Low-Carb Mug Cakes 4 Ways + VIDEO — Ditch The Carbs

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Low-carb mug cakes are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for something sweet without throwing the towel in on all the progress you’ve made so far.

If you love the idea of a personal cake all to yourself then these low-carb mug cakes are for you!

Four different low-carb mug cakes in light blue bowls.

In This Article You Will Find:

  1. Directions for making 4 low-carb mug cakes in under 2 minutes.
  2. Our best tips for lowering net carbs for the low-carb mug cakes even further.
  3. A quick cooking video that shows you exactly how to make these low-carb mug cakes.
  4. How to cook healthy mug cakes … even if you don’t have a microwave!

Low-Carb Mug Cakes 4 Ways

Four different low-carb mug cakes in bowls.

Making mug cakes is super easy. I am going to teach you how to make a basic mug cake batter, and then how to add different ingredients to make 4 completely different flavors!

To make your basic mug cake recipe you will want to place some butter and cream cheese in a microwave-safe mug or ramekin, then microwave it for 20 seconds to soften the butter and cream cheese.

Next, mix in some coconut flour, baking powder, vanilla, an egg, and your favorite natural granular sugar-free sweetener.

Mix it together really well scraping the sides and bottoms. You now have a basic vanilla mug cake that you can pop into the microwave to cook or add extra ingredients to spice it up!

Keto Vanilla Berry Mug Cake

Vanilla Berry Low-Carb mug cake in a light blue dish.

First up on the list of mug cakes is my vanilla berry mug cake. This is one of the most popular recipes at Ditch The Carbs because it has a lovely moist texture and is absolutely idiot-proof (yay for late-night cravings).

To make this mug cake you simply need to add six frozen raspberries to your basic mug cake batter.

You will want to use a knife or the back of a fork to push the frozen berries into the batter then cook the cake in the microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute 20 seconds.

Serving Suggestions & How To Reduce Carbs: Vanilla Berry Mug Cake

You can then dig in and eat your cake directly out of the mug or pop it out of the mug and place it on a plate.

The vanilla berry mug cake has 4.5g net carbs, but if you want to lower the carb count even further you can use 3 berries instead of 6.

Keto Double Chocolate Mug Cake

Double chocolate mug cake in a blue dish served with cream

The double chocolate mug cake is up next.

You simply make the regular keto mug cake batter, then add the additional cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

If you can’t find a good quality sugar-free chocolate chips, you may use cacao nibs or chopped dark 90% chocolate instead.

If you leave the chocolate chips out you’ll have a regular chocolate cake, but regular chocolate cake is delicious too!

Serving Suggestions & How To Reduce Carbs: Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

This mug cake nets 5.5g carbs. To make this cake you simply need to mix in a scoop of cocoa powder and sugar-free chocolate chips into the batter before cooking.

If the net carbs is a little high for your carb count that day you can lower the carb count even more by either using fewer chocolate chips or leaving them out altogether.

Low-Carb Lemon Curd Mug Cake

low-carb lemon curd cake served in a dish with whipped cream and lemon curd

A lemon curd mug cake is incredibly tasty and perfect for when you are craving something sweet and tart.

Before you make this mug cake you will need to whip up a batch of homemade low-carb lemon curd.

Low-Carb Lemon Meringue Pies

Low-carb lemon meringue pies are a wonderful easy pie that can be made hot or cold, and prepared in advance.

Check out this recipe …

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The lemon curd in this recipe can be made in advance and either stored in the refrigerator or in spoonful sized portions in the freezer.

I do not recommend using store-bought lemon curd as they are usually full of sugar and other highly processed ingredients.

When I make a lemon mug cake I like to mix some lemon zest into the batter and drop 1-2 spoonfuls of lemon curd in the middle of the mug cake batter before cooking.

Push the lemon curd into the batter with the back of your fork before cooking in the microwave.

When the cake is done cooking the center will gooey and tangy from the lemon curd.

Who’s drooling already?


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Serving Suggestions & How To Reduce Carbs: Low-Carb Lemon Curd Mug Cake

If you use two spoonfuls of lemon curd to the centre of your low-carb mug cake, it will net 5.9g carbs.

To lower the carb amount, even more, use only 1 spoonful of low-carb lemon curd instead of two and leave out the optional lemon zest.

To serve, simply add a few slices or sprinkling of lemon zest to the top and perhaps some whipped cream.

