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Gluten free Microwave Chocolate Cake

Updated on June 9, 2013
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet, and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

The Finished Festive Cake
The Finished Festive Cake | Source

Festive Chocolate Cake

A festive chocolate cake that is gluten free can be a very welcome addition to a special occasion, especially where something is needed in a hurry for a celebration that crops up unexpectedly.

This festive chocolate cake can be made in a comparatively short time as it can be prepared quite quickly and then cooked in only about three minutes in a microwave oven. It is easy and fun to make and the ingredients are readily available in most larders, apart from the rice flour, although if there are people in the house who need gluten free food you will most likely have that, too.

  • This recipe is an adaptation of my Giant Cupcake, which can also be found on HubPages. The quantities here are larger and rice flour, cornflour and baking powder are substituted for the self-raising flour in that recipe.
  • Although this festive chocolate cake is gluten free it is delicious and can be enjoyed by all the family, whether or not they need gluten free food.
  • This cake is moist and will keep for a day or two - if it is not eaten immediately!

Some words of warning:

  • I have researched, but am still not sure if nonpareils are gluten free. They are composed of sugar, starch and food colouring. I suspect that the starch may contain gluten; it would not be much as the main ingredient is sugar, but a different decoration may be a better choice.
  • Once the dry ingredients and the liquids are being mixed together, it is best to work as quickly as possible so that the Baking Powder does not begin to rise before the mixture is placed in the oven, otherwise the cake may not rise as well as expected.

Mix the Ingredients Quickly and Thoroughly
Mix the Ingredients Quickly and Thoroughly | Source
3.2 stars from 10 ratings of Gluten free Microwave Chocolate Cake
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: Serves eight people a good-sized slice each.
Place Mixture into Plastic Cake-pan
Place Mixture into Plastic Cake-pan | Source

Ingredients Needed for the Cake

  • ¾ cup Rice Flour
  • ½ cup Cornflour, Corn, not wheaten
  • ½ cup Cocoa
  • 6 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1½ teaspoons Cinnamon Powder
  • ½ cup Oil, Virgin Olive Oil is good
  • 2 eggs, Slightly beaten
  • ¾ cup milk, I use skim
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, Optional

Instructions for Making the Cake

  1. Oil the inside of a plastic cake pan. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. Add liquids to dry ingredients and mix together quickly, adding more milk if necessary, but do not make the mixture too moist.
  3. Quickly stir in the chocolate chips and pour mixture into pan. Spread out with a spoon so it is level.
  4. Place in microwave oven and cook on high for three minutes. After about two and a half minutes you can stop the oven and test the cake. Do not cook the cake for too long or it will become dry.
While Cake Cools, Prepare the Icing
While Cake Cools, Prepare the Icing | Source

The Icing

While the cake cools on a wire stand, prepare the icing.

  • Place a knob of butter and two tablespoons milk in basin and heat in microwave until butter is melted.
  • Sift together 1 cup of icing sugar, ¼ cup cocoa and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the liquids and stir until smooth.
  • Place cake on plate and pour icing our over cake.

Ice the Cake and Add Decorations
Ice the Cake and Add Decorations | Source

The Decoration

While the icing is still warm, simple decorations may be added. There are many creative ideas that could be used, but I did the following:

  • I sprinkled the top with nonpareils (hundred and thousands)
  • Placed chocolate-coated nuts in the centre
  • Made twice the quantity of icing, stirred in desiccated coconut, shaped spoonfuls into balls, making them into chocolate roughs. I placed the roughs on a tray to cool, and then arranged a dozen of them around the edge of the plate (see the photo of the finished cake at the top).
  • Guess what happened to the rest of the chocolate roughs?!

I'm sure you will have your own ideas of quick and easy decorations to add.

For a Final Festive Finish, Make Chocolate Roughs
For a Final Festive Finish, Make Chocolate Roughs | Source


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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MizBejabbers: I hope it worked well for you. At least when we make our own we know what has gone into it, with mixes there may be additives that we know nothing about and they could be the culprit. Sorry I haven't put any more gluten free recipes on lately - must try and find more time.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago from Beautiful South

      I really will try this one because I find that a lot of gluten-free chocolate mixes and prepared foods give me migraines. I had to toss the last brownies I made from a mix. I don't know what the ingredient is that triggers the migraine. All I can say is "give me more!" (great recipes, that is.)

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Jackie Lynnley: Sorry you missed it before, but hope it works well and that you love it as much as I do. Hope your grandson has as much fun with it as mine!

      musclequest: Never mind! There'll be some other treat you can have, I'm sure.

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      5 years ago from Johannesburg,South Africa

      Gluten be gone ... its a pitty i don't eat chocolate or cake :-(

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How did I miss this? I am in trouble now, even gluten free, lol. It is wonderful though and I know this is going to be getting made lots at my house! Thank you for sharing and I will copy it this minute! Gonna teach my grandson how to make it too! ^ & sharing

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PaoloJpm: Sorry I've taken so long to reply. Did your aunt make it? Was it good? I'd love to know.

      Vellur: Thank you. It's fun to share.

      LadyFiddler: Ha! thank you for your lovely comments and may God bless you, too.

