5 Minute Dessert: Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup

4 Mar

What! A cup of paleo (and gluten free) chocolate cake?!  Oh, it gets better… it only takes less than 5 minutes to make.  How is that possible? You make it in the microwave!  Here’s how to make Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup:

Update 1/8/14: I’ve improved this recipe! It is now less dry than before :)

A Cup Of Paleo Chocolate Cake

A Cup Of Paleo Chocolate Cake

Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup
Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 2 minutes

  • 3 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder (unsweetened or sweetened, up to you… I had ground chocolate and cocoa powder laying around so I used that.)
  • 2 tbsp of Honey (if you picked sweetened cocoa powder, you can skip the honey!)
  • 2.5 tbsp of Butter (melted, just heat it up in the microwave)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tbsp of Almond or Coconut Milk
Ingredients (minus the coconut milk/milk)

Ingredients (minus the coconut milk/milk)


1. Throw all the ingredients in a mug.

Ingredients in a mug

Ingredients in a mug

2. Mix it up!  I used a fork, but you can use whatever.  I suggest if you want to use a mixer, to actually mix it NOT in the mug as to not make a gigantic mess (lesson learned for me the first time I made this!).

Ingredients mixed up

Ingredients mixed up (before I remembered to add milk…)

3. Pop it in the microwave and nuke it for 2 minutes.

4.  Let sit for a couple of minutes for it to (1) cool down and not burn your tongue off and (2) for it to be less moist. 5. Now enjoy your accomplishment and admire that it only took you less than 5 minutes to make it!

Mmm... chocolate cake

Mmm… chocolate cake

This is so yummy, I had made it as part of my Valentines Day Feast!  I kind of change up the ingredients each time I’ve made it, and I encourage you to try that out too! If you search online, this idea has been done a couple of times with different ingredient variations.  This is just the way I’ve stuck to recently so I thought I’d share!  Hope you all enjoy your 5 minutes chocolate cakes!  :)

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94 Responses to “5 Minute Dessert: Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup”

  1. Urban Paleo Chef March 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I made a very similar recipe to this, but stirred it over soaked almonds and let it dry as a coating. This is a fantastic recipe – thanks for posting it!!

    • Tina March 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      That sounds like a great idea! I should try adding nuts some time, I definitely have some almonds and pistachios laying around :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. CateyLou March 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Wow, I don’t follow a Paleo diet, but I am dying to try this dessert!

    • Tina March 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      It’s still a fun dessert to make! If you want you might be able to switch up the coconut flour with regular flour since you’re not on the Paleo diet! If you do, you probably don’t need that much melted butter/milk. Good luck!

    • Courtney August 28, 2013 at 1:22 am #

      It sounds yummy, but this is not paleo. Butter is (obviously) dairy. Dairy is not included in the paleo diet. In fact, it’s essential rule is no dairy.

      • Tina T. August 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

        Hi Courtney! Thanks for dropping by, while butter does contain dairy, many people that eat the paleo diet actually allow it in the personal diets. A good resource on the facts about Butter and Paleo diet is: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/the-many-virtues-of-butter/. If you’re one of the paleo dieters that absolutely cut out dairy… don’t worry! You can easily substitute the butter with coconut oil :)

        • Joele Mangen July 7, 2014 at 12:37 am #

          I used organic coconut butter! And vanilla almond milk:)

      • Maral November 18, 2013 at 8:19 am #

        I made this with no butter, only used a few drops of coconut oil to grease the cup. also didnt use any milk, i added more water to the mixture till i got the right consistency and then microwaved it for about 2.5 min. PERFECT ! for the final result check my post on instagram

    • hannah August 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      you can also do this with cake mix then. just put 1/4 cup of cake mix in a coffee mug and add water ( just so its the consitance of pudding) and put in the microwave for 1 minute

      • Stella August 22, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

        Yes, I suppose you could. But then it would not be paleo it would be be processed cake mix with chemicals and things you cannot pronounce. Disgusting.

  3. Raina April 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    I tried this and mine did not come out right? :( My mix ended up too dry so I added more milk and it was still too dry? Any suggestions?

