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Carrot Mug Cake

This Vanilla Mug Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute with simple pantry staples. It's the perfect low carb, paleo vegan cake that will satisfy any sweet tooth craving!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake, carrot cake in a cup, carrot cake mug cake, carrot mug cake, dessert for one, keto dessert idea, keto mug cake, mug cake, mug cake recipe, paleo mug cake, quick dessert for 1, vegan mug cake
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 298 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 2 tablespoons creamy cashew butter , gives the best flavor but can also sub with peanut butter, almond butter, tahini or sunbutter
  • 2 tablespoons Lakanto maple syrup OR pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce , (can sub with pureed pumpkin OR half of a small ripe mashed banana)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (I prefer using Malk Organics as it adds creaminess without any gums or fillers)
  • 1.5 tablespoons grated carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3.5 tablespoons superfine almond flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 2/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg



  1. In a large (14 oz) heat-safe mug or (12-14 oz) ramekin, use a small fork or whisk to combine the cashew butter, maple syrup, applesauce, grated carrots, milk and vanilla until smooth.

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  2. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and stir until the batter is mixed together and has no clumps.

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  1. Place mug on a small plate (in case of spillage) and microwave for about **65-75 seconds. Check on the cake to see that it's done. (You may need to microwave for less or an additional 5-10 seconds depending on how powerful your microwave is.)

    White mug in a microwave
  2. Add toppings of choice and drizzle with melted coconut butter or dairy-free cream cheese frosting if desired.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    Lightly coat a large 12 oz ramekin and transfer batter into the ramekin. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until cake is set.

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Recipe Notes

**The cook time will vary according to your microwave - check after 65 seconds then pop it back in the microwave in 10 second increments if not done - do not overcook or mug cake will be dry

Nutrition Facts
Carrot Mug Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Sodium 81mg3%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 7g28%
Protein 11g22%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.