Chocolate cake in 3 MINUTES!? We’ve got you covered. This chocolate mug cake is rich, FLUFFY, and studded with melty chocolate chips. Bonus? No one will guess it’s vegan, gluten-free, and SO easy to make! 

With just 1 mug and 3 simple ingredients, you’re about to be cozy on your couch with your new favorite single-serving dessert. Let’s make cake!

Chocolate cake mix, water, avocado oil, vanilla, and chocolate chips

How to Make a Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake

This seriously easy chocolate cake requires 3 simple ingredients: 1) avocado oil (or melted coconut oil), 2) vanilla extract, and 3) our Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix. Stir them together with water in your favorite mug.

Stirring together chocolate cake mix and wet ingredients in a mug

Next, add chocolate chips, which are optional but recommended for richness and melty goodness! Then send it into the microwave for 1 minute.

Stirring dairy-free chocolate chips into chocolate cake batter

Microwaves will vary a bit in how quickly they cook, so check the cake after a minute and add a little extra time if needed! You’ll know your mug cake is done when the center looks and feels set. Then it’s time to top with vanilla ice cream and shaved dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, or hot fudge and dig in!

Overflowing mug of chocolate cake

We hope you LOVE this (vegan + gluten-free) chocolate mug cake! It’s:

& SO fast!

It’s perfect for date nights in, using up the rest of the bag of chocolate cake mix (after making protein muffins!), and everything in between.

More Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

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Shaved dark chocolate falling onto a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a chocolate mug cake

Prep Time 2 minutes

Cook Time 1 minute

Total Time 3 minutes

Servings 1 (generous serving)

Course Dessert

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? Best when fresh

  • To a 10-oz. (or larger) mug or ramekin, add the water, oil, vanilla, and Minimalist Baker Chocolate Cake + Cupcake Mix. Stir with a fork to fully incorporate. Option to stir in chocolate chips for richness.

  • Microwave for 1 minute then check to see if the center is set; if not, microwave for another 15 seconds (it could take up to 1 minute 30 seconds total if using a less powerful microwave). Once done, let the cake cool for 3-5 minutes before enjoying. This mug cake is best eaten warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  • Best when fresh. Because of the microwaving, the cake becomes hard once fully cooled.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Serving: 1 mug cake Calories: 443 Carbohydrates: 54.1 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 25.8 g Saturated Fat: 8.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 350 mg Potassium: 287 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 34.1 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 82 mg Iron: 4.2 mg