Gluten Free 5 Minute Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

5 Minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake

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, 5 Minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake 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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Gluten Free 5 Minute Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe
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5 minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake

Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 771kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
5 minute Gluten Free Hot Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 771 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 25g125%
Cholesterol 259mg86%
Sodium 394mg16%
Potassium 545mg16%
Carbohydrates 93g31%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1385IU28%
Calcium 171mg17%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: 5-Ingredient Cake Chocolate Corn Free Easy Hot Chocolate Maraschino Cherries Microwavable Mug
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  2. November 21, 2014

    thanks for helping me find stuff

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

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


  3. Liz
    April 22, 2015

    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!!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 1, 2015

      haha :) Enjoy Liz!

  4. Jose
    June 4, 2015

    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…. :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 5, 2015

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

  5. Steph Mueller
    September 8, 2016

    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.

  6. Fatima Mookhtiar
    April 7, 2020

    Such a life saver!! My son was being super whiny and insisted on eating some chocolate cake. Don’t blame him as we all are exhausted of being stuck at home. So I promised to make him a chocolate cake. But then was too tired to do the cleaning up after. This mug cake is not only easy, but is as close as it gets to baking a proper cake. Topped it off with some Nutella and Voila!! Thank you for sharing this! X

    1. Gluten Free & More
      April 7, 2020

      Thanks, Fatima! So glad to have helped you out during these crazy times. And Nutella on top sounds lovely :)

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