Low-Carb Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

low-carb cinnamon roll served in a bowl with cream cheese frosting

If you have been missing cinnamon rolls you are going to love this cinnamon roll mug cake!

Of all the mug cakes this one does have the highest net carbs (6.3g), but like all the other mug cakes there are ways to lower it even more if you need to make it fit into your day.

To make this cinnamon roll mug cake you will want to mix together some cinnamon and a little of your favorite brown sweetener in a separate dish.

Sprinkle the cinnamon mix over the top of your basic mug cake batter, then use the back of a fork to swirl the cinnamon mix into the batter.

Serving Suggestions & How To Reduce Carbs: Low-Carb Cinnamon Swirl Mug Cake + Frosting

While the mug cake is cooking whip together your frosting/icing in a small bowl, then spread it over your mug cake while it is still warm.

If you want to lower the carbs for this cake I’d recommend either leaving off/reducing the frosting/icing.

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Low-Carb Mug Cakes – 4 Ways

Four different low-carb mug cakes in light blue bowls.

Once you get the hang of making low-carb and gluten-free mug cakes, the options are endless.

Each quick and easy healthy mug cake is intended to make 1 serving, but it can easily be split into two servings for another person or stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for the next day.

I can’t wait to hear which low-carb mug cake recipes are your favorite.

Leave a comment to let us know which one you try. Enjoy!

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How to cook healthy mug cakes … even if you don’t have a microwave!

No microwave? No problem.

You can make exactly the same mug cake batter, place the mixture in an oven-proof ramekin instead of a mug, then bake at 180C/350F for 10 minutes.

Voila!

Yes, cooking in the oven will take longer, but for those of you who don’t have a microwave, these will bake beautifully.

More Low-Carb Coconut Flour Recipes

Keto Vanilla Berry Mug Cake

How to make a quick and easy 1-minute coconut flour keto vanilla berry mug cake – even when you don’t like to cook!  

Prep Time3 mins

Cook Time1 min

Total Time4 mins

Course: Baking, Cakes and desserts, Coconut Flour Recipes

Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
keto vanilla berry mug cake

NET Carbs 4.5g

TOTAL Carbs: 10g

FIBRE: 5.5g

Instructions

  • Place the butter and cream cheese in your chosen mug. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.

  • Add the coconut flour, sweetener, vanilla, and baking powder. Mix well. Add the egg. Mix again

  • Scrape down the sides of the mug, then press in 6 frozen raspberries into the cake batter.

  • Microwave on HIGH for 1:20 seconds minute.

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Notes

You can reduce the total carbs further by omitting the raspberries (1.5 total carbs) to make a simple keto vanilla mug cake. 
Please adjust the microwave cooking times according to the strength of your microwave.
My microwave is pretty powerful and only requires 1 minute, but most standard microwaves may require the 1:20 as stated in the recipe.
No microwave? No problem. Simply bake at 180C/350F in a cupcake case or muffin tray for 12 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts

Keto Vanilla Berry Mug Cake

Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)

Calories 342
Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Total Carbohydrates 10g3%

Fiber 5.5g23%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 980IU20%

Vitamin C 3.1mg4%

Calcium 107mg11%

Iron 1.1mg6%

NET carbs 4.5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1-Minute Double Chocolate Low-Carb Mug Cake

How to make a quick and tasty double chocolate mug cake in the microwave

Prep Time3 mins

Cook Time1 min

Total Time4 mins

Course: Baking, Cakes and desserts, Coconut Flour Recipes

Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keto Double Chocolate Mug Cake

NET Carbs 5.5g

TOTAL Carbs: 12.5g

FIBRE: 7g

Instructions

  • Place the butter and cream cheese in your chosen microwavable mug. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.

  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the mug to ensure the mug cake batter is mixed well.

  • Microwave on HIGH for 1:20 seconds minutes.

