Rich, moist, fluffy Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake made in just 5 minutes! This easy cake recipe is scaled down for one, and is grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free.

Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake - a 5-minute, healthy chocoalte cake recipe scaled down for one person. Grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free!

…Because sometimes you need chocolate cake NOW and you need it to be portioned appropriately so that you don’t end up eating an entire chocolate cake.

That, m’dears, is the purpose of the chocolate mug cake.

Easy Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake - only a few ingredients are required to make this 5-minute grain-free chocolate cake for one!

If you saw my Paleo Chocolate Cake recipe last week and watered at the mouth at the thought of it but knew you’d be far too tempted to overdo it on the dessert lest the chocolate cake fairy didn’t take it away before you could do any actual damage, here is your solution. It is…

  • Paleo (grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free)..
  • Super rich and chocolatey..
  • Fluffy, moist, and tempting..
  • Scaled down for one.

Simply stir all of the ingredients together aggressively in a mug, nuke it, let it cool for a hot second, and enjoy.

I like adding some fresh fruit for a little juicy pop of flavor (blueberries are my current topping jam), but you can keep this pure and chocolatey as well. Up for a little double chocolate action? Just add chocolate chips to the batter. Super into nut butters? Drizzle it on!

If you’re a lover of all-things banana bread, you can try out my Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake recipe, and step it up a notch to add cacao powder and/or chocolate chips. This banana-sweetened version is a great option as well for those of you who try to keep your treats naturally sweet.

5-