Delicious Chocolate Cake in a Cup Recipe

As a lover of all things sweet and indulgent, I understand the importance of having a good cake recipe at your disposal. But when you have gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance or are watching your carb intake, finding a cake that you can actually eat can be difficult. Fear not, my foodie friends! Today, I am excited to share with you my delicious recipe for a decadent gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake in a cup.

This recipe is perfect for those times when you have a sudden craving for something sweet and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. This mug cake comes together in only 5 minutes and requires just a few gluten-free pantry staples. All you need is a mug or ramekin, a microwave, and some simple ingredients.

But don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you – this chocolate cake is rich, moist, and full of flavor. Whether it’s for breakfast or dessert, this gluten-free chocolate mug cake is sure to become one of your go-to recipes in no time.

So why wait? Let’s dive into the details and get started on creating this delicious and easy-to-make gluten-free chocolate mug cake!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Cake in a Cup- Gluten Free Style
Chocolate Cake in a Cup- Gluten Free Style

Step aside, conventional gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cakes. We’ve got a recipe that is not only free of those allergens but is also packed with intense chocolate flavor, moist and fluffy at the same time, and can be made in just one minute! Yes, you read that right – one minute.

This Chocolate Cake in a Cup recipe will delight everyone who craves an indulgent dessert but doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen or buy special ingredients that are hard to find. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have your own decadent gluten-free chocolate mug cake to satisfy your sweet tooth.

What makes this recipe truly special is its ability to cater to different dietary restrictions without compromising on taste or texture. Whether you’re following a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, keto, vegan, or paleo, this recipe has got you covered with handy substitutions and variations.

For instance, you can swap the gluten-free flour for almond flour to make it keto-friendly while keeping it dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. If you have a sweet tooth but want to cut down on sugar, try adding some sugar-free chocolate chips or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.

And let’s not forget about the convenience factor. This recipe is perfect when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to heat up the entire oven or make a full-sized cake. It’s ideal for those living on their own or simply don’t have the time for baking.

The bottom line? This Chocolate Cake in a Cup checks all the boxes – it’s easy, convenient, delicious, and caters to various dietary needs. So go ahead and whip up your own personalized version of this chocolate mug cake today!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in a guilt-free, gluten-free chocolatey heaven!
Indulge in a guilt-free, gluten-free chocolatey heaven!

For this decadent gluten-free Chocolate Cake in a Cup, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour (I recommend using a blend of almond flour and all-purpose gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar (or sugar substitute for a low-carb version)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

This simple yet delicious recipe only requires 9 ingredients that most people already have in their pantry. It’s perfect for when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to go through the hassle of baking a full cake. Plus, it’s completely gluten-free and dairy-free, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions or allergies.

The Recipe How-To

 A single-serve chocolate cake in a cup, ready in minutes.
A single-serve chocolate cake in a cup, ready in minutes.

Now that we have gathered fresh ingredients, it’s time to dive in and make this decadent gluten-free chocolate cake in a cup! This recipe requires some basic kitchen equipment like a microwave, measuring cups and spoons, and a large mug or ramekin. Follow these simple steps to create your own warm, indulgent treat in less than 5 minutes.


  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a microwave-safe mug or ramekin, whisk together the dry ingredients: gluten-free flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients: almond milk, coconut oil & vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  3. Microwave for about 60-90 seconds until the batter has risen and fully cooked through. Check after 60 seconds and add an additional 10-15 seconds if it still looks liquidy on top.
  4. Remove from the microwave using oven mitts as the mug will be hot. Let it cool for a minute and optionally top with chocolate chips or your favorite frosting.

That’s all there is to it, you’ve just made a tasty gluten-free chocolate cake in a snap! Now you can indulge in some comfort food without having to worry about gluten or diary intolerances. Served fresh out of the microwave with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream would make this chocolate mug cake recipe even more delightful!

Substitutions and Variations

 No need to bake a huge cake when all you want is a tiny indulgence.
No need to bake a huge cake when all you want is a tiny indulgence.

Looking for substitutions and variations to make this chocolate cake in a cup recipe fit your preferences or dietary restrictions? No problem! Here are some ideas for you:

– Gluten-Free Flour: If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand or prefer to use something else, try swapping it with all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour or almond flour. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may differ from the original recipe.

– Sweeteners: This recipe calls for granulated sugar, but you can use other sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, agave nectar or stevia. Adjust the quantity accordingly to your taste.

– Dairy-Free: To make this cake dairy-free, substitute the milk with almond milk and replace the unsalted butter with coconut oil.

– Vegan: Want to enjoy a vegan cake? Use vegan chocolate chips or chopped up dark chocolate in place of milk chocolate chips. You can also use almond milk instead of regular milk, and swap out the egg with a vegan egg replacer like flax eggs.

– Sugar-Free: If you’re watching your sugar intake, try using sugar-free chocolate chips or sugar-free cocoa powder. You can also replace the granulated sugar with a sugar substitute like erythritol or monk fruit sweetener.

– Keto: To make a low-carb version of this cake, swap out the granulated sugar for a sugar substitute like erythritol or monk fruit sweetener. Use almond flour instead of regular flour, and coconut oil instead of butter. Also, skip the chocolate chips as they contain added sugars.

Overall, there are many ways to customize this recipe to fit your dietary needs and preferences. Just remember to adjust the ingredients accordingly and be open to experimenting with different substitutions and variations until you find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 This gluten-free recipe will make your taste buds dance with joy.
This gluten-free recipe will make your taste buds dance with joy.

