On Father’s Day, my husband asked for “something sweet.” And after I looked through lots of recipe books, and asked him “What about this? What about that?” He finally told me, “One of those mug cakes you do in the microwave would work just fine. I didn’t mean anything complicated.” So I made us mug cakes.

The next night, he asked for another mug cake. Of course, I wanted one too. But instead of mixing up two separate ones, I decided to see if I could make a quick microwave cake that was several servings. It’s quicker than preheating the oven, and waiting however many minutes for the cake to bake, and it worked great. We ate it with homemade raspberry sauce leftover from Saturday’s waffle breakfast.


Grain-Free Gluten-Free Microwave Chocolate Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, or xylitol
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. Mix all of the ingredients well, until batter is smooth. I mixed right in the pie dish.
  2. Microwave about 4-6 minutes or until risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Frost or serve with freshly whipped cream, fresh fruit, or warm fruit sauce.


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  1. I’m new to grain-free, gluten-free, and low carb. The hardest part was finding food for my picky self. I’m glad i found your blog. I frequently use my co-workers as guinea pigs and i wanted to know how many servings your microwave cake made so i can make one for work.

    • So glad you found me too! The microwave cake is about a pie dish size… so depending on how piggy everyone is… 6 or 8 slices is pretty doable. (But my husband and I usually go back for seconds.)

  2. What size pie dish did you use?

  3. You had me at microwave! Now i know what I can use my almond flour for that’s fast and easy!

  4. […] rich and very easy to make. Just mix and microwave! This is an adaptation from Emily’s recipe at Joyful Abode. She sure knows her sweets! I’m so glad she posted this because my husband is headed to New […]

  5. i used a gf baking mix and came out pretty well.

    thanks for the recipe.

  6. Do you think you could use coconut flour instead of almond?

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