Cake Batter Mug Cake

This cake batter mug cake tastes just like cake batter and only takes 1.5 minutes in the microwave!

Cake batter mug cake

There are 2 things we need to discuss today.

One is the fact that I literally saved over $600 yesterday by switching our insurances around. Geico doesn’t lie people. When we went to Mexico as a family in 1992, I made my brother sleep in my bed because I was so freaked out by the geckos on the wall in our room. I fear the gecko no more.

He’s pretty awesome actually.

He can come climb in bed with me for all I care now if he’s waving $600 in my face. Money talks, Allstate walks.

Was it a pain in the ass to spend 3 hours of my day on the phone switching 4 different policies around? Yes, yes, triple yes. But so worth it.

Here’s my public service announcement: don’t become complacent and assume you’re getting the best deal there is!

Cake batter mug cake

Two is this here “cake”.

Remember when Coldstone’s were all the rage? Remember when you could eat a Gotta Have It size and not worry about the fact that it contains your entire day’s worth of calories? Ahhh, youth. Coldstone was good for one thing in my mind…cake batter ice cream. Otherwise, give me Carvel, the local ice cream joint or even Breyers from the grocery store, I couldn’t care less.

This somehow tastes like that. It wasn’t planned, it was one of those nice little surprises when something turns out way bett

er than you had imagined. I’m chalking it up to the almond extract. That stuff just gives the best candy-like/cakey flavor to things. It in no way tastes like almonds so I have no idea why they call it that, but I’m not complaining.

Also? It has sprinkles. They make everything infinitely more fun.

Mug cake

They also make for a bitch to clean up off a towel when you try to “save” them after their cute little photo shoot.

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, eat some cake!

Don’t miss this Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake or Microwave Apple Crisp for other quick, made-in-a-mug desserts!

Cake batter mug cake

Cake Batter Mug Cake

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

A cake batter tasting mug cake made in less than 2 minutes in the microwave.


  • 4 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 5 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  • pinch of sprinkles


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Grease a mug and pour batter into it.
  3. Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes until cake puffs up and is fully cooked.
  4. Enjoy straight out of mug with milk or remove from mug and top as you like.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85.25Total Fat: 8.49gCarbohydrates: 1.03gProtein: 0.17g


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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I hate wasting my day on the phone trying to switch polices for anything!! My insurance policy switching was a two day mess!! But I now saved $200 with some random company my broker picked out. Geico for me was higher!

    Your mug cake looks amazing!!! I have to make it and I just need to get the vanilla protein powder. Can you recommend a brand that you like?

    1. Gina

      I use Designer Whey. It’s the best I’ve found for taste while still being reasonably priced. I refuse to spend big $$ on protein powder!

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    3 hours!?!? Wow, I used to work in insurance in another life and it shouldn’t have taken near that long but woo hoo for $600!! Now you’ve got me thinking I’m gonna started shopping around come April before our stuff flips over. Our agent at SF wastes more paper than anyone I know. I want to say “you do know I can print all of this out online right!?!?”

    The cake looks amazing and I know it’s not spice cake but its got me craving it now. Might have to make a few tweaks with spices to satisfy that craving! :-)

    1. Gina

      Yeah, 3 hours was excessive but I had to see what switching auto & homeowners would do to the motorcycle and landlord policy we have with the other, then listen to Allstate’s pathetic attempt to keep me, then go research the other policies, then send paperwork for cancellation, etc. And of course each insurance policy is a different representative in Geico b/c that’s just how they are. Annoying but worth it for the next 12 months ! :)

      1. RawMaven

        The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

        3 teaspoons equal one tablespoon

        4 tablespoons equal 1/4 cup

        1/4 c equals 2 fluid ounces

        So if you buy a 2 ounce flask of almond extract, it will last you through 30+ repetitions of this recipe.

        Enjoy your treat

  3. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    Oh man, now I need to make some phone calls and see if I can get cheaper insurance…! You read my mind on this post…I used to eat cake batter ice cream like nooooo bodies biznatch (with brownies and strawberries of course)….and then I turned 25 and my whole life (metabolism) changed. I can always count on you for tasty treats that have tons of nutrition. I want cake batter flowing out of my mug. YUM!

  4. Kat

    Money talks, Allstate walks. – omg you are something else.
    oh and only you would try to ‘save’ the little sprinkles afterwards. you crack me up.

