This easy gluten-free Flourless Mug Cake takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish. This is a simple chocolate dessert loaded with flavor. This just might be the easiest low carb keto dessert recipe you'll ever make!
Have you ever just been sitting in your house, wishing that you could make a dessert that's the perfect serving size for one? This is what this simple mug cake recipe is all about. It's the best "staying in and relaxing" dessert, ever.
While I'm pretty much obsessed with eating this simple "cake for one", it's also a recipe that the kids will love, too. The ingredients are simple and the recipe is fast. Those two aspects combined create an amazing chocolate dessert. I've made many healthy mug cake recipes recently but this may be my ultimate favorite.
Make sure to check out my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies as well as my Flourless Brownies as well.
As I mentioned earlier, the ingredients in this simple mug cake are easy. More than likely, you'll have them all in your cupboard making for an even fast and simpler recipe than you ever thought possible.
- Butter - Unsalted butter works best for this ingredient.
- Joy Filled Eats Sweetener - I like to use my homemade sweetener for this recipe but some people use Stevia as well.
- Egg - Helps to hold the batter together and add moisture and protein.
- Coconut Milk - Mixed with the other ingredients, this adds healthy fat to this gluten-free mug cake.
- Vanilla - A teaspoon of vanilla goes a long way.
- Cocoa Powder - I use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe.
- Baking Powder - Gives the fluffy texture to the cake recipe.
- Salt - Just a pinch cuts the sweetness and enhances flavors.
How To Make Flourless Mug Cake
Although I typically don't use a microwave for desserts, this one is near and dear to my heart and makes me rethink that stance. You're going to love how EASY this is. You can prepare this mug cake in the microwave and it will take less than a few minutes to make.
Step One: Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a mug that is microwave-safe. Heat it for 30 seconds and stir. You're going to want to it be smooth and lump-free!
Step Two: Add the sweetener and the rest of the ingredients on the list. Stir.
Step Three: Pop the flourless mug cake in the microwave for about one minute. Microwave times vary a lot so you can start with 45 seconds and check every 15 seconds until the top looks dry around the edges.
Since there are very few ingredients in this recipe, there aren't a ton of variations that would really work. To alter this gluten-free chocolate mug cake, you can try one variation and see what you think.
Almond Milk - Instead of using coconut milk, you can see what you think of almond milk. It won't be as sweet but it should still give the texture.
For other flavors try my dairy-free Keto Lemon Mug Cake, Keto Cinnamon Mug Cake, Keto Vanilla Mug Cake, and Keto Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Instead of focusing on ways to change this recipe, let's talk about topping ideas for this simple mug dessert.
Adding toppings to desserts is a fast and easy way to add unique flavors and tastes.
Some topping ideas for chocolate mug cake could include:
- Homemade whipped cream
- Sprinkles - I use these sugar-free sprinkles
- Mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings
- Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream
Those are just a few simple ideas and you can easily add anything else that you'd like.
Do flourless cakes taste different?
The texture of a flourless dessert tends to be a bit denser but the flavor is still quite delicious.
Do mug cakes really work?
They do and they're super popular, too. People love making cakes in mugs because it satisfies the sweet tooth and craving in a quick and easy way.
What is the point of flourless cake?
Making a cake without flour is actually a really great flavor. The texture is often compared more to fudge, rather than cake.
For people who can't eat flour, this flourless mug cake might be a great dessert that they'll be able to eat and enjoy.
Does a flourless chocolate cake need to be refrigerated?
Nope! Even though this flourless mug cake recipe is small and will be eaten quickly, you don't have to store it in the fridge if you can't eat it right away.
Why does my mug cake look so moist?
This is why people actually love this simple recipe! It's very moist, making each bite full of flavor. This doesn't mean that the cake isn't done, either. It's actually the texture of the cake.
Do you eat mug cakes hot or cold?
It's a little bit of both! You want to cook it so it's hot but then you want to let it cool before digging in. The hardest part of this entire flourless mug cake recipe is waiting patiently for it to cool down a little bit.
Be aware because the middle of the chocolate cake is much hotter than the top of the cake, and that can be tricky and burn your mouth if you're not careful. I like to use my spoon and poke a hole in the middle to let some of the hot air escape out and cool.
Can I reheat this flourless chocolate mug cake?
Trust me, I totally get this question. As a mom, I find myself reheating things over and over again because I hardly ever have the time to sit down right away and enjoy it the first time.
If you need to reheat this flourless mug cake, just do it in 30-second intervals until it's nice and warm. I promise that you're going to love this keto mug cake.
For more cake recipes, check out my Apple Cider Donut Cake or my Keto Blueberry Cake.
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- 1 tablespoon butter softened (microwave for 10 seconds first if cold)
- 2 tablespoon Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon beaten egg
- 2 tablespoon coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- In a microwavable mug combine the ingredients. Stir until smooth.
- Microwave for about 1 minute.
This really came in handy the other day. I wanted something sweet but did not want to bake a whole cake. This was quick to make and with a scoop of ice cream really hit the spot!
This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family
This is perfect for my chocolate cravings!!!