Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake (3 Ingredients!)

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Scooping out a bite of gluten-free chocolate cake from a mug

Chocolate cake in 3 MINUTES!? We’ve got you covered. This chocolate mug cake is rich, FLUFFY, and studded with melty chocolate chips. Bonus? No one will guess it’s vegan, gluten-free, and SO easy to make! 

With just 1 mug and 3 simple ingredients, you’re about to be cozy on your couch with your new favorite single-serving dessert. Let’s make cake!

Chocolate cake mix, water, avocado oil, vanilla, and chocolate chips

How to Make a Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

This seriously easy chocolate cake requires 3 simple ingredients: 1) avocado oil (or melted coconut oil), 2) vanilla extract, and 3) our Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix. Stir them together with water in your favorite mug.

Stirring together chocolate cake mix and wet ingredients in a mug

Next, add chocolate chips, which are optional but recommended for richness and melty goodness! Then send it into the microwave for 1 minute.

Stirring dairy-free chocolate chips into chocolate cake batter

Microwaves will vary a bit in how quickly they cook, so check the cake after a minute and add a little extra time if needed! You’ll know your mug cake is done when the center looks and feels set. Then it’s time to top with vanilla ice cream and shaved dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, or hot fudge and dig in!

Overflowing mug of chocolate cake

We hope you LOVE this (vegan + gluten-free) chocolate mug cake! It’s:

Fluffy
Chocolaty
Tender
Warm
EASY
& SO fast!

It’s perfect for date nights in, using up the rest of the bag of chocolate cake mix (after making protein muffins!), and everything in between.

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Shaved dark chocolate falling onto a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a chocolate mug cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake (3 Ingredients!)

Rich, fluffy chocolate cake made in a mug in 3 minutes with 3 simple ingredients. Undetectably vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Spoon scooping into a gluten-free chocolate mug cake
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 (generous serving)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

CAKE

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • To a 10-oz. (or larger) mug or ramekin, add the water, oil, vanilla, and Minimalist Baker Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix. Stir with a fork to fully incorporate. Option to stir in chocolate chips for richness.
  • Microwave for 1 minute then check to see if the center is set; if not, microwave for another 15 seconds (it could take up to 1 minute 30 seconds total if using a less powerful microwave). Once done, let the cake cool for 3-5 minutes before enjoying. This mug cake is best eaten warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • Best when fresh. Because of the microwaving, the cake becomes hard once fully cooled.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 mug cake Calories: 443 Carbohydrates: 54.1 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 25.8 g Saturated Fat: 8.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 350 mg Potassium: 287 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 34.1 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 82 mg Iron: 4.2 mg

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  1. Tori says

    You’re doing [insert deity of your choice’s] work with this one! I have the MB cake mix and made this as a special Valentine’s Day treat. Amazing! I didn’t have chocolate chips so chunked up a chocolate bar square – so good! Feels decadent without being too much.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Hana, at this time we don’t have a “from scratch” version of this recipe! However, we will add it to our list!

  2. EM says

    I understand you want to promote your own cake mix, but wondering if there is a way to make it from scratch with using a cake mix. Love many of your recipes, we’re just generally scratch bakers and don’t buy mixes and such. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi EM, at this time we don’t have a “from scratch” version of this recipe! However, we will add it to our list!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ling, we haven’t come up with a “from scratch” version of this recipe, but we will add it to our list!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      You could try baking it in the oven at 350 degrees F (176 C) for 18-22 minutes. Just be sure to make it in an oven safe baking dish!

  3. Sheila says

    I wanted to make this recipe for my valentine but don’t have the flour blend on hand, it would be nice to include how to make it without your flour blend as a side note…
    Thank you, love your site otherwise!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sheila! We don’t have a “from scratch” version of this recipe yet, but we will add it to our list!

  4. Maaike says

    Would it be possible to make it in an air fryer? I dont have a microwave and also dont like using it because of the radiation)micro waves

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maaike! We’re not sure about an air fryer, but you could try baking it at 350 degrees F (176 C) for 18-22 minutes in the oven!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lola! At this time we don’t sell the baking mixes outside of the US! However, we are hoping to in the future!

  5. Lauri says

    Happy Valentines Day!

    This looks amazing!!!

    Unfortunately for me, most (all?) of your gluten free offerings have almonds in them and I am just as intolerant to almonds as I am gluten. :(

    Do you have any other ideas on how to make this?

    Love your site so much!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Happy Valentine’s Day, Lauri! We’re so glad you love our site! At this time, we aren’t sure of a way to make an almond-free version of this recipe. We’ll add it to our ideas list for the future! In the meantime, we’d suggest using the “nut-free” special diet filter in our recipe index. Hope that helps!

  6. Rebecca says

    Hi, Thank you for your wonderful recipes! If we wanted to make this without the cake mix, is there a way? Gluten – free flour, baking powder, etc…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rebecca, we don’t have a “from scratch” recipe right now, but we will add it to our list!

  7. Jaycen says

    This is exactly what I have been waiting for! I have been hoarding my MB Chocolate Cake Mix, and hesitant to make a full cake because I know I will eat it all in a single day. THANK YOU!