I don’t usually like to eat the same thing every day. Having said that, I’m also lazy. My usual breakfast is coffee with heavy cream or bulletproof coffee (recipe coming soon). When I like to switch it up I either make bacon and eggs, bacon and low carb pancakes; or, if I want something sweet, I make this recipe, a low carb cinnamon mug cake.
This can also be used as a dessert, especially when topped with whipped cream. Cut the cake in half lengthwise and share with a loved one for half the calories! What I love the most about this recipe is it is so quick and easy. I’m eating it in less than 5 minutes start to finish! Perfect for those mornings when you’re still half asleep, running on auto pilot and probably shouldn’t be allowed near a stove. I’ve been known to boil water out of a pot once… or twice. It doesn’t matter! What is this an interrogation?
I’ve been making this recipe for so long that I’m not sure where the basis of it originated from, but many low carb enthusiasts make some form of a low carb mug cake at some point. The recipe below is for a low carb cinnamon mug cake, but if you remove the cinnamon, you have a base recipe where you can then add whatever flavoring you like to create all kinds of low carb cakes.
Some of my favorite flavors are:
Lemon Cake – Add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and fresh whipped cream!
Raspberry Lemon Cake – Add a couple tablespoons of lemon juice and some raspberries.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake – Add a couple tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and a couple sliced strawberries.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake – Add a couple tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and a tablespoon of low carb peanut butter.
Chocolate Peppermint – Add a couple tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of crushed sugarfree peppermint candies.
To make it even easier, add different flavor extracts or Torani sugar free syrups (lower or eliminate the splenda if you do this), and the possibilities are endless!
If you want to skip the instructions with the pictures, and just want the written recipe, click here.
Low Carb Cinnamon Mug Cake
-3 tbsp butter
-3 rounded tbsp carbquick, OR 3 1/2 rounded tbsp almond flour, OR 3 tbsp almond flour + 1 tsp coconut flour
-2 tbsp splenda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cinnamon
-pinch of salt (only if using unsalted butter)
-1 tsp vanilla
The different flours will give you different textures and density to the cakes. Carbquick gives a nice fluffy cake, but it’s pretty light and you might not feel as full after eating it. Almond flour has a nice density, but increases the calories. Almond flour and coconut flour creates a nice cake and a lot of people prefer to mix these two flours; however, if you’re too heavy handed with the coconut flour, the cake can become very dry. If you prefer the almond flour and coconut flour, I recommend a ratio of 3 tbsp almond flour to 1 tsp coconut flour.
1. Place 3 tbsp butter in microwavable ramekin or mug.
2. Microwave until butter is mostly melted (about 30 seconds).
3. Add remaining ingredients. Note: If using salted butter, there is no need to add the pinch of salt.
4. Stir ingredients until mixed well.
5. Microwave for 1 minute.
6. Run a butter knife around the sides of the mug to loosen the cake.
7. You can simply eat it out of the mug, or turn it out onto a plate to cut in half if you prefer to share.
8. These are good by themselves, or optionally, you can add an extra pat of butter or whipped cream.
I counted one mug cake as a serving in the nutritional information; however, you can easily cut one in half lengthwise so that you end up with two shorter round cakes to share with a loved one!
For the three different flours I used, I calculated the following:
Carbquick: 381 calories, 5 g NET carbs, 11 g protein, 33 g fat
Almond flour only: 431 calories, 5 g NET carbs, 12 g protein, 39 g fat
Almond flour + coconut flour: 421 calories, 6 g NET carbs, 11 g protein, 38 g fat
I used the MyFitnessPal recipe creator to calculate nutritional information. Nutritional values may change based off the ingredient brands you use. Switching out the cinnamon for other flavors, and adding toppings (like the whip cream in my pictures), will add additional calories and carbs.
I hope everyone enjoys getting creative with this fun and easy recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments! And if you have other flavor ideas, please let me know!
Please don’t mind the mess.
Low Carb Cinnamon Mug Cake recipe minus the story:
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