    • Tina April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Hey Raina! Coconut flour tends to be super dry compared to other flours, what you can try doing is: 1) Make sure it’s mixed really well, and then add even more milk until lumps are gone and it is not too dry/hard to mix or 2) you can try to replace the coconut flour with almond flour and then cut down on the milk. Or, you can also try mixing the two. I hope that helps!

    • Colleen July 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      I just made it a few minutes ago too. Exact measurements and ingredients and was nothing but crumbles!

      • Rebecca March 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

        This is my absolute favorite paleo recipe. I top it with avocado frosting and it’s perfect. It’s the first grain free baked good that I’ve tried that doesn’t taste like sweet scrambled eggs so thank you! Also- I think that those that are complaining it is too dry/crumbly/sawdust have microwaves that run hot! Try cutting the cooking time in half. I do a minute and then keep checking the consistency until it’s perfect. Cooking too long = sawdust. Cooking just right = amazing cake texture.

  4. Val April 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Love this…super easy dessert

  5. Brooke Schweers April 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Yum!!! What a delicious looking dessert. I need this in my life!

  6. Emma April 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Can you cook it in the oven?

    • Tina T. April 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Hey! Though I’ve never tried it, I am sure you can as it is all the ingredients to make a chocolate cake anyway! Definitely make sure you have an oven-safe mug if you’re going to do this. I would try baking in the oven at 350° for 15-25 minutes depending on your oven. Let me know if you try this out and how it goes! Thanks!

      • Emma May 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

        I tried it out and it worked fine, but it took a bit longer to cook. :)

        • Tina May 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

          That is awesome to know! How long and at what temp did you try?

  7. Cindy May 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Ummm YUM! I saw this on Pinterest and came right to your website then printed the recipe and tried it immediately. Oh my gosh this was so yummy. I didn’t have coconut flour but made it with Almond flour and it still turned out A-MAZ-ING! Hubby loved it too.

    • Tina May 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Haha, sooo glad you liked it! It’s definitely ok to mix it up and use almond flour! Sometimes I use both so I can still get a little bit of that coconut flour taste in it and not have it too dry :)

  8. NIki June 2, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Just as a question…I like my cake to be sweet (I HATE dark and even semi-sweet chocolate…) but I am hesitant to add more honey because I don’t know how much it will change the chemical reactions. Any suggestions? Maybe an icing recipe that can aid in the sweetness? Adding the 2T of honey was basically pointless for me, in terms of sweetness. Otherwise, I am eager to try making this again…I loved the consistency and density of the cake and portioning was perfect. Before this, anytime I wanted chocolate cake I would have to make a whole one and 3/4 would go to waste, even after sharing with my husband and 4 kiddos.

    • Tina T. June 3, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Hey! If it’s not sweet enough for you, one thing I can think of is maybe try adding almond butter as an icing when it’s done. Or, if you want to increase the amount of honey, add a little more coconut flour since you like the consistency of the recipe as is. Hope this helps!

  9. Charity July 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Im so thankful I ran into this on a craving night! Its very tasty! A bit dry so I poured akmond milk over the whole thing and it was sooooo good! Thanks!

    • Tina T. July 2, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Glad you liked it, Charity! You can also try adding coconut milk too. I do that sometimes :)

  10. Shantel July 26, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    This was A-MA-ZA-ZING!!!!!! So rich, and so decadent! I lined my mug with parchment, so fell out of the mug like a charm. Added a tablespoon of milk chocolate chips to the batter, and served with whipped coconut cream, slivered toasted almonds and strawberries… Total keeper! Thanks for sharing! :) :) :)

  11. April August 27, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I made this last night and it was amazing!! Soooo rich!! :) So rich in fact that I couldn’t finish it so I shared it with my hubby! I used almond flour instead of coconut and added some Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Delish!! :)

  12. Fiona August 29, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    First attempt it was very dense and dry and only came halfway up the mug. So I added a teaspoon of baking powder and an extra spoon of almond milk and 2nd attempt was a full mug and fluffy and AWESOME! (I also substituted the honey for stevia, no reason really)

    • Claudia February 24, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      How much stevia in place of honey?

