Chocolate Lava Mug Cake (gluten free and vegan)
Mug cakes exist so we can have an elegant and delicious dessert in record time. This cake is gloriously chocolaty and fudgy, totally decadent. The chocolate ganache center creates the perfect lava although you could totally toss in some chocolate chips if you prefer (they will not ooze but they will melt). Give it a try, add some spices (like cinnamon) or another mix in (like a nut butter), it's kinda hard to mess up...just don't burn it...
(this recipe makes 2 mug cakes)
3 oz chocolate chips
¼ cup warm dairy free milk (I use coconut)
¼ cup gluten free flour
pinch of xanthan gum (if not in your flour blend)
2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder*
¼ tsp baking soda
3 - 4 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup warm milk coffee (or just milk)
2 tbs coconut oil
½ tsp vinegar
Drop or 2 of vanilla extract
*If you are using dutch processed cocoa powder (it's usually extra dark), use ½ tsp baking powder
Either on the stove stop or in the microwave warm the milk. Pour the warm milk over the chocolate chips and let it sit for about 1 minute. Stir the mix until the chocolate dissolves, and the ganache is smooth. Set it aside to cool, the mixture will thicken. You could also cool it in the refrigerator, generally for less than 5 minutes. The ganche is ready when it is somewhat firm
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
Add the milk, coconut oil, vinegar and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and mix until there are no lumps. Add more liquid very slowly if the batter needs thinning
This recipe makes 2 cakes and you can use any mug or ramekin once it is microwave safe (I used a 4 oz ramekin). If you want to turn out the cake unto a plate when it is finished baking, prepare the mug or ramekin as you would for a regular cake. For me that is done by greasing the dish and then dusting it with flour
To get the lava center, spoon some of the batter, about a tablespoon or so, into each mug. Add a dollop of the ganache (½ tbsp) in the middle of the batter. Then finally spoon in the rest of the batter on top. If you have leftover ganache save it, I'm sure you will find a way to use it!
Bake each cake separately in the microwave for about 50 seconds. Remove from the microwave carefully and enjoy.
Chocolate chips, nuts, nut butter, all make great add-ins