5 Minute Dessert: Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup

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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98 thoughts on “5 Minute Dessert: Paleo Chocolate Cake In A Cup

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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.

  1. 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?

    • 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!

      • 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.

    • 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!

  2. 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.

    • 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 :)

  3. 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.

    • 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! :) :) :)

  6. 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!! :)

  7. 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)

  8. 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!

    • 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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. :)

  11. 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!

  12. 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. :)

    • 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!

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

    • 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?

  17. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  18. 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.

    • 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 :)

  19. 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

    • 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! :)

  20. 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…:)

  21. 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!!!!!

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. I read through a lot of comments before making this so I took some of the advice given by others.
    I made it with half coconut flour and half almond flour. I was low on honey so I used maple syrup instead. I cut the cocoa down to 2 tablespoons and added a dash of cinnamon. It was wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! I have a small 900watt microwave and it took 3 minutes for it to cook.

  25. I love this!
    I read a lot of comments before making it and I took some suggestions that others had made. I made it with half coconut flour and half almond flour. I also cut the cocoa to only 2tablespoon and gave a dash of cinnamon. I love it!

  26. I was really have chocolate withdrawals and didn’t want to make a full batch of cookies for fear I would eat them all! This recipe was perfect! I used ghee instead of butter, added a few Enjoy LIfe Chocolate Chips, and everything else was exactly as the recipe calls for. The batter was delicious, so I knew the cake would be too. When it came out of the microwave it smelled and looked so good I was super tempted to risk the “I can’t wait tongue burn” and just dive in!!!
    Thank you for sharing :)

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