Easy and Delicious Spice Cake in a Mug Recipe -- Gluten Free and Vegan Options, Allergy Friendly

Gluten free spice cake in a mug on left, gluten full on right

This recipe wins absolutely no prizes for beauty, but it is deserving of nearly every other prize. 
This morning I was heading out to a get together with friends, where coffee and cake are usually served, and since I don't eat gluten (or drink coffee) I usually eat nothing or try to bring along my own thing. After sending my kids off to school this morning, I had a little extra time so decided to make myself something gluten free, egg free, and dairy free to bring along. I have a recipe for such a chocolate cake in a mug (that I haven't shared yet, since I'm still tweaking it) but I couldn't find my cocoa powder, so decided to go with spice cake instead.

It came out amazing, absolutely unbelievable.

Super easy too, no mess, and ready in just a few minutes.

You cook this in the microwave and it's exactly one serving.

After I made mine, I made a gluten full version for Lee to have. He also loved it.

I shared mine with someone who came to this get together whose kid is allergic to so many things but this recipe doesn't have most of the common allergens, so it's super exciting.

While I didn't make mine vegan, since I used honey, it can just as easily be vegan if you use maple syrup or jaggery syrup as the sweetener.

Basically, if you like spice cake, try this one out. It's worth it! And takes less than 10 minutes from when you even had the idea to be able to eat this.

Easy and Delicious Spice Cake in a Mug Recipe -- Gluten Free and Vegan Options, Allergy Friendly

4 tablespoons rice flour AND 2 tablespoons corn, potato, or tapioca starch AND 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum OR 6 tablespoons gluten free all purpose flour mix or 4 tablespoons gluten/wheat flour
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons oil of choice
4 tablespoons water
Scant 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, jaggery syrup, etc...
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon dried or fresh minced/grated ginger
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mug, making sure there's no clumps. I recommend first adding the dry stuff and then the oil and then the sweetener because then you can use the same measuring cup/spoon for everything, and the oil helps the sticky sweetener slip out.

2. Microwave for 4 minutes if making it gluten free or 3 minutes if making it with gluten.

3. Eat it with a spoon straight from the cup. Top it with a scoop of ice cream if you want, to make it even more perfect.


Have you ever heard of making cake in a mug? Done it? Eaten it? What type of cake was it? Does this look like a recipe you'd try, either gluten free or with gluten? 
Are you a fan of spice cake in general?
What is your favorite sweet/snack/dessert recipe to make when you're very short on time?

Penniless Parenting

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  1. While I admire your realness in your blog posts, might I suggest a quick swipe of the inner rim of the mugs? Just a little fast and low effort and you'll have a recipe photo that is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. :)

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