Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake

My Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake bakes in less than 2 minutes in the microwave! It’s gluten-free with almond flour and topped with a fresh cherry sauce and whipped cream. It’s the perfect romantic dessert for two for Valentine’s Day or an indulgent single-serving to satisfy a chocolate craving or sweet tooth any day of the week.

Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake on a kitchen counter.

My Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake bakes in less than 2 minutes in the microwave! This easy, chocolate cherry cake is made gluten-free with almond flour and topped with a fresh cherry sauce and whipped cream. It’s the perfect romantic dessert for two for Valentine’s Day or an indulgent single-serving to satisfy a chocolate craving or sweet tooth any day of the week. And the best part is it’s made with clean, natural ingredients but has all the rich chocolate flavor of a traditional black forest cake.

Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Mini Cake Recipe

  • You only need a few major ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake on a kitchen counter.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make gluten-free cherry chocolate mug cakes:

Egg: This recipe relies on eggs for lift and texture. I do not recommend replacing it with a flax egg.

Almond Flour: Instead of almond flour, you can use gluten-free flour blends like rice flour, coconut flour, or a combination of both.

Maple Syrup: Substitute with honey, agave nectar, or your favorite liquid sweetener.

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You can also use cacao powder or dark chocolate cocoa powder for a deep dark chocolate cake.

Light Olive Oil: You can use other gluten-free oils like coconut oil or vegetable oil.

Baking Powder: Ensure the baking powder is labeled gluten-free. 

Vanilla Extract: You can omit or replace with 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract

Apple Cider Vinegar: The use of apple cider vinegar is optional but can add a subtle tanginess to the cake. If you’re not a fan, feel free to omit it.

Mini Chocolate Chips: Choose gluten-free mini chocolate chips or chop up a gluten-free chocolate bar into small pieces. You can also use chocolate shavings.

Sweet Cherries: You can use fresh cherries or frozen cherries or replace them with any berry, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. You can also use maraschino cherries.

Lemon Juice: You can omit or replace it with lime or orange juice.

Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake on a kitchen counter.

How to Make My Gluten-Free Black Forest Mug Cake Recipe

Step 1: Make the Mug Cake Batter

In a small bowl, add the wet ingredients, including the egg, maple syrup, light olive oil, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk until combined.

Then, add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

Mug cake ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Microwave the Mug Cake

Lightly spray the inside of your mug with non-stick spray. Pour in half the mug cake batter and then sprinkle in half of the mini chocolate chips. Pour in the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining chips on top.

Microwave the mug on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes or until the cake has risen and is set in the middle. Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave, so keep an eye on it.

Carefully remove the mug from the microwave (it will be hot), and allow it to cool on the counter.

Add mini chocolate chips to a mug.

Step 3: Make the Cherry Sauce

In a small saucepan, combine cherries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.

Cook the cherry mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherries release their juices and the sauce thickens slightly. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.

Once the cherry sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes

Adding tapioca starch to fruit sauce.
Fruit sauce in a pan.

Step 4: Assemble the Mini Mug Cake

You can leave the cake in the mug or remove it and cut it in half to create two servings. 

Spoon the cherry sauce over the chocolate mug cake. 

Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Garnish with additional cherries, mini chocolate chips or grated chocolate.

Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake on a kitchen counter.

Cherry Chocolate Mini Mug Cake with Almond Flour Recipe Notes

Cake Sweetness Level: If you prefer a sweeter cake, add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the batter before microwaving.

Cherry Sauce Thickness: You can omit the tapioca starch if you prefer a thinner sauce. Or, you can simmer the sauce longer if you prefer to have it thicker.

Fresh vs. Frozen Cherries: Both fresh and frozen cherries work well for the sauce. If frozen, the sauce will be slightly thinner from the excess moisture. You can add 1/2 teaspoon more of tapioca starch to thicken if desired.

Cake Serving: Once the mug and cake have cooled, you can layer the cake and enjoy it in the mug as a single serving. Or, you can remove the cake from the mug, cut it in half, and add the sauce, whipped cream, and cherries and enjoy two servings. 

