5 Minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake

by Carol Kicinski on January 26, 2014

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Have you ever had that feeling that you must have chocolate cake and you must have it now?

It happens to me all the time but it feels more like this – “MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE CAKE NOW!!!”

That’s the beauty of this quick recipe; you can go from feeling MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE CAKE to actually having chocolate cake in less than five minutes.

Just whisk up your ingredients in a large microwavable mug or ramekin, nuke for 90 seconds and enjoy. Seriously?!? Does it get any easier than that?

I make this cake in a 12-ounce mug and I suppose you could say that technically it makes enough for two people. So feel free to share this with a loved one if you feel so inclined. Or you can divide the batter between two smaller mugs or even halve the recipe. But who are we kidding? The recipe is so easy I would rather just make another one for a loved one and have them keep their mitts off my chocolate cake.

Recipe notes: You can use any gluten free flour blend you like in this recipe or just use sweet rice flour by itself, it works perfectly well. I like to top my cakes off with a little whipped cream and a maraschino cherry so I add a little of the maraschino cherry juice to the batter. I use the natural kind with no artificial dyes or high fructose corn syrup. You can totally make this recipe dairy free – just use dairy free butter substitute and the dairy free milk of your choice. If you foolishly decide to halve the recipe go ahead and use the whole egg but reduce the amount of time microwaving it to about 60 seconds.

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5 minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake


3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
1 large egg
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons gluten free flour blend or sweet rice flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Whipped cream
1 maraschino cherry


Melt the butter in a 12-ounce (or bigger) microwavable mug or ramekin. Swirl the butter around to coat the mug or ramekin. Add the milk, vanilla, maraschino cherry juice and egg and whisk. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, flour and baking powder and whisk.

Microwave for 90 seconds or until the cake has risen and is set. Let cool slightly, top with whipped cream and a cherry.


A gluten free recipe that serves 1 or 2.

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mckenzie November 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

thanks for helping me find stuff


Carol Kicinski December 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

Of course, I hope you had a wonderful holiday Mckenzie.



Liz April 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

I have a 4 month old whom I am nursing and he has a sensitivity to gluten, soy, and dairy so I have been DYING without chocolate! This recipe is going to be my sanity saver!!!


Carol Kicinski June 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

haha :) Enjoy Liz!


Jose June 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I’ve just made this for the second time (I slightly over cooked it the first) and it is heaven in a mug. Thank you! Though my thighs won’t thank you…. :)


Carol Kicinski June 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm

You’re welcome Jose! haha But it’s oh so worth it!


Steph Mueller September 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm

While my husband seemed to really like it while it was still hot, I liked it better the next day, cold. The flavors seem to be more concentrated when it’s cold. A nice recipe.


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