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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake *Recipe*

This will be a quick post, but I just had to share a mug cake recipe I made the other day. I was really happy with the way it turned out and so were my two kids :).

I haven’t made a mug cake in forever, but they’re a great way to have a little dessert when you’re craving one. It’s kinda nice to make a single serving treat and not have a million cupcakes or a huge cake teasing you constantly.

chocolate mug cake

This cake is gluten free, but you can make it with all-purpose flour too if that’s all you have. I picked up a gluten free Bob’s Red Mill flour and it worked out well in this recipe. It does contain xantham gum though, which is a thickener, so if you have a gluten free flour, make sure there’s xantham gum. If there’s not, you probably need to add some.

Another thing worth mentioning is the mug I used is enormous, so this makes a pretty large mug cake. If you don’t have freaky huge mugs like me, you can always use a ramekin or small bowl.

Here’s the recipe:

gluten free mug cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

  • 1/4 c. gluten free flour (or all purpose)
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1.5-2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda

I mixed everything in my mug and microwaved for about 1:30. That’s it! I added some chocolate chips on top too once it was nice and warm because..why not? The more chocolate the better.

chocolate mug cake

I will definitely make this again. I’m actually going to try and make one that’s Paleo too. If I can make it work, I’ll share the recipe! Using flours that are Paleo are always a little finicky so we’ll see. Definitely more trial and error involved.


Do you make mug cakes? What’s your go-to dessert? By the way, I made this at like 3pm. It don’t matter what time it is.¬†Any time is a good time for dessert :).

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