Whip Cream: You can make homemade whipped cream with heavy whipping cream or coconut cream. For a more finished look, you can use a piping bag to add the cream to the top of the cake. 

Refrigeration: If you have any leftovers of the mug cake or cherry sauce, store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Freezing: While mug cakes are best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze the cake (without the cherry sauce) for longer storage. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag. Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy the frozen mug cake, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the microwave for a short time to warm it up.

Cherry Sauce Freezing: The cherry sauce may lose some texture upon freezing, but it can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator and gently reheat before use. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray and then one cube at a time when needed.

How do I make a mini-cake with the mug cake?
You cook the cake in the mug, wait for it to cool to room temperature, and then remove it from the mug. Then, you can slice it to create layers of dark chocolate cake. You can slice it thin to get multiple cake layers like a traditional layered cake.

Can I use a different flour in place of almond flour?
Yes, you can substitute almond flour with gluten-free flour blends like rice flour, coconut flour, or a combination of both in my gluten-free black forest cake recipe.

How long should I microwave the mug cake?
Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave’s wattage. Start with 1.5 to 2 minutes and adjust as needed until the cake is set.

Can I make the cherry compote ahead of time?
Yes, the cherry sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat it before serving.

Is it necessary to use fresh cherries, or can I use frozen ones?
Both fresh and frozen cherries work well for the sauce. If using frozen, ensure they are thawed before cooking.

What else can I use in place of the cherry compote?
You can use a sugar free cherry jam or jelly, sweet cherry filling, or cherry pie filling from the grocery store.

Do you love cherries? Check out more of my easy and healthier cherry recipes:

Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake on a kitchen counter.

Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
My Gluten-Free Cherry Chocolate Black Forest Mug Cake bakes in less than 2 minutes in the microwave! It's gluten-free with almond flour and topped with a fresh cherry sauce and whipped cream. It's the perfect romantic dessert for two for Valentine's Day or an indulgent single-serving to satisfy a chocolate craving or sweet tooth any day of the week. 
5 from 2 votes
Servings 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Mug Cake:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil (light olive oil is my fave)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Cherry Sauce:

  • 1 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash salt

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, add the wet ingredients, including the egg, maple syrup, light olive oil, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk until combined.
    Then, add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
  • Lightly spray the inside of your mug with non-stick spray. Pour in half the mug cake batter and then sprinkle in half of the mini chocolate chips. Pour in the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining chips on top.
    Microwave the mug on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes or until the cake has risen and is set in the middle. Cooking times may vary depending on your microwave, so keep an eye on it.
    Carefully remove the mug from the microwave (it will be hot), and allow it to cool on the counter.
  • In a small saucepan, combine cherries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.
    Cook the cherry mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherries release their juices and the sauce thickens slightly. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
    Once the cherry sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes
  • You can leave the cake in the mug or remove it and cut it in half to create two servings. 
    Spoon the cherry sauce over the chocolate mug cake. 
    Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
    Garnish with additional cherries, mini chocolate chips or grated chocolate.

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Notes

Cake Sweetness Level: If you prefer a sweeter cake, add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the batter before microwaving.
Cherry Sauce Thickness: You can omit the tapioca starch if you prefer a thinner sauce. Or, you can simmer the sauce longer if you prefer to have it thicker.
Fresh vs. Frozen Cherries: Both fresh and frozen cherries work well for the sauce. If frozen, the sauce will be slightly thinner from the excess moisture. You can add 1/2 teaspoon more of tapioca starch to thicken if desired.
Cake Serving: Once the mug and cake have cooled, you can layer the cake and enjoy it in the mug as a single serving. Or, you can remove the cake from the mug, cut it in half, and add the sauce, whipped cream, and cherries and enjoy two servings. 
Whip Cream: You can make homemade whipped cream with heavy whipping cream or coconut cream. For a more finished look, you can use a piping bag to add the cream to the top of the cake. 

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 141IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond flour, chocolate chip, chocolate frosting, fruit compote, mug cake, raspberries
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