  5. Jen

    This looks way too easy. I’m so skeptical about making a cake in the microwave, but it looks delish. I will have to get over my fears and go for it.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Cake in a microwave is definitely “cake in a microwave” at some level BUT…it’s cake and it’s in 2 minutes. There’s a time and a place for that, you know? :)

  6. Margarita

    Hey Gina, is almond flour just almonds ground up to flour-like consistency? Hope you don’t think the question is too silly. I just wanted to make sure. Also, if I used the oven to make something like this, how long do you think I should bake it? …aaaaaaaand one more thing, thank you so much for introducing me to picmonkey… I used it in my blog post today and I had so much fun!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      It is! I actually ran out of almond flour a few weeks back and have been grinding my own since. I haven’t been able to get it as fine as the the flour I bought but it’s been working just as well even though it’s a bit coarser. I’m really not sure about the oven. I’d probably start at 350 for like 15-20 mins? Glad you liked picmonkey, it’s pretty amazing :)

  7. Jackie

    Dream. come. true. Now I can eat beautiful homemade cake filled with sprinkles whenever I want?! What a blessing and a curse this is! It looks delicious and I love that it’s not loaded with butter or sugar.

    And congrats on your savings!

  8. Ashley

    Another awesome recipe that I will make right away! I have been loving your blog since I discovered it a few months ago. Thanks for the recipes, the awesome photos, and the funny stories. I always look forward to a new post!
    I hate to bring this up, but I used to be able to print your recipes using the handy print link on the recipe. For the past few posts, that link doesn’t seem to work for me. It just opens a new page of your entire blog (and not the recipe, like it used to). Do you think I need to change some setting on my browser?
    Thanks! And hope you have a fantastic week!

    1. Gina

      Ashley- thanks for letting me know about that printing issue! It works fine for me in Chrome, but I just tried using IE and it’s doing the same thing as you mentioned. What browser are you using? I’ll try to see what I can do to fix that. Just another reason to add to my list of why I hate IE! haha

  9. Cara

    I don’t know what my favorite part of this recipe is – the fact that it’s grain free, that it tastes like cake batter, or that it has some of the prettiest pictures I’ve seen this week!

  10. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    I recently spent at least 3 hours researching different cable and internet options. Comcast was so rude to me it became my mission to find something cheaper so I could drop them.
    This looks great! My kids definitely think sprinkles make everything better.

    1. Gina

      That is the exact reason we don’t have cable anymore. Well that and their astronomical prices that they just keep raising b/c they have absolutely no competition. We don’t have Fios in my town so there is no other cable option besides Cablevision (which is just as bad as Comcast). I don’t want satellite and so if I want cable, I’m forced to go with them. I refuse on principal even though they send people TO MY DOOR to try to get me to renew. It’s actually been quite freeing without it for the past 1.5 years. Netflix and a friend’s online log in to HBO work great :)

  11. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama

    We didn’t have cable for awhile and I loved it! Hubby wasn’t such a big fan. When we moved it was not a lot more expensive to get cable and internet bundled instead of just internet so now we have it again. I was glad to have it for Mad Men though

  12. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    1. I’ve NEVER but I want to!! I’ve heard about these for so long so I don’t know whats stopping me from making one. 2. you sound like a commercial and it’s completely hilarious (you saved yada yada). 3. adorable plates. :)

  13. Alex

    I clicked because of the lovely photographs and was about to hop away when I noticed that this recipe is actually grain free! Nice! Is the whey powder necessary, or could I just add more coconut flour?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      It’s definitely not necessary. You could try replacing it with coconut flour but, coco flour is kind of finicky so the texture might be a bit different. You might need a touch more liquid if you do that.

  14. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Gina! I am IN LOVE with this recipe! I love all things sprinkles and funfetti and CAKE BATTER! And the fact that this is healthy..single serve… and quick, put its completely over the top! You are a genius. I wish I was running to the kitchen to make this but I have another hour at work. Lol no pun intended. ;)

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  16. Beatrice Boyle

    Hi…just stumbled across this site…like the brreezy informality! I’m 84 yrs young and like to cook, but I’m also the lazy type and try to streamline everything down to the simplest, sometimes spur of the moment way of doing things. I only use the microwave to heat veggies and bake a potato. Don’t like the rubbery taste of cooking raw. I have a toaster convection oven that I love, Plus a tiny nu-wave oven which I also love!

    For a spur of the moment craving , is it possible to use a cake mix (I usually doctor mine up)
    instead of having to buy special ingredients like you have here. Will it work the same????

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hi Beatrice- I would assume a boxed cake mix would work but I don’t buy them and haven’t tried it with it before so I can’t say 100%. I bet if you google around for cake mix mug cakes you’ll find someone who has! Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. JP

    Wouldn’t this be fun instead of cake slices at a wedding??? Hmmmmmm…now to work out the mechanics.
    What da ya think? Any ideas?

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