This keto coconut flour mug cake is the most delicious keto vanilla mug cake with only 4.9g net carb per serve. Plus, it makes a lovely single serve keto birthday cake if you use my keto coconut frosting. Also, the recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and therefore suitable for anyone on paleo diet too!
We all crave birthday cake at some point, whether it’s your birthday or not, that craving must be fixed right? As always I’m here to tell you that this is ok to have birthday cake on a keto diet. Of course, you need to use the right ingredients to keep things very low carb and high fat but keep reading and I will guide you through this in a sec!
Coconut flour is one of the lowest flour in carbs. Therefore it’s the perfect choice to make keto cakes or breads. It is also a high fiber flour, meaning it absorbs liquid very quickly and that is why you need to measure your flour with precision to ensure a moist keto vanilla mug cake. Let’s see what you need to make this lovely treat:
Coconut flour – make sure it has no lumps for best result. If so, squeeze the lumps between your finger tips before you measure the flour
Egg – don’t replace by an egg free option or it will be very crumbly and dry
Unsweetened almond milk – I always use Almond Breeze because it doesn’t contain added starch or sugar and the flavor is transparent so it doesn’t change the cake flavor. However, it does add the creaminess you expect from milk, without the dairy or carbs so it is perfect for this
Coconut cream – I use canned coconut cream, always choose it with more than 30% fat per 100 g for the most delicious creamy texture. Otherwise, if you can’t find it where you live replace by heavy cream
Sugar free crystal sweetener – I love Monk fruit stevia blend, see here, it’s the best sugar replacement on keto, no carbs and no aftertaste.
Vanilla stevia drops – or vanilla essence it is up to you or coconut stevia drops if you want to make a keto coconut mug cake
How to bake keto mug cake?
A keto mug cake is generally baked in the microwave between 60 seconds to 90 seconds. As I divided this recipe in half, I cooked this recipe in 2 separate mugs to assemble a birthday layer cake. Consequently, I only microwaved each mug cake for 60 seconds. The reason why I decreased time is to keep the cake moist and soft. If you intend to microwave the whole batch all at once you can microwave it for 9o seconds. Of course, some of you may not have a microwave and that’s ok. You can bake mug cakes in greased ovenproof ramekins for 8-12 minutes at 180 C (350F). You know the mug cake is ready when the batter is set but still moist.
How to make coconut keto frosting?
The best way to create a single serve keto birthday cake with a mug cake recipe is to bake 2 similar cake layers and assemble them with keto frosting. My favorite keto frosting is dairy free, made of unsweetened coconut yogurt, unsweetened dessicated coconut, powdered erythritol and stevia drops. Actually, pure coconut yoghurt is the best keto yoghurt you can eat! It has no sugar, no dairy meaning no lactose sugar. It’s made of 100% coconut cream and probiotic that is all. I recommend you check the ingredients list of your yoghurt before buying as some brands add starch or sugar!
More keto mug cakes recipe
I love low carb mug cakes for breakfast or as a quick sweet craving fix in the afternoon. I created a range of delicious keto mug cakes for you to try.
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Grease 2 microwave proof ramekin or mugs with coconut oil or butter. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, add all the mug cake ingredients (except frosting ingredients!). Follow the order listed above, liquid first, dry ingredients at the end. Make sure your egg, almond milk and cream are all at room temperature to avoid lumps with coconut flour .
Whisk all ingredients together until no more lumps and a consistent cake batter form.
Divide the batter evenly into the 2 microwave proof ramekin or mugs.
Microwave each mugs separately, on high power for 60 seconds. If you want to microwave the whole batter in one mug, extand baking time to 90 seconds.
Whisk the frosting ingredients all together. Set aside in the fridge while the cake layers reach room temperature.
Assemble the keto birthday cake
Unmold carefully both mug cake layers and cool down on a rack. You can place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to accelerate the process.
Place on cake layer on a plate, spread half of the coconut frosting on the cake, place the other cake layer on top and add more frosting. Spread evenly and srinkle extra unsweetened coconut flakes on top before serving if desired.
How to bake my mug cake in the oven ?
Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
Grease 2 oven proof ramekin with coconut oil or butter.
Fill each ramekin with half of the batter and bake for 8-12 minutes or until cake is moist and cook in the center. Don't overbake or the cakes are getting very dry in the middle.
Cool down before frosting as mentioned above.
You can make the batter the day before, store in an aitight container in the fridge and bake the next day. Don't store mug cake bake in the microwave more than 2 hours. They get dry and lose all their texture and flavor. If you use the oven, you can store the cake for 3 days in the fridge.
Coconut yoghurt, always choose one made with only 2 ingredients, coconut cream + probiotic.Some brands are not keto as they adds starch or sugar. Don't use those! Otherwise, replace by cream cheese if you can't find some where you live.Frosting carbs - the nutrition panel is for 1 mug cake without frosting. If you add th efrosting you be Calorie: 325 kcal | Fat: 25.6 g| Net Carbs: 6.5 g (carbs: 12g takeaway fiber : 5.5 g) | Protein: 11.1 g
Coconut flour mug cake
Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)
Calories 185Calories from Fat 105
% Daily Value*
Net Carbs 4.9g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This recipe is sponsored by Almond Breeze Made from the best California Almonds and I received a compensation to develop this recipe but note that I only recommend product I love and trust on this blog. Thank you.