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How to make a chocolate cake in 2 minutes

chocolate microwave cake recipe

Due to the popularity of a recent post, it’s time for another round of microwave fun. Like I neglected to mention about that cookie, this chocolate cake isn’t nearly as sweet as a traditional one.

Vary the flavor of this dark chocolate cake by using a different extract, subbing ripe banana for the applesauce, adding a tablespoon or so of chocolate chips, or zapping as cupcakes instead.  About the paper towel suggestion in directions – you’ll know if you need one after you’ve made the cake once or twice in your microwave.

Use your favorite all purpose gluten free flour, like the one from King Arthur Flour, or create your own custom blend.

2-Minute Microwave Chocolate Cake

Melt in a microwave safe cup:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Add to melted oil and stir well:

2 tablespoons milk (whatever kind you like)

1 tablespoon applesauce

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Add to cup and stir more:

3 tablespoons GF flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of each: salt and cinnamon

Pour batter into a greased 6 oz. ramekin or mug. Set on a paper towel, just to be on the safe side, because it will puff up and potentially spill over in microwave. Cook for 45 seconds at full power (in a 1500 watt oven). Cook time will vary depending on how powerful your microwave is. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and let cool a bit before digging in. Really great topped with yogurt or ice cream. Yield: 1 dark chocolate cake or 2 cupcakes

Looking for an easy vanilla cake recipe? Here’s how to make a vanilla cake in 2 minutes.

vegan chocolate mug cake


  1. Susan Nowlin says:

    Would this work with barley flour? I can’t have wheat.

  2. Susan, I’m not familiar with barley flour. I used a gluten free blend with sorghum, rice and tapioca flour.

  3. Another winning recipe! I made this today and it was fantastic. I honestly would not have known it was a microwave mug cake if I had not made it myself. It was very moist and flavorful, excellent texture. I have made a lot of microwave mug cakes and this was by far the best!

  4. Hi, I want to ask what can I substitute for the apple sauce? Could I use more oil or an egg substitute or your tapioca gel? I seldom buy apples or apple sauce so I would like to try something that is already right in my pantry. ^^

  5. This was EXCELLENT. I really appreciate recipes that are both GF and Vegan. GF desserts are too expensive at a bakery and I don’t want to make a whole batch(ill eat them all lol). So this was just perfect for me. I had some chocolate chips and I threw them in there too! I expected it to be a mess in the cup but I think if I had actually sprayed it, I could have popped it out and it would have been a beautiful, fluffy, cake. By far the best microwave dessert I’ve ever had. YUM.

  6. Made this with whole wheat flour and almond milk and it was amazing!! best vegan microwave treat yet.

    • Oh, that’s good to know. I’m glad it worked with your flour. Sometimes I get questions about this very thing – like “can I use regular flour in your banana bread recipe?” And of course, I have no idea. Thanks for leaving a comment, Hannah!

  7. Amazing!!! Thank you for this simple and easy recipe. I had no coconut oil on hand so I melted a tablespoon of margarine into the mug, and then swirled it around the edges to grease them. Added an extra tablespoon of apple sauce as a hunch and this turned out fantastic!! So delicious and moist. Topped it with a scoop of chocolate vegan icing – perfect.

  8. I am not allowed cocoa because it makes me sick. If I don’t use the cocoa powder will it still taste good?

  9. this recipe was awesome! I will instruct others to this recipe.


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    Microwave Chocolate Cake – gluten free recipe