Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

I’ve never been much of an early adopter when it comes to food.  Evidence?  I tried a single serving mug cake for the first time about a month or so ago.  A recipe from a very, very popular food blogger had just popped in my reader  earlier that day and I was in dire need of some chocolate.

My excitement about entering the world of mug cakes was premature:  that thing was a gummy mess.  It was my intense craving for chocolate that persuaded me to try again.  This time I turned to a recipe from Jessica over at the Novice Chef.   She promised that it was a winner and she delivered.  Big time.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

Her recipe was easy to convert to gluten-free (although for full disclosure, I made it even MORE chocolatey) and nearly impossible to muck up.  I’ve used regular, coconut and almond milk… all with great success.  And despite the fact that I almost never measure carefully when I’m not working on a blog recipe, it’s worked every single time.  There’s a pretty big margin for error here folks.

So if you don’t have time to make my favorite gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, or don’t want any tempting leftovers around, then this one’s for you.  And if you’ve got somebody who is always sneaking a bite or two of your dessert, I should note that this recipe is easily doubled.  Just make sure to make it in a large bowl (or a giant mug) so that it doesn’t overflow while cooking in the microwave; the batter tends to rise up quite high about halfway through the process.  If you double the recipe you’ll also have to add some additional cook time.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes


* 2 Tablespoons sugar
* 1-1/2 Tablespoons rice flour
* 1 Tablespoon potato starch
* 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
* pinch of salt
* 3 Tablespoons milk
* 1-1/2 Tablespoons oil
* 1 Tablespoon almond or another nut butter


Combine the sugar, rice flour, potato starch, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a mug and stir to mix. Add the milk, oil and almond butter and mix until smooth.

Cook for approximately 70 seconds in the microwave on full power. Serve immediately.

Adapted from The Novice Chef

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15 Responses to “Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake”

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    Jennifer Stahl — September 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I’d recently misplaced my printed out version and didn’t have it in my favorites. Thank you so much for posting this today!!


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    Hannah — October 22, 2013 at 3:08 am

    After finally discovering an amazing mug cake recipe made with regular flour only last week, I was told by a dietician a couple of days ago that I need to go onto the low FODMAP diet.
    This recipe has made my world a better place. The flavour and texture of this mug cake is amazing. It is FODMAP friendly and you would not believe it is gluten/wheat free.
    It will be my go-to chocolate fix from now on!!


    • Cate — October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:29 am

      So so glad it’s helping ease your transition! Thanks so much for your comment Hannah :)


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    Pop Chef — December 9, 2013 at 6:31 am

    That dessert may be one of the most decadent looking desserts every. Thanks for posting.


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    becca — January 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This is SO gooood, unbelievably tender and moist and crumbly, and it doesn’t bounce or condense down into a hard rubber disk if you don’t eat it within 2 minutes of lava hotness. Drool. Making me a mug-a-love now! Thanks Cate!!


    • Cate — January 6th, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

      So, so glad you like it as much as I do Becca!


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    Melissa — January 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    This is delicious! I made a mug tonight and shared with my family. My step-daughter said, “That is the best cake I’ve ever had!” And no one knew it was gluten free. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


    • Cate — January 21st, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

      Awesome! So glad you guys liked it :)


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    Panda — July 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Is it possible to make this in a mug but in an oven?

    I actually do not own a microwave but would like to enjoy this sinful looking treat without making a whole tray for myself.



    • Cate — October 4th, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

      Sorry for the delay in response Panda. I’m actually not sure. If you tried it, let me know how it worked for you!


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    Amy — May 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    so delicious! perfect chocolate cake-used sunbutter…thank you, thank you, thank you! even the gluten-eaters loved it


    • Cate — June 27th, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

      So glad you liked it Amy :)


  8. #
    Ray — May 31, 2017 at 3:29 pm


    I know this recipe is years old, but it’s an old favorite of mine and I don’t know if I’ve ever said thanks. My roommate and I made it all the time in college just after she became gluten intolerant (we often subed Bailey’s for the milk), and I’m dusting it off to share now that my dad’s gone gf. Best mug cake I’ve had, GF or otherwise. Thanks for an awesome recipe!


    • Cate — January 6th, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks for the sweet note- so glad you like it :)


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    Ray — December 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Just stopping by to say this is still my go-to mug cake recipe. It’s delicious. Thanks!


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