Gluten Free Vanilla Mug Cake: How To

Last Updated on June 27, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at how to make a gluten free vanilla mug cake. Mug cakes are quick and convenient…but typically not gluten-free. It’s really frustrating as they make for the perfect evening treat. But we’ve got you covered! Mug cake is super easy to make gluten-free. And we’re going to be taking a look at how to make a gluten-free vanilla mug cake, and a chocolate chip vanilla mug cake (this one’s more like a cookie – but just as delicious!).

What Is A Mug Cake?

It may not sound too appealing – but a mug cake is literally a cake, that’s been made in a mug. Unlike traditional cakes, it’s usually made in a microwave and is ready in under five minutes. This quick and easy cake has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not difficult to see why.

What Is A Mug Cake

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Is Mug Cake Gluten Free?

The typical mug cake that you’ll find in your local grocery store is highly unlikely to be gluten-free. This is because wheat flour is usually the most common ingredient in any cake; mug cake included. For this reason, it may be best to make your own gluten-free mug cakes at home.

Ingredients In Gluten Free Vanilla Mug Cake

The ingredients for a mug cake can differ depending on which recipe you’re using. However, our recipe uses the following:

  • all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vegetable oil
  • milk vanilla extract
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • sprinkles

Gluten Free Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

The first recipe we’re looking at is inspired by one from Gluten-Free Baking. If you’re looking for a traditional mug cake, with a funfetti twist – this is most definitely the mug cake for you!

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The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

for the cake:

  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • sprinkles

for the frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of milk


Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Make the Batter

Grab a large mug and spray the inside of the mug with cooking spray. Now add the all-purpose gluten-free flour, sugar, and baking powder to the mug. Mix well. Then add your oil, egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Combine the ingredients together using a fork. Once you have a smooth batter, you can add a pinch of sprinkles into your batter if you wish. Give one last stir.

Step 2: Microwave

Place the mug into your microwave and place it on high for around 60-90 seconds, depending on how soft you like your mug cake. The top of the cake should begin to appear dry. Leave to cool before eating. You can add whipped cream if you don’t have time to frost.

Step 3: Frost

Add the butter and sugar to a bowl and mix well. Pour in the milk and beat until you have a light and fluffy frosting. Place the frosting onto the once it’s cool. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Mug Cake Recipe

This next recipe is perfect for any chocolate lover. It’s inspired by Gluten-Free Palate and only has 8 ingredients!


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips


Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Make the Batter

Grab a large mug and add your butter and sugar. Place in the microwave for around 30 seconds to ensure the butter and sugar are melted. Remove from the microwave and add the vanilla, yolk, and salt. Mix well. Once combined, add the flour and mix again. Once smooth, add the chocolate chips and ensure they’re evenly distributed.

Step 2: Microwave

Depending on how soft you’d like your chocolate chip cookie cake, heat for around 45-60 seconds. It’s best for the mug cake to be overdone, as it’s simple to put back in the microwave if it’s still too soft.

Step 3: Serve

Serve as is, or with whipped cream or ice cream on the top. Enjoy!

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I hope this article has helped you to learn how to make a gluten-free vanilla mug cake. It may take a few times to perfect – my first few attempts were an absolute disaster! However, once you get it right, it’s absolutely delicious and so easy to make in the evenings.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making gluten-free mug cakes? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


How Do You Make a Gluten Free Cake Mix Taste Homemade?

The easiest way to do so is to add flavorings. Whether it be a dash of vanilla extract, a spoonful of instant espresso, a zest of a lemon...or even a pinch of salt. All of these ideas will enhance the flavor of the cake. And if that fails? Glaze or frost your cake! That makes everything taste better.

Why is my Gluten-Free Cake so Dense?

If your cake is ending up too dense, this is likely because you haven't mixed the batter well enough before baking. If you have a stand mixer, it's always best to use that for best results.

Does Vanilla Extract Have Gluten?

Vanilla and vanilla extract do not typically contain any gluten ingredients. However, if you're unsure, check the ingredients labels of anything you're purchasing as this will always have the most up to date information. 

Can You Doctor Up a Gluten Free Cake Mix?

Absolutely! You can doctor up anything. One of the best ways to do this is to add a packet of vanilla or chocolate pudding mix to the dry gluten free cake mix. I've always found this has amazing results - and the tastiest cakes!