There are plenty of amazing keto desserts out there, but mug cakes are easily some of the best. What's not to love? They're fast and easy desserts that come in a variety of different flavors. This includes the common variations, like the classic chocolate mug cake, along with plenty of more unusual choices.
An even better aspect is the serving size. Many desserts make a large amount at a time, which can be frustrating if you live alone. Mug cakes aren’t like that. Besides, there's something nice about making a single serving, especially when it is ready to eat in a container of its own.
Thankfully, there are plenty of keto mug cake recipes to choose from. This list rounds up some of the best choices from a range of different keto bloggers. Because the cakes are so easy to make, you could easily try a variety of them out to find your favorites. Many of the ingredients will even overlap between one recipe and the next. What are you waiting for?
Keto Mug Cake Recipes
PPS. There are plenty of savory options too, like keto appetizers and keto snack foods.
Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
This mug cake from staysnatched.com contains just 2 grams of carbs, while also offering an impressive 10 grams of protein per serving (there are 2 servings per cake). As such, the cake doesn't just taste great, it will also be satisfying. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is also a classic that you just can't go wrong with.
Keto Chocolate Mug Cake
Speaking of classics, how about a chocolate mug cake? This one comes from chocolatecoveredkatie.com, which is a fantastic place to find healthy desserts. The recipe itself is amazing, creating a cake that is rich and soft, with an intense chocolate hit.
Vanilla Berry Mug Cake
This mug cake is featured on another favorite site of mine, ditchthecarbs.com. The recipe is a fun choice, as it uses a less common flavor combination. This makes it much more interesting. The vanilla and raspberry flavors may also appeal to people who want recipes that are much less sweet, along with anyone who is a little sick of chocolate.
Pumpkin Spice Keto Mug Cake
While pumpkin spice tends to be a fall flavor, recipes like this from appetiteforenergy.com are good at any time of the year. An even better aspect is that this recipe truly does have the taste and texture of a regular cake. This is fantastic, as low carb desserts often aren't quite as appealing.
There is also plenty of flexibility. You're able to choose how much sweetener you include and tweak the amount of pumpkin spice. This helps ensure that the finished dessert matches your taste preferences.
Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
Cinnamon rolls have a classic flavor of their own, but why stop at cinnamon rolls themselves? This recipe from mincerepublic.com offers an amazing way to make your own cinnamon roll-like dessert that is also low in carbs.
Because this is a mug cake, the dessert is also fast to make. That's much better than investing lots of time into a batch of cinnamon rolls when you're only looking for a single dessert.
Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
Chocolate is a common enough flavor choice, but what about this double chocolate chip version from ketodietapp.com? The recipe is an ideal way to satisfy your chocolate cravings, without dropping you out of ketosis. In fact, the cakes are entirely sugar free. You can serve them with whipped cream, keto ice cream or yogurt to balance out the chocolaty goodness.
Almond Butter Chocolate Mug Cake
If you want something a little different, check out this almond butter mug cake from theharvestskillet.com. Almond butter is a relatively uncommon ingredient in baking, but it is one that works very well. The nut butter adds in an interesting flavor, while also helping to make the dessert creamy and moist.
Sugar Free Lemon Mug Cake
The bright color of this mug cake from sugarfreelondoner.com is reason enough to try out the recipe for yourself. Lemon is always an exceptional flavor for cakes, as it creates a dessert that is zingy and exciting, rather than one that is excessively sweet.
While the cake itself looks fantastic, it is the glaze that really makes this one special. As Katrin explains, the glaze should not be skipped. You could even poke holes in the finished cake so that the glaze soaks in better.
Peanut Butter Mug Cake
This mug cake recipe from alldayidreamaboutfood.com is another interesting style to try. It uses the traditional peanut butter and chocolate combination, but the use of chocolate chips makes the peanut butter more prominent than usual.
There's even an instruction video included on the site. While the written version of the recipe is easy to follow, there's something fun about learning from a video instead.
Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake
Chocolate is another popular flavor and Mellissa from ibreatheimhungry.com has an amazing version for you to try out. Calling this a chocolate brownie mug cake isn't just a reference to flavor either. The recipe has a distinct brownie-like feel to it, including the perfect texture.
Gingerbread Spice Mug Cake
This recipe from thesugarfreediva.com is a less common flavor for a mug cake, but it just as fantastic. The choice creates a dessert that is still sweet and enjoyable, without being decadent. This is perfect for days when you want something light.
Vanilla Mug Cake
This vanilla mug cake from ketosummit.com is another light and easy dessert to try out. Louise offers a video and a text-based version of the recipe, so you can choose which one you follow.
She also has various tips about making the perfect mug cake. As she points out, you do need to consider more than just the recipe. When you're making a dessert this small, factors like egg size and cup size can have a huge impact.
Chocolate Mug Cake
This cake from lowcarbmaven.com is a simple chocolate mug cake, but that's not a bad thing. There's a reason that there are so many chocolate cake recipes out there – everyone loves the flavor. The fantastic thing is that cakes like this one are entirely keto-friendly. You don't need to feel guilty about having a treat. So, go ahead and try the dessert out for yourself.
Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake
It's hard to go wrong with a cake like this one from hungryforinspiration.com. As you can tell from the name (and image), this sweet snack has all the flavors of pumpkin pie, without the work. A mug cake like this is much faster to create and is still just as satisfying.
Carrot Cake Mug Cake
Sandra from thefoodieaffair.com has another type of mug cake for you to try out. This one is basically a miniature carrot cake, one that is also low carb and keto-friendly. The idea isn't just easier than making a whole cake, it's also better for you. After all, having a cake in the cupboard can be far too tempting.
Keto Lava Cake
You don't need to miss out on the good stuff when you follow a keto diet. This recipe from lowcarbspark.com shows that you can still have decadent desserts that remain very low in carbs. The entire dessert only has 4 grams of net carbs, but remains just as amazing as a conventional lava cake.
Strawberry Chia Mug Cake With Strawberry Frosting
Who says that mug cakes have to follow traditional flavor combinations? This recipe from hungryforinspiration.com takes what you might expect and flips it around completely. The inclusion of chia seeds is a fun idea, especially as they're surprisingly nutritious. The strawberry frosting helps to seal the deal, making the mug cake even more exceptional.
Strawberry Shortcake Mug Cake
This strawberry shortcake mug cake from ketocookingchristian.com just looks fantastic. That’s all there is to it. The dessert is more complex than your traditional mug cake, but is still pretty simple to create. You don't need to prepare it in the way that the image shows either. You could just make it like a regular mug cake for something a little faster (but just as tasty!).
Peanut Butter Mug Cake
This dessert from colormemeg.com is more than just a peanut butter cake. The choice of ingredients creates a very interesting combination of flavors, one that you don't normally see. Meg also talks a little about ways to make the cake absolutely perfect. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the recipe to see what I mean.
Bulletproof Coffee Mug Cake
Bulletproof coffee is one of the most common parts of a keto diet – as Tisa from mysweetketo.com is well aware. Her mug cake is a tasty sweet alternative to bulletproof coffee. It doesn't have to be an alternative either. You could easily include both types in your day. Why wouldn't you? Trust me. This cake is worth eating regularly.
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Here's another recipe for all of you chocolate lovers. This one comes from brokefoodies.com and it's more than just another chocolate cake. The recipe is carefully designed so that you end up with a gooey chocolate center, without undercooking the cake. It's a delicate balance, but Idriss gives you plenty of details and images for getting it precisely right.
Healthy Matcha Pistachio Keto Mug Cake
This mug cake from hungryforinspiration.com is another one that has an unusual choice of flavors. This time, the recipe takes advantage of pistachio and matcha. Both choices are uncommon in mug cakes and the combination is rarer still. Don't be put off by the idea. Not only does this mug cake taste fantastic, but it also offers more nutrients than normal.