  13. Kaitie September 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Delicious. Topped it off with some coconut whipped cream. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Ronalyn Hurley November 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I found it to be too dry so I’m going to play around with the recipe a bit and see if I can adjust the moistness and texture more to my liking. Your recipe is a great starting place. Thanks!

    • tsaitina November 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Hey! No problem, I would suggest adding coconut milk if it’s too dry. I do that sometimes :)

  15. Michele L. November 27, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    This was da bomb! Thanks for posting! :-)

    • tsaitina December 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Glad you liked it! Some times you just crave for something sweet!

  16. Alycia January 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    I used coconut oil instead of butter and almond milk to keep it paleo. It ended up being really dry. Thoughts?

    • tsaitina January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Hey Alycia, You can maybe try adding more almond milk or coconut milk. Or if all else fails, since the dryness is caused by the coconut flour, you can try using a combo of coconut flour and almond flour OR just use almond flour. Hope it turns out well!

  17. Renee Galligher February 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    I tried this and it was rich. Too rich. I made two – one for each my husband and me. We ended up only eating 1/2 and saving the remaining for the next day topped with fresh whipped topping – I know that’s not Paleo but I didn’t add sugar. Next time I make this I will reduce the cocoa by 1 TB, add more honey and more almond milk.

  18. Karissa February 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I was running low on some groceries…so, I omitted the egg, butter, and milk and used 1/2 cup applesauce instead. Since I’m not sure which ingredients make it rise, I also added 1/4 tsp baking soda. It was fabulous!

    I’ve made it the old way before, too, and while dry it was still yummy. :)

    • Ronalyn Hurley February 10, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Karissa, I just made it your way and it was delicious!

  19. sarah February 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    I just made this and am no stranger to paleo and coconut flour mug cakes. This came out like sawdust. Blech

  20. Sara February 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Do you have the nutrition facts for this??? So delicious!!!! ❤️

  21. Donna May 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I cannot wait to make. I love that its pretty much a single serving. thank you!!!!!

  22. Tracy May 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Just made this…added some unsweetened coconut and a dash of cinnamon. It was SO GOOD!! This will be a life saver when I get a chocolate craving… I can tell already :) Thanks!

  23. Tiffany June 2, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Add peppermint extract instead of vanilla. Amazing!

  24. Jess July 18, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    Hey, I LOVE this recipe. Thanks so much for posting. I’m Paleo and allergic to eggs, so I followed this recipe but substituted 1/4 cup of olive oil for the egg. Delicious. I want another. :)

    • tsaitina July 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      That’s super great info! Now I know what to say if someone tells me they can’t eat eggs and would like a sub!

  25. Beth G August 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I love this recipe. For my family’s taste, I cut the cocoa to 2Tbsp. While it is in the microwave, I throw a couple frozen bananas in the food processor or blender with a couple tablespoons of almond milk . It makes a banana ‘ice cream’. I serve this beside the cake removed from the cup drizzled with honey. So yummy. I also sometimes mix 1 Tbsp coconut oil, 1 Tbsp honey, and 1 Tbsp cocoa to make a chocolate drizzle. The chocolate and honey drizzle is the perfect topper! :)

  26. Michelle September 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I think I did something wrong…

    • tsaitina September 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Oh no! What happened? :(

  27. Debbie September 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    I am trying to figure out why there is such a difference in people’s experience. This is my third attempt trying a recipe for mug cake with coconut flour, and I am one of the ones who has it turn out too dry each time. Like others , I am following the recipe carefully. I starting to wonder if there are coconut flours that have absorbed a bit more moisture or something like that. The very middle of mine was not totally dry, but even so, it had something about it that had me reaching for a glass of water because I felt like it wasn’t going down!! I really want to learn to work with coconut flour. I have an auto-immune disease and there are many things I am not allowed to eat, gluten being one of them. I may try mixing it with Almond Flour, as was suggested. I shall report back if I get a good result. I am really happy for all of you that have had great results. It makes me want to keep trying!!

  28. Laurbie September 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    So sad — mine was more of a dark chocolate sand castle than a cake. I think my coconut flour was the culprit. Will try again with almond flour.

