This chocolate mug cake is the ultimate easy keto dessert for one you can make in less than 4 minutes in the microwave. That’s right, we’re talking a no-bake low carb chocolate lava cake that’s rich and decadent and requires no special ingredients and very little effort.
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Ok, so this keto chocolate mug cake may sound too good to be true, but let me assure you this fabulous chocolate lava cake in a mug is a very real flourless, sugar-free, gluten-free easy keto dessert that’s ready quick using simple ingredients that I’ll bet you have on hand.
Consider your chocolate cravings curbed.
Without any special ingredients.
In less time than it takes to say I Need Chocolate three times.
Ok, so maybe that’s a stretch, but seriously, this keto chocolate mug cake is incredibly simple, AND it tastes like the real thing!
What’s The Deal With Mug Cakes?
In case you’re not familiar with the on-trend mug cake phenomenon, I’ll break it down for you: Mug cakes are perfectly portioned desserts for one are “baked” in the microwave and take a matter of minutes to prepare. They are the ultimate simple no-bake dessert, and What makes them so dang addictive is that once you find the texture that fits your taste buds, you can customize a base mug cake to be any flavor your heart desires.
On A Quest For The Perfect Keto Mug Cake? Here’s The 411
When you ask Google or Pinterest for mug cake recommendations, you’ll find several different methods for making “the best keto mug cake.” Some use almond flour; some use coconut flour – some use both.
This one doesn’t use either one because sometimes you NEED chocolate and you don’t have any almond or coconut flour on hand or the time and energy for a grocery store run, Or, you prefer your cake to taste like, oh, I don’t know CAKE?
Look, don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking almond or coconut flour, but after years of trying different combinations of these go-to keto baking combos, I’ve found I like the texture and consistency of a flour-free mug cake.
See, it turns out you can create a chocolate mug cake that’s rich and decadent without any flour at all. Score.
Keto Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients
That’s right -you don’t need any almond or coconut flour to make this 4-minute miracle happen. Nope, all you need on hand is
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons Granulated Erythritol (I used So Nourished – Use Granulated if you have it – it’s easier to combine – but Confectioners also works)
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Melted Salted Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
Keto Chocolate Mug Cake Step By Easy Step
Here comes the best part – making these little microwave miracles is stupid simple.
Melt the butter in the mug or ramekin in the microwave – this takes my microwave 30 seconds.
Next, mix in the cocoa powder, followed by the erythritol, baking powder, cream, vanilla, and the egg.
Make sure you stir it well so the consistency will be right. Don’t worry; this will only take you a minute.
Note: You may want to grease the mug with butter or a little gluten-free cooking spray if you aren’t planning on eating the cake straight outta the cup 🙂
I microwaved mine for 1 minute + 30 seconds, and it was perfect. It may take your microwave less time, so check-in after a minute, so you don’t overcook it.
If you’re looking for more of a lava cake – adjust the cooking time a little – go for 1 minute + 15 seconds
Tips To Make The Best Mug Cakes
Cooking Times – It’s a good idea to err on the side of caution when it comes to cooking times. All I can speak to is what is going down in my house – it takes 30 seconds to melt one tablespoon of butter and 1 minute, 30 seconds to “bake” this mug cake in my microwave. You may have an older or newer model – our journeys are not the same – I recommend starting with a one minute cook time – you can always add a few seconds.
Mugs Or Ramekins – Are mug cakes better in a ramekin? The way I see it, no. And to suggest that you need to go out and buy anything to make a mug cake would be silly – unless you are feeling fancy in which case – Go. For. It.
The Mug Cake Will Rise – Do not be disappointed when your batter doesn’t fill the mug. You need to leave space for the mixture to rise, or you will be dealing with a mini microwave cleaning crisis, and nobody wants that. I’d go with a 12-ounce mug.
Can You Bake A Mug Cake In The Oven? Yes. If your microwave is taken, broken, or otherwise occupied, by all means, bake it before you go without it! Set your oven to 350 and your timer to 10 minutes.
Mug Cake Toppings
Whipped Cream – One of my favorite ways to top off any chocolate dessert is with my 2-ingredient keto whipped cream recipe. It’s super simple – sugar-free and makes you feel a little bit like Betty Crocker when you serve it.
Sliced Strawberries or Raspberries
Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Chips – If you’re feeling super chocolatey – top one of these off with a few Lilly’s Chocolate Chips
Sugar-Free Keto Cream Cheese Frosting – Another solid favorite to top off a mug cake is frosting – Keto Frosting. (That was my best James Bond “impression” for those of you reading:)
Mix 4 ounces softened cream cheese with 2.5 tablespoons salted softened butter – then add in ½ cup confectioners erythritol (I love So Nourished) plus a teaspoon vanilla and 1.5 Tablespoons heavy cream. This frosting takes a hot 5 minutes using a handheld mixer, and you can keep it in the fridge for up to 7 days, but I doubt it will last that long:) As for carbs, how does one sound?
If You Like This Mug Cake Recipe, You Need To Check Out These Easy Keto Dessert Recipes
Because we all need a few go-to easy to prep treats, right?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs – One the most popular recipes on the site – why? Because it’s edible keto cookie dough!
No-Bake Keto Cookies – My fail-proof no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are the bomb – please make these and treat yourself
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs – Another gotta have it a dessert with coconut oil, keto-friendly peanut butter, and chocolate
Things You May Need To Make Mug Cakes
You do not have to buy special equipment or tools to enjoy mug cakes, but if you feel like your kitchen is needing extra love, here are a few things I recommend.
12-Ounce Microwave-Safe Mugs – These are the perfect size for mug cakes and they’re dishwasher safe
Ramekins – Here’s a set of 4 dishwasher and microwave safe bowls made for individual desserts – and these are the 12-ounce size – because the cake will rise (I did not mean to rhyme there, but hey, it works:)Print
This chocolate mug cake is the ultimate easy keto dessert you can make in less than 4 minutes in the microwave. This chocolate cake in a mug is a fabulously simple sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free no-bake low carb dessert that’s rich and decadent and requires no special ingredients and practically no effort.
- Melt the butter in the mug or ramekin in the microwave – this takes my microwave 30 seconds.
- Next, mix in the cocoa powder, followed by the erythritol, baking powder, cream, vanilla, and the egg.
- Make sure you stir it well so the consistency will be right. Don’t worry; this will only take you a minute.
- You may want to grease the mug with butter or a little gluten-free cooking spray if you aren’t planning on eating the cake straight outta the cup 🙂
- I microwaved mine for 1 minute + 30 seconds, and it was perfect. It may take your microwave less time, so check-in after a minute, so you don’t overcook it.
To Bake: Set Oven to 350 – Bake for 10-12 Minutes
Keto Whipped Cream
Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Frosting – (Recipe in article)
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Microwave
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