled down a bit before spreading your frosting.
Topping 5: Fresh Berries
For a fruity twist, add some fresh berries, and voila.
Watch a video by Downshiftology for another gluten-free chocolate mug cake recipe:
Gluten-free food need not be a chore to make and to eat. Who knew that healthy food can be this indulgent at the same time?
How did you dress up your mug cake? Share your tips in the comments section below.
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