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I haven’t blogged since November last year – where does the time go?  So today, with the beautiful frosty morning and the cold weather finally drawing in, I was reminded of one of my favourite warming winter treats.

It’s perfect for those days when you want some cake, quick, but don’t want to get out the mixing bowls and don your pinny.  A friend shared this recipe with me (Thanks Becky) and at first I didn’t believe it could work.  How can you make a cake in 3 minutes that’s cooked in the microwave?  Well you can and cake-in-a-mug is quick, easy and tasty.

You can make this with normal self raising flour, but for those gluten free-ers out there, it’s just as good with gluten free flour.

It’s quite a versatile recipe. I’ve tried it with various different gluten free flour mixes, and self raising flour. Today it worked great with 2 tbsp of rice flour, 1 tbsp of maize and 1 tbsp of potato flour.  If you’re not using self-raising remember to add about a teaspoon of baking powder.

Dove’s Farm self rasing flour is also great for this recipe.

What you’ll need to make gluten free cake-in-a-mug

  • 1 Large Coffee Mug (or small bowl/glass measuring jug)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon guar gum (optional, I have made it without and it’s fine)
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa/drinking chocolate (check it is dairy free)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons of suitable milk.  It works fine with rice/soya milk etc.
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
  • Small splash vanilla essence

How to make it:

  • Oil the inside of the mug
  • Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well
  • Add egg, mix thoroughly
  • Add milk and oil, mix again
  • Add chocolate chips and vanilla, mix
  • Cook for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes in the microwave. Cake will rise over the top of the mug!

This may serve two as a dessert depending on your appetite.  Why not serve with swedish glace vanilla ice cream? Or just do what I do, dig in with a fork when it’s warm and gooey. Lovely!

You can easily add your own touch and tweak this recipe, depending on how you feel.

Here are a few ideas:

1. In the bottom of another mug place 2 tablespoons of jam. Mix the cake up and pour over the jam. When cooked, tip out for a chocolate dessert with jam sauce topping.
2. Or you could make as for jam variation but leave out cocoa, replacing it instead with same amount of rice flour. Add grated orange rind to mixture.
3. You could also add mesquite flour.  Just add 1 tablespoon of mesquite (pronounced mes-keet) flour, which is a naturally gluten free flour and adds great flavour and a real kick to any meal from cakes to meat. It tastes kind of like a combination of chocolate, coconut and cinnamon.
4. Or why not throw some crushed raspberries into the bottom of the mug, as with the jam variation above. Mmmm. Mouth watering just writing this.

Dairy free cake-in-a-mug – If you can eat gluten and fancy trying the normal recipe with self rasing flour, here you go:

  • 9 TBSP – Hot chocolate powder (Check the ingredients to ensure it is dairy-free)
  • 4 TBSP – Self raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 TBSP – Sunflower oil
  • 3 TBSP – Water
  • 1 pinch of salt

Make this version in just the same way as above.

Egg replacer: And if you want to avoid egg too I am reliably informed that it works very well using egg raplacer too. If you fancy experimenting with a clever natural egg replacer, mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed soaked in three tablespoons of water till thick for the equivalent of one egg.  Do this a little while before you want to make the cake as it needs a good 10-15 mins to soak up the water.

This recipe does make too much cake for one person and it doesn’t really keep too well; it’s best eaten warm and gooey straight from the microwave. If you have left-overs, wrap it tightly in cling film and store it in an airtight container, or in the fridge, and it’ll be fine the next day.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried it. What did you think? Have you got your own variation? Did you like it? Anyway happy baking everyone. Move over Nigella – the microwave cake bakers are coming!



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

5 Responses to Gluten free cake-in-a-mug in 3 minutes!

  1. Sold! Will be making this at the weekend!!

  2. Cara_Voller

    Would it be lazy to make this for my Coeliac dad’s birthday next week as it sounds so yummy and easy to do?!

    • Hey why not Cara – just stick a candle on the top ;o) Does he have any allergies? If you would like a recommendation of a great company which makes allergy free cakes I know some.

  3. Cara_Voller

    That would be great he has coeliac disease but no allergies, always struggle to buy nice gluten free food as he says so much of it tastes dry!

    Thanks – will def be trying your cake though!

  4. Liz Allan of the The Cake Crusader does amazing cakes. All gluten free and they taste so good you’d never know. I got one for myself for my birthday ;o)

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