Gluten-free mug cake is light, fluffy, and moist and takes under 10 minutes to make! Next time you’re craving cake, try this easy recipe!

Craving cake but don’t want leftovers for days? You’ve in the right place! This easy recipe has all of the instructions you need to make a perfectly satisfying mug cake, every time.

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Do you ever get a late-night hankering for a sweet treat? If so, you’re not alone! Sometimes I’m in the mood for a little dessert, but I don’t want to go all out making a big batch of cookies or layer cake.

In those circumstances, this gluten-free mug cake is the perfect solution!

I love that this cake comes in an individual portion size and only takes a mug and a few seconds to make. No piles of dirty dishes. No leftovers to tempt you. And (almost) no prep time!

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For more gluten-free cake recipes try this gluten-free vanilla cake, gluten-free birthday cake and gluten-free chocolate cake. Check out my full collection of gluten-free cake recipes!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Light and fluffy
  • Comes together in seconds
  • Individual portion size
  • Moist and tender crumb

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are a few more notes on the key ingredients in this mug cake recipe. If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave me a comment below!

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  • Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour: This gluten-free cake turns out best when you use a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free flour blend. Look for a gluten free all purpose flour blend that contains xanthan gum so the cake has the structure it needs. This is my favorite brand for this recipe.
  • Oil: Oil adds richness and tenderness to the cake without weighing down the crumb.
  • Baking Powder: I use a good amount in this recipe for the perfect rise.
  • Egg yolk: One egg yolk is the perfect amount to produce a moist gluten-free cake that has some structure.

How to Make Gluten-Free Mug Cake

A mug cake with a spoon whisking the wet ingredients, and a mug cake with the dry ingredients in a bowl next to the mug
  • Lightly grease an 8-ounce mug with cooking spray.
  • Add almond milk (or another dairy-free milk), egg yolk, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and sugar to the mug. Using a fork or small whisk, mix to evenly combine. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, salt and baking powder.
A mug cake with the batter and a spoon, and a mug cake after microwaving it
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk to combine. Stir in the sprinkles.
  • Microwave for 90-100 seconds at 70-80% power (adjusting as needed depending on the heat/power of your microwave).
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, if desired. Now enjoy the whole thing, guilt free!

Gluten-Free Mug Cake Topping Ideas

Feel free to customize this quick dessert any way you want! You can easily add your favorite mix-ins or toppings. Here are a few ideas to inspire you!

  • Chocolate chips
  • Fresh berries
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice cream
  • Whipped cream

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Every microwave is different, so it’s hard to say exactly how long to cook your funfetti cake. Start at 70-80 seconds the first time, and then add on time from there if you need it!
  • The cake usually takes a minute or two to completely set, so let it cool off before eating.
  • It’s best to remove the cake from the microwave earlier than you’d expect, because you want the cake to be a little softer in the middle, and it will continue to cook as it cools!

FAQs

Why are mug cakes rubbery?

If your gluten-free mug cake recipes result in rubbery or gummy cake, you my have overcooked the mug cake. Ere on the side of undercooking the cake. It can take some trial and error to get the timing right!

Can you put mug cakes in a bowl?

Yes, this mug recipe can be placed in a bowl rather than a coffee mug, if you prefer!

Are microwave mug cakes safe?

Yes, microwave mug cakes are completely safe to eat, as long as you microwave the cake long enough to cook the flour and egg.

A mug cake with a spoon scooping into the mug

More Gluten-Free Cake Recipes

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try this mug cake, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Gluten-Free Funfetti Mug Cake

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Servings 1 serving
Gluten-free funfetti vanilla mug cake is one of the best quick, individual treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. You'll love this light, fluffy, and moist cake recipe!
Craving gluten-free cake? You're in the right place! This easy recipe has all of the instructions you need to make a delicious gluten-free mug cake in under 10 minutes!

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Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup almond or milk of choice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 50 grams

Dry Ingredients:

Instructions 

  • Lightly grease an 8-ounce mug with cooking spray. Add almond milk, egg yolk, vanilla, vegetable oil and sugar to the mug. Using a fork or small whisk, mix to evenly combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk to combine. Stir in the sprinkles.
  • Microwave for 90-100 seconds at 70-80% power (adjusting as needed depending on the heat/power of your microwave). Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Notes
  • Every microwave is different, so it’s hard to say exactly how long to cook your funfetti cake. Start at 70-80 seconds the first time, and then add on time from there if you need it!
  • The cake usually takes a minute or two to completely set, so let it cool off before eating.
  • It’s best to remove the cake from the microwave earlier than you’d expect, because you want the cake to be a little softer in the middle, and it will continue to cook as it cools!

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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