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Notes

Please adjust the microwave cooking times according to the strength of your microwave.
My microwave is pretty powerful and only requires 1 minute, but most standard microwaves may require the 1:20 as stated in the recipe.
No microwave? No problem. Simply bake at 180C/350F in a cupcake case or muffin tray for 12 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts

1-Minute Double Chocolate Low-Carb Mug Cake

Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)

Calories 412.6
Calories from Fat 293

% Daily Value*

Fat 32.5g50%

Sodium 288.6mg13%

Potassium 268.1mg8%

Total Carbohydrates 12.5g4%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 2.7g3%

Protein 9.8g20%

Vitamin A 981.9IU20%

Vitamin B1 0.1mg7%

Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%

Vitamin B12 0.5µg8%

Vitamin D 1.3µg9%

Vitamin E 0.8mg5%

Calcium 107.2mg11%

Folate 20.7µg5%

Iron 2.2mg12%

Magnesium 18.8mg5%

Selenium 13.5µg19%

Zinc 0.8mg5%

NET carbs 5.5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1-Minute Lemon Curd Low-Carb Mug Cake

How to make a quick and tasty lemon curd mug cake in the microwave

Prep Time3 mins

Cook Time1 min

Total Time4 mins

Course: Baking, Cakes and desserts, Coconut Flour Recipes

Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

NET Carbs 5.9g

TOTAL Carbs: 11.5g

FIBRE: 5.6g

Instructions

  • Place the butter and cream cheese in your chosen microwavable mug. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.

  • Add the remaining ingredients apart from the lemon curd/custard to the mug and mix well.

  • Drop the lemon curd/custard into the batter. Use the back of a fork or knife to push the curd into the middle of the batter until it is covered.

  • Microwave on HIGH for 1:20 seconds minute. Enjoy!

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Notes

Please adjust the microwave cooking times according to the strength of your microwave.
My microwave is pretty powerful and only requires 1 minute, but most standard microwaves may require the 1:20 as stated in the recipe.
No microwave? No problem. Simply bake at 180C/350F in a cupcake case or muffin tray for 12 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts

1-Minute Lemon Curd Low-Carb Mug Cake

Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)

Calories 357.4
Calories from Fat 293

% Daily Value*

Fat 32.6g50%

Sodium 288.1mg13%

Potassium 227mg6%

Total Carbohydrates 11.5g4%

Fiber 5.6g23%

Sugar 3.7g4%

Protein 14.4g29%

Vitamin A 981.9IU20%

Vitamin B1 0.1mg7%

Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%

Vitamin B12 0.5µg8%

Vitamin C 2.6mg3%

Vitamin D 1.3µg9%

Vitamin E 0.8mg5%

Calcium 107.2mg11%

Folate 20.7µg5%

Iron 1.1mg6%

Magnesium 5.3mg1%

Selenium 13.5µg19%

Zinc 0.6mg4%

NET carbs 5.9g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Low-Carb Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Icing/Frosting

How to make a quick and tasty cinnamon roll mug cake in the microwave plus icing/frosting.

Prep Time3 mins

Cook Time1 min

Total Time4 mins

Course: Baking, Cakes and desserts, Coconut Flour Recipes

Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

NET Carbs 6.3g

TOTAL Carbs: 12.3g

FIBRE: 6g

Instructions

  • Place the butter and cream cheese in your chosen microwavable mug. Microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.

  • Add the remaining ingredients except the cinnamon and brown sweetener to the mug and mix well.

  • In a seperate small bowl mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar. Pour the cinnamon sugar mix over the mug cake batter. Use a knife or back of a fork to slightly mix the cinnamon and sugar into the batter using a spiral motion.

  • Microwave on HIGH for 1:20 seconds minute.

  • Mix together the cream cheese icing and spread it over the cop of your cinnamon roll mug cake while it is still warm. Enjoy!

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Notes

Please adjust the microwave cooking times according to the strength of your microwave.
My microwave is pretty powerful and only requires 1 minute, but most standard microwaves may require the 1:20 as stated in the recipe.
No microwave? No problem. Simply bake at 180C/350F in a cupcake case or muffin tray for 12 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts

Low-Carb Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Icing/Frosting

Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)

Calories 394
Calories from Fat 293

% Daily Value*

Fat 32.6g50%

Sodium 334.8mg15%

Potassium 227mg6%

Total Carbohydrates 12.3g4%

Fiber 6g25%

Sugar 3.3g4%

Protein 10.3g21%

Vitamin A 1176.7IU24%

Vitamin B1 0.1mg7%

Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%

Vitamin B12 0.5µg8%

Vitamin D 1.3µg9%

Vitamin E 0.8mg5%

Calcium 141.5mg14%

Folate 20.7µg5%

Iron 1.1mg6%

Magnesium 5.3mg1%

Selenium 13.5µg19%

Zinc 0.6mg4%

NET carbs 6.3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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