If you’re looking for a decadent treat and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, this gluten-free chocolate cake in a cup recipe is exactly what you need! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love chocolate cake? It’s perfect for a quick dessert fix, especially when you’re cooking for one. But feel free to double or triple the recipe to share it with your loved ones!

This gluten-free chocolate cake can be served on its own or paired with something light like fresh berries or whipped cream. If you want to go all out, add a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top of the cake. You can even sprinkle some chopped nuts or chocolate chips to give it an extra crunch.

If you’re serving this cake for a special occasion or making it as a birthday cake, try decorating it with frosting, sprinkles or other fun toppings. You can make it look like a professional bakery creation without spending a lot of time and effort.

You can enjoy this cake hot straight out of the microwave. The warm and gooey texture adds to the whole experience. But if you prefer your cake cold, you can refrigerate it for 30-60 minutes before serving.

This gluten-free chocolate cake is also versatile enough that it goes well with a variety of beverages. Pair it with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa on chilly days. Or serve it with milk, juice or smoothies if you’re looking for a refreshing drink option.

Whether you’re enjoying this delightful gluten-free chocolate cake alone or with friends and family, rest assured that each bite will fill your taste buds with joy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Fewer dishes, more satisfaction. Get ready for a yummy treat!
Fewer dishes, more satisfaction. Get ready for a yummy treat!

Who doesn’t love to have their cake (or cupcake!) and eat it too? This gluten-free chocolate mug cake recipe can be made ahead of time and stored for later use, making it a perfect treat for busy bees who still crave a sweet indulgence. Once made, let the cake cool completely before storing in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. The cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for up to a week.

When it comes to reheating, this decadent gluten-free chocolate mug cake is just as easy as its preparation. You can either microwave the leftover cake for 10-15 seconds until warm, or pop it into a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 3-5 minutes until heated through. Topping suggestions include chocolate chips, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Another option is to make a big batch of the dry ingredients beforehand and store them in an airtight container in your pantry to use as needed. This way you can quickly mix up your wet ingredients when your sweet tooth starts calling out to you.

This recipe also makes for an excellent make-ahead option for a party or special occasion. You can bake the cakes ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer until showtime. Just take them out of the fridge an hour before serving so they come to room temperature. Additionally, nut-based flours react differently than traditional all-purpose flour so keep this in mind when storing the cakes – they may become slightly denser after being refrigerated but will still taste just as good.

Get creative with how you store and reheat these delicious gluten-free chocolate mug cakes – the possibilities are endless and the flavours are always satisfying.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect for those who love chocolate, but not the gluten.
Perfect for those who love chocolate, but not the gluten.

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps in place for making a delicious chocolate cake in a cup, here are some tips to ensure that your cake turns out perfectly every time.

1. Choose the Right Mug or Ramekin Size

The size of the mug or ramekin is crucial for the perfect outcome of the cake. A large mug or ramekin may cause the batter to overflow and spill over while a small mug may lead to a dry and overcooked cake. Choose a 12-ounce mug or ramekin, which is approximately 4 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep.

2. Use Room Temperature Ingredients

To get the best results with your chocolate cake in a cup, use room temperature ingredients instead of straight from the fridge. This will help them mix better together, leading to a more uniform texture and better flavour.

3. Mix Well

Mixing well is important for getting a consistent texture throughout the cake. Use a whisk or fork to combine all ingredients until smooth and well-combined.

4. Don’t Overcook

Overcooking is one of the most common mistakes when making cakes in cups. Keep an eye on yours while it cooks in the microwave, taking it out as soon as it has set but before it starts to crack on top.

5. Experiment with Flavours and Toppings

Once you have perfected the basic recipe for gluten-free chocolate cake cups, don’t be afraid to experiment with various flavors and toppings to make each one unique. Try adding chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or whipped cream on top.

6. Serve Warm

Serve your gluten-free chocolate cake cups warm right away along with fruits like strawberries, raspberries or whipped cream for an extra treat!

By following these simple tips along with the recipe, you can make perfect chocolate cakes in cups that are gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious every time!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this gluten-free chocolate cake in a cup recipe is perfect for dessert lovers who want a quick and easy option that doesn’t sacrifice taste or quality. With its deliciously decadent texture and rich chocolate flavor, it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth craving. By using high-quality ingredients like almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut oil, you’re getting a healthy and nutrient-rich dessert that you won’t regret indulging in.

So why not give this recipe a try? It’s easy to prepare and takes only a few minutes to make. Plus, with the added bonus of being gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s suitable for many dietary restrictions. You can even customize it by adding toppings like fresh fruit or dark chocolate chips.

In summary, if you’re looking for an indulgent dessert that won’t take up too much of your time or leave you feeling guilty afterwards, then this gluten-free chocolate cake in a cup recipe is definitely worth trying out. Give it a go and see just how delicious healthy eating can be!

Chocolate Cake in a Cup- Gluten Free Style

Chocolate Cake in a Cup- Gluten Free Style Recipe

After finding a great quick cake in a cup recipe I decided to make it gluten free and it turned out great.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 cake
Calories 861.2 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips


  • In a large coffee cup mix together dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Put the cup in the microwave for 3 minutes high power. Let sit for a minute or two to cool just a bit and enjoy.
  • We enjoyed this plain but you could always put a gluten free frosting or powdered sugar on the top.

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Serving: 119gCalories: 861.2kcalCarbohydrates: 83.5gProtein: 12.3gFat: 59.2gSaturated Fat: 14.9gCholesterol: 192.4mgSodium: 256.3mgFiber: 7.3gSugar: 69g
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