Gluten Free Red Velvet Mug Cake

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Moist gluten free red velvet mug cake with cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make, you only have one dirty mug. Sweet, velvety cake with hints of cocoa and vanilla, this red velvet mug cake gets you your red velvet fix in less than 5 minutes!

Moist gluten-free red velvet mug cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make in the microwave!

If you haven’t already figured it out, I LOVE Red Velvet. So far I’ve shared recipes for Red Velvet Fudge, Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes, Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake Pops, and now this Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake here on Flippin’ Delicious. I also have a recipe for Gluten-Free Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies in The Essential Gluten-Free Cookie Guide.

I LOVE Red Velvet.

Moist gluten-free red velvet mug cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make in the microwave!

The only thing better than red velvet cake, is almost instant red velvet cake. Read this recipe and in 5 minutes you can be eating warm, moist, sweet gluten-free red velvet mug cake. And with just a dirty mug!

If you want to be fancy you could mix up the batter in a small bowl, grease your mug, and then pour the batter into the mug before popping it in the microwave. But I think that is too much work, and you are just going to eat it out of the mug with a spoon anyways.

Don’t you love me? Now you can satiate your red velvet cravings instantaneously!

Moist gluten-free red velvet mug cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make in the microwave!

If you make the frosting it will take you a little bit longer than 5 minutes. But is is worth it. Smooth, creamy cream cheese frosting. To me it is an essential part of the red velvet experience.

You could also use a store-bought cream cheese frosting (just make sure to read the ingredients to make sure it is gluten-free.)

A light dusting of powdered sugar would be nice too.

If you skip the frosting and use a dairy-free milk, you have yourself a dairy-free red velvet mug cake!

Moist gluten-free red velvet mug cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make in the microwave!

Now I know that a traditional red velvet cake is made with vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reaction gives the batter a reddish hue, which is partially where it gets the name, “red velvet”. I use baking powder and no vinegar in this recipe for ease and convenience. My full batch of gluten-free red velvet cake uses just a half teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of vinegar. Cutting that down to just a mug-full of cake would be tricky. So this recipe isn’t quite as traditional so that you can get your cake quicker.

Adapted from Microwave Chocolate Cake for 1 from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake
 
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Moist gluten-free red velvet mug cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. It takes just minutes to make, you only have one dirty mug. Sweet, velvety cake with hints of cocoa and vanilla, this red velvet mug cake gets you your red velvet fix in less than 5 minutes!
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Serves: 1 mug cake
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake
  • 5½ tablespoons gum-free all-purpose gluten-free flour blend (I used my rice flour blend)
  • 1½ teaspoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons milk (dairy, or dairy-free)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 oz butter, softened
  • 6 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
Instructions
For the Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake
  1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large, slightly heavier, mug.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Microwave for 60 seconds. Test with a toothpick in the center to see if it comes out clean, if it doesn't microwave for another 15-20 seconds. It may still be batter-y around the edges but that is ok thanks to the wonder that is carry-over cooking!
  4. Let cool slightly before enjoying.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and the milk, beat at low speed until combines, and then at a higher speed for about 3-5 minutes.
Notes
My microwave is 1000 watts. If your microwave is higher-powered you will want to reduce the cook time or the power so you don't over cook it.

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Comments

  1. Laura says

    Yum! Looking forward to making. However, I had to throw out my food dyes because they were not GF. What brand do you use?

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Hi Laura,
      I used McCormick. I didn’t see any gluten-containing ingredients on the label, but I didn’t call the manufacturer to make sure there were no chances of cross contamination. I haven’t had a reactions, but I don’t get a strong reaction to cross contamination. I hope that is helpful. 🙂

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      I am sorry it didn’t turn out for you Haley. I have made this recipe several times (and tested it extensively during recipe development.) What wattage is your microwave? Did you make any recipe substitutions? What gluten-free flour did you use? I would love to help you figure out what went wrong so that you can enjoy the same Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake that I did.

  2. moiquila says

    Notice that there is no egg in your mug cake recipe. Is that an omission? Thanks for sharing gf recipes Brianna

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Hello! No that is not an omission. Mug cakes are so small it would be a pain for the recipe to include 1/8th of an egg (or something like that.) Also mug cakes are *usually* eaten right away while still warm (at least when I am around), so the structure that the egg brings isn’t so important. No egg for this recipe!

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