GF Chocolate Mug Cake
I don't know about you, but I have been working really hard at not buying unnecessary snacks during this stay-at-home order. I have also been trying to stay busy since I tend to eat out of boredom--so extra snacks in the house and boredom are a bad combo here!
That being said, sometimes you just want a little something to make it all better but you don't want to make an entire cake (or go to that much effort)! So mug cake takes care of all of that...you have to put in a little effort and therefore have to be in the mood for cake, but it is easy enough to make. Also, a mug-sized cake ensures that you don't eat two slices a day until an entire cake is gone and throw yourself into a depression because you are bound to gain a few pounds due to your lack of discipline--or maybe that is just me...
Gluten-free baking can be tough. Gluten-free baking in the microwave can be even more challenging! If you are going to go to the effort to make a cake you want that cake to turn out fluffy and moist and not gummy or dry (which is often the case with GF baked goods). It took me some trial and error, but I think I have managed to get a good cake from my microwave!
A few tips:
Make sure that you mix the batter well. Don't leave try bits of flour on the bottom of the cup.
Choose your mug carefully. The oversized mugs work great for this! The bowl-like shape makes it easier to mix and it tends to cook better.
You have to let it cool! Be patient or you will burn your mouth. Your cake will come out super hot and therefore will continue cooking, so...
Don't worry if the middle doesn't look perfectly done. It will firm up some as it cools, and you don't want to overcook it and get a chewy mess. (Plus it is vegan, so no worries eating a little batter!)
This recipe can be made with regular flour.
GF Chocolate Mug Cake
PREP TIME 5 | COOK TIME 2 | TOTAL TIME 7
2 Tbl Gluten-Free flour
2 Tbl Sugar
1 3/4 Tbl Unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of Salt (tiny and optional)
1 tsp Oil or melted butter
1/6 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Vinegar
3 Tbl Water or milk
1 drop Vanilla (optional)
1 Tbl Chocolate Chips or peanut butter
Add all the dry ingredients to a mug. Stir to combine. Then add all the remaining ingredients (except for chocolate chips or peanut butter). Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
Add the chocolate chips or drop in the peanut butter.
Microwave at 70% power for 60-90 seconds. (Every microwave is different so start off with 60 seconds and add more time if needed.)
Allow to cool before eating.
You know that annoying mug that comes out of the microwave blazing hot, the one you avoid when making tea? I have found that is the best one to use! I think it helps distribute the heat evenly. Use that one for this recipe!