Gluten Free Cake in a Cup Recipe – Ready to Eat in Two Minutes


Here’s one for the busy people out there and a must have for your recipe arsenal. Not only is it delicious, it doesn’t compromise on healthy.

This lovely cake in a cup is quick and easy. It is one serving size and always tastes like more.

Prepackage the dry ingredients and make it when the moment strikes, between homeschooling lessons (you can even do it as a lesson) or whip it up at coffee break – crack an egg, add some liquid, chuck it in the microwave for two minutes and voila.

Dessert in a cup that is done after two minutes is a huge hit in my books. Baking a cake is (these days) an annoyance and I don’t want to be stuffing my face with cake all day, which is precisely what I would do. So this lovely, small portioned taste of heaven is the right fit.

My young children easily whipped up the ingredients and loved the idea of having a cake in a cup.

Kudos to The Iron You blog for developing this paleo dessert.

The original recipe calls for coconut oil or coconut butter. Personally, I skip this ingredient and save the coconut oil for grilling vegetables. I find the cake is more dense and just as moist without the extra oil. It also calls for coconut flour but any gluten free flour you have around will basically do the trick.

I use Cloud 9 gluten free flour mix (sold at Costco). The taste of coconut flour is certainly an acquired one so I rarely use it in gluten free baking. You could always just use all purpose flour if you don’t have any dietary , it works great too.

Now, go forth and push that 2 minute microwave button.

Let them eat cake!


2 tablespoons of coconut flour (or Cloud 9 mix)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

pinch of fine grain sea salt

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of cardamom

1/2 teaspoon of baking power (add the baking powder last)

1 egg

2 tablespoons of milk (almond, coconut)

1  1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How To

1. Mix all ingredients in coffee cup, adding the baking powder last.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes.

3. Pour maple syrup on top and sprinkle with hemp and chia seeds.

The original recipe includes icing. I enjoy the maple syrup, nuts, seeds and even some melted dark chocolate shavings on top.  Make it your own.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. tayonthemove says:

    I’m always looking for cake in a cup recipes. Maybe I will try this one out too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Jane Grueber says:

      Please try it and let me know.

      Liked by 1 person

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