Making cupcakes

I love chocolate cake but cannot eat it because I'm allergic to gluten. I also don't want to spend the time to make a huge cake in the oven. So I started experimenting with a mug cake recipe I found online a few years ago and came up with a gluten free, sugar free chocolate cup cake recipe that I'm happy with. At the Festival of Learning at the MIT Media Lab, I ran a cupcake making workshop and since then people have been experimenting with their own recipes and it's all very exciting. For now let's see how I made the cake in the photo above. 

Before microwaving (left) and after 3 minutes in a 700W microwave, the cake looks like the picture on the right, chocolatey deliciousness ready to eat.

Flourless Sugarless Chocolate Cupcake

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 3 mins in a 700W microwave so the time will be slightly different for other microwaves.
Total Time: 5 mins


4 spoon almond meal
4 spoon xylitol
3 spoon oil
3 spoon milk
2 spoon cocoa powder
1 egg
2-3 drops vanilla essence (optional)
1 coffee mug


Mix all ingredients together in the coffee mug and microwave for 3 minutes.

spoon = tsp or tbsp or any other spoon as long as same spoon is used for measuring all ingredients
almond meal or any other flour or flour combination is okay too 
xylitol or sugar or any other sweetener would work fine
oil = any cooking oil like walnut, grapeseed, peanut etc. Perhaps not olive oil :)
cocoa powder = I use dark unsweetened but this depends on your taste
egg = I use a large egg