GF Chocolate Cake in a Cup!

Behold! Gluten-free chocolate cake you can make in a coffee mug? We’re sold! This recipe comes from Carol Fenster’s new cookbook Gluten Free Cooking For Two. Get excited… the cookbook officially publishes on April 4th and is perfect for one and two-person households. Be sure to check out one of our other favorites by Carol, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes.

Anyway, back to the cake! This recipe is quick, tasty, cute & makes two servings.


  • 1/3 cup Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed)
  • ¹/8 teaspoon (dash) baking powder
  • ¹/8 teaspoon (dash) salt
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or chocolate syrup, for garnish


  1. Generously grease 2 shallow, microwave-safe 6-ounce (¾-cup) coffee cups. (My coffee cups are 3¼ inches in diameter and 2¼ inches high. The batter may spill over the edge during baking if you use a smaller cup.)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour blend, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt until well blended, and then whisk in the egg, oil, water, and vanilla until smooth. The batter will be soft. Divide the batter between the two coffee cups and place the cups on saucers or plates to catch any drips.
  3. Microwave on medium-high (70%) power for 50 to 60 seconds. The cakes are done when they look firm and are no longer shiny on top. They will continue to cook after they are out of the microwave. The cooking time may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave oven. Cool slightly before eating right out of the cup, dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with chocolate syrup — or both!

Makes 2 cakes. Per cake: 335 calories; 5g protein; 17g total fat; 3g fiber; 42g carbohydrates; 94mg cholesterol; 215mg sodium

Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend

  • 1 ½ cups brown rice flour (or sorghum flour)
  • 1 ½ cups potato starch
  • 1 cup tapioca flour

Whisk together until thoroughly blended. Store, tightly covered, in a dark, dry place for up to 3 months.

Text excerpted from GLUTEN-FREE COOKING FOR TWO ©2017 by Carol Fenster. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photography by Tom Hirschfeld.



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