This gluten free microwave mug cake takes the cake literally, it’s the sweet treat you crave after dinner, it’s the cake that fills all your needs when you are craving something sweet but don’t have much in the pantry or if you forgot to grab something for sweet for dessert.
It tastes delicious, successfully rises and takes you less than two minutes from start to finish. The cake itself is a light and fluffy texture that melts in your mouth. The inside is filled with Nutella, which when melted transforms this dessert from a basic mug cake to a next level death by chocolate situation.
I have always been a fan of microwave cakes, I still remember when I made my first mug cake after seeing a viral video on Facebook (pre gluten free days) and I couldn’t get over the science behind it or how well it worked. Fast-forward to today where I’m still just as shocked with how incredible they turn out and how despite this version being gluten free you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
I think the secret ingredient that sets this microwave mug cake apart from any other is the Nutella. In my opinion some chocolate mug cakes, can become a little dry and bitter because of the high amount of cocoa used, a dollop of ice cream on the top when served usually helps break this intense chocolate taste, but by using Nutella in the middle you are left with a surprise hazelnut flavour, that breaks up the rich cocoa taste, and balances the overall cake.
This simple yet delicious dessert makes one single serve mug cake, which if you are feeling generous can easily be shared between two with some ice cream or whipped cream, (no judgement) or you can just double the recipe to make two serves.
If you aren’t a Nutella fan then you can definitely leave it out, however I would still recommended serving the mug cake with some cream, or ice cream. I tend to top mine with a scoop of my favourite dairy free ice cream and some fresh strawberries. You can also switch it up and add some milk, or white chocolate chips (I would recommend no more than half a tablespoon) if that’s not your vibe you could try adding a tablespoon of peanut butter.
It is also important to stress, that providing you are using self raising flour this recipe will work, but you can’t use plain flour. Obviously this recipe works with gluten free self-raising flour but if you are making it for other people who aren’t gluten free then non-gluten free self-raising flour will also work.
Now whilst essentially this is a “chocolate cake” in a mug it in can only be made in the microwave, not the oven. Whilst every microwave will yield different results my own microwave is 1000 watts, and I heated mine for 70 seconds at full power (100%) My recommendation to combat over cooking the cake would be to do it for less time, for example place it in the microwave for 70 seconds at 100% power, and then check it (you will know its ready when it has risen significantly, and has slightly separated from the sides and has a cake like top).
Some microwaves may take upwards of 90 seconds, but remember its always easier to add time and once you make this a few times you will know how long you need to cook it based on your microwave. The mug or cup you use also needs to be microwave safe and able to hold at least 450mls, if your unsure how much you cups hold you can check by making sure it fits at least 1 ¾ cups.
If you get the chance to make this yummy chocolate microwave mug cake then I would love to know what you think! Feel free to tag me over on Instagram at @itsallglutenfree
I hope you enjoy!
Gluten Free Chocolate Mug Cake
- 2 tablespoons Gluten Free Self Raising Flour (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 Egg
- 2 tablespoons Milk
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- Ice cream or cream to serve
- In a large bowl mix together your flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder.
- Then add your egg, milk and oil to the middle of the dry ingredients.
- Using a whisk mix your mixture until it is well combined and there are no lumps.
- Once your mixture has been throughly whisked, pour it into your chosen mug.
- Then add your two tablespoons of Nutella on top ( don't worry if it starts to sink)
- Microwave on high (1000 watts) at 100% power for 70 seconds or until your cake has risen and the sides slightly seperate from mug.
- Remove from the microwave and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
- If you use normal flour or gluten free flour it must be Self Raising, not plain.
- Whilst every microwave will yield different results my own microwave is 1000 watts and I heated mine for 70 seconds at full power (100%) My recommendation to combat over cooking the cake would be to do it for less time, for example place it in the microwave for 70 seconds at 100% power and then check it (you will know its ready when it has risen significantly, has slightly separated from the sides and has a cake like top) Some microwaves may take upwards of 90 seconds, but remember its always easier to add time and once you make this a few times you will know how long you need to cook it based on your microwave.