  29. stacy September 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    This recipe is not good the cake didn’t rise I wasted ingredients

  30. Vanessa September 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Mine was very dry & bitter. I used coconut oil instead of butter, maybe that was why? Any ideas on adding extra sweetness?

  31. Dominique Paul October 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    I just made this! Was craving something sweet and had most of the ingredients on hand so I went for it. LOVE it!! I used Raw Cacao powder and Coconut Sugar and it came out great!! Really hit the spot. I’ll be making this again. Thanks for sharing!

    • austin January 6, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

      What proportions did you use? I also used coconut sugar with raw cacao powder and it came out a little dry and a little bitter. I used these exact proportions and also substituted coconut oil for butter 1:1. Maybe I should add a little more coconut sugar and nuke it for a little less?

  32. Gail October 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    This looks like a great recipe; however, I got rid of my microwave oven years ago (no more food nuking for me). Any thoughts on how long it would take in a conventional oven?

    • Sharon Devi October 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      I was thinking the same too. I got rid of my microwave for health reasons. I read someone suggesting to bake it at 350F for 15-25 minutes or longer.

  33. janey December 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Bahaha. Love it! I’m sure those Paleolithic people got a lot of use out of their microwaves

    • tsaitina December 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      Ha! I know you’re kidding but this totally reminds me of a fun fact: If paleo people actually ate like people from the Paleolithic Age did, then we would all starve to death… because none of the veggies and meat around that era is even around today! So it always makes me giggle a little when people think that we are just trying to be caveman, instead of the fact that we’re trying to eat more real food and cut out processed junk.

  34. Bella January 14, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    I am new to Paleo and loving most of the recipes I find online. I followed this one to the letter – it was very dry so to save it I added cut strawberries while still hot and a little sauce. Probably won’t try this again – always disappointing when it doesn’t turn out.

    • tsaitina January 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Aw, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for ya, Bella! If you do want to try again – I suggest replacing the coconut flour with almond flour! The dryness is a coconut flour thing so this should do the trick :)

  35. Evelyn February 3, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    I made this tonight, using egg whites instead of the egg. Enjoyed it with a dollop of almond butter. Delicious! Thank you.
    PS, have you personally tried using coconut oil instead of the butter? I felt guilty using that amount

    • tsaitina February 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      I have! Both works really. I use coconut oil or butter depending on which one I have in my fridge or how I feel that day! :)

  36. Nadine B February 7, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    Just made this and it was so good..
    Used almond/coconut milk and Maple syrup instead..
    A little dry but didn’t matter (next time might add a bit more liquid)…Only ate half and Hubbie had the other half..
    Next time will try coconut oil instead of butter as we both love coconut…

    So easy and quick to make if you feel like something a little sweet…:)

  37. Amy March 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    I have made this twice this week for dessert! Both on nights where I really just needed some comfort food! Super easy and so delectable! Thank you so much for this awesome go to quick dessert recipe!!!!!

    • tsaitina March 5, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

      Aw I’m so glad you liked it!! Thanks for leaving a comment on your experience too so that I know!

  38. kate t May 4, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    ok to Use almond or oat flour? I do not follow paleo.

    • tsaitina May 4, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      Hey, I’ve actually never tried oat flour with this recipe, but if you use almond flour, I think that should work!

  39. Joann May 5, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    I used Oat Flour by accident and Ghee instead of butter (that was intentional) and it turned out fluffy, moist and PERFECT! Had to nuke for an extra 30 seconds so my microwave may not be as strong as others. Also, I added fresh ground cinnamon and a dash of salt. I would not use salt if you use salted butter. A little bit of coconut milk or organic milk ice cream with it knocked out my sweet tooth on it’s butt. It seriously tasted like a decadent dessert and I could not even eat the whole thing. THANK YOU for this one! I know oat flour and butter are not Paleo but still a healthier treat that is so delish!

    • tsaitina May 6, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      Dang! That sounds delicious!!

  40. Lisa May 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    I made this today and it was really good! I used ghee instead of butter and added a few raspberries into the mix as I had some to use up. I did mine in the oven and it was pretty perfect after 25 minutes at 175 degrees (or 350, depending on conversions). I think it could have been a tiny bit dry, but the berries added some moisture so it worked out pretty well.

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