Gluten Free Chocolate Cake in Under 5 mins!

Happy Chocolate Cake Day everybody!!

Now I bet some of you are probably thinking this isn’t possible and I must admit, if someone had told me I could make a gluten free chocolate cake in under 5 minutes, I’d have thought they were pulling my leg too!

But I can assure you guys and gals, it’s possible!

I’d seen these recipes before for cake in a cup. That’s right – a frickin’ cake in a cup! However, the reason I had never even attempted to make it was because I assumed it was some kind of sorcery or it wouldn’t taste right!

But come last night, I was absolutely starving and quite fancied some chocolate cake, but because it was so late in the night and I couldn’t be bothered to start messing about with mixing bowls, spoons, whisks, cake tins and then waiting around for it to bake, I thought I wouldn’t be having any chocolate cake that night at all! Till I remembered about cake in a cup recipes!

So following a recipe I’d seen here, I decided to make my own cake in a cup and waiting 3 minutes for it to be blasted in the microwave, my little gluten free chocolate cake was ready….

… and you know what, it tasted really, really nice! All right, so it wouldn’t pass any chocolate cake competition and wouldn’t go down well with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood [from the Great British Bake Off], but for a cake to take just under 5 minutes to prepare and cook in a microwave – it tasted blooming marvellous!

So if you’ve got the munchies or wanting a midnight chocolate fix and you can’t be bothered with faffing about with weighing scales and mixing bowls, they try my Gluten Free Chocolate Cake in a CUP!


  1. 4 tablespoons of Sugar
  2. 4 tablespoons of Gluten Free Self Raising Flour [I used Doves]
  3. 2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  4. 1 egg
  5. 3 tablespoons of Oil
  6. 3 tablespoons of Milk
  7. Small drop of Vanilla Extract



  1.  In a cup, add all the dry ingredients [sugar, flour, cocoa powder] and mix together 
  2. Add the the egg, oil, milk and vanilla extract  and mix together 
  3. Pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes on full power 
  4. After 3 minutes, carefully take the cup out and using a spoon, gently ease the cake out of the cup and onto a plate [or just eat it whilst it’s still in the cup!] 


  1. I have never in my entire life heard of chocolate cake in a cup! I am moving house soon and am trying to use up all the ingredients in my cupboards! However, my oven has packed up, so no baking!! I saw you blog on Fb and thought I would try it – just like that! It is absolutely amazing! It is almost like a chocolate sponge pudding and would be marvelous with cream and melted chocolate as a dessert!!! I used an oversized mug and my microwave is 850w. It did spill over quite a bit, but it was all cooked properly and is deliciously spongey!!!!! Thanks, Helen

    1. Hey Helen 😀
      So glad you enjoyed the chocolate cake in a cup! I must admit, I was really sceptical at first but was pleasantly surprised when it came out pretty much tasting like a real cake 😀 Great for if you want a choc fix.. or if your ovens packed in too [hope you get that fixed soon!] Will def try adding melted chocolate or cream/ice cream when I next make it 😀
      Saara x

      1. hi saara! I made this little gem again the other day but used ground almonds instead of cocoa, as i am not a huge fan of choc cake (i know, how can that be?). It was delicious served with squirty strawberry syrup and whipped double cream! Well, it was the weekend! Helen xxx

        1. hey you!
          hahaha can’t believe you’re not a chocolate cake fan 😉 but wow, I’m gonna have to try this recipe with the ground almonds – it sounds delicious, especially with the strawberry syrup and double cream mmmmm, infact might have to do it today 😀 xxxx

  2. Heyy!
    I came across this whilst trying to find a little recipe to put in to a section of my Home Economics coursework, & I was rather sceptical! However, this is lovelyy! I am sat here muching on cake! Thanks 😀
    Hannah X

    1. Hey 😀
      Awww so glad you like it Hannah! It’s great for when you just fancy a chocolate cake but just can’t be bothered with getting all the utensils out and then waiting forever for it to bake 😀 x

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