This cake batter mug cake tastes just like cake batter and only takes a minute and a half to make in the microwave!

Cake batter mug cake
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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 was 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 cake batter mug cake somehow tastes like that. It wasn’t planned, it was one of those nice little surprises when something turns out way better 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!

Looking for a healthier, protein and fiber packed version of a mug cake? Our protein mug cake recipe is just the thing.

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Cake Batter Mug Cake

Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Cake batter mug cake
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


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


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 551kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 48gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 618mgFiber: 8gSugar: 17g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Founder and Writer at Running to the Kitchen | About

Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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. 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!

  3. 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. ;)

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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. :)

  6. 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

  7. 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. 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 :)

  8. 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!