      AudreyHowitt: Yes, some recipes do not seem to work out so well, I find, but this one did. Thank you!

      tillsontitan: Oh, yes! Chocolate definitely comes first. Thank you so much for those votes.

      artsandlearning: I find I need to make my own 'recipe book' of gluten free after I've either worked out the recipes myself or tried out others that have been recommended, as they don't all seem to be to my taste. Thank you for your comments.

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      Debora Wondercheck 

      5 years ago from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

      Gluten-free recipes are so hard to find. A gluten-free chocolate cake is simply wow. Looks so good and is easy to make too. Can't wait to try my hands at it. Keep posting Blossom and thanks for sharing. Regards, Debora

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      This recipe has everything going for it! Chocolate, gluten free, easy to make, quick and looks delicious (notice chocolate came first). What more could we ask for?

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and pinned.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Good gluten free is so hard to find--but this looks outstanding! Thank you!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      5 years ago from On Planet Earth

      BlossomSB you need to stop teasing us hubbers with these mouth watering recipes please :).

      Looks so yummy and tasty

      God bless you sweetie

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 

      6 years ago from Philippine

      I tried staying away on sweets but, look at that, can you resist such pleasure? too much sweetness, greatness in peace. I'll convince my aunt to do it too, thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy, lovely to hear from you. I have some cousins coming to morning coffee this morning, so I'll see what they think, too.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm looks delicious Blossom.

      Voted up.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dbro: My family used it and it was in recipe books I've used, so you had me running to my Concise Oxford English Dictionary, and yes, it's there, even the term, 'A knob of butter', so I guess it's British and Australian. What would you say in Texas to describe a little round bit of butter?

      AliciaC: Yes, I have a very choosy tummy, but this doesn't seem to upset it, for which I'm grateful and glad I invented the recipe and it works.

      Sue Bailey: I know about the salt and it does help the flavour, but as we're not supposed to use too much these days, I leave it out. When we were first married and liked having lots of friends around for meals I found a recipe book on Special, "The Cookery Hostess" so bought it, only to find that not only did it tell me to use a knob of butter, but it also said things like, 'Take some boned lamb', a handful of .. add a few.." I learned a lot about estimation from that book!

      MsDora: thank you for your comments. Loved your hub yesterday, too.

      angryelf: I've made a second one as I have some cousins coming tomorrow, only trouble is, I've already started cutting into it! Oh, dear! Thank you for your comments.

      aviannovice: Yes, I hope it works well for you - and that you enjoy it. The second time around, I did not add quite so much milk and it seems a little dry, so I'll need to remember that.

      always exploring: Thank you, I'm glad it is helpful - hope you enjoy!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am always thrilled to find gluten free recipes, esp. cakes. This looks really good and easy to make. Thank you...

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Blossom, I know that you were thinking about me on this one. Starch is gluten free if it is pure cornstarch, but a lot of things are made in some factories, but it will have to be posted on the packaging. I definitely will use this recipe.

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      This looks so incredibly delicious! Thank you for sharing, definitely a vote up; no chocolate is getting past me without some love!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Looks great! Thanks for the recipe and I appreciate your mention about the uncertainty of nonpareils. The pictures are good too.

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      Susan Bailey 

      6 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I have never tried these microwave cake recipes but I intend to. It seems so easy. We use knob of butter in UK all the time, along with a pinch of salt.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love chocolate cake. This version sounds so quick and easy to make! I like the fact that it's gluten free, too. Thanks for the recipe, Blossom.

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      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Thanks, Blossom! I wonder if a "knob" is a local term. It's not one commonly heard here in Texas!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      My Cook Book: Thank you for your encouraging comments.

      Faith Reaper: I hope it works well for you. Lovely to hear from you. God bless you.

      Mhatter: Thank you, too!

      Ceres Schwarz: Yes, it really does taste good, too. - Not so good for my waist-line, though!

      Frank Atanacio: The speed is good. When I had all our children at home and my parents living with us, too, I used to do all sorts of fancy cooking, but now, the quicker the better.

      kidscrafts: Yes, I wasn't sure it would work, so I was delighted when it did. Actually, with the icing added, there's quite a bit of sugar and that's not so healthy.

      Dbro: Ha! Sorry! It just means a small amount. Even one tablespoon would work. It helps the icing to be shiny and I think it adds to the flavour, too.

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      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great looking recipe, Blossom! I am always on the lookout for gluten free recipes. I will definitely give this one a try. Just one question, what is a "knob" of butter? I've heard that reference before, but I don't know what it is. I'm guessing it's about 2 Tablespoons, but I'd like to be sure before I give this recipe a go. Thanks for the great hub!

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This looks just scrumptious, Blossom! Comforting to know that it's possible to create delicious dessert without wheat!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      blossoms you really know how to cater to the lazy man I love this recipe.. and the quickness :) Frank

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      6 years ago

      Wow this chocolate cake recipe looks really, really good. The images you have are amazing and really make the chocolate cake look so delicious and tasty. Now I want to have some.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmm... Mm... I'm there. thank you

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Blossom, this looks so very delicious. I am interested in gluten free recipes, so thank you for sharing this one, especially :) !!!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Dil Vil 

      6 years ago from India

      Pics are really mouth watering. I like this hub. Thank you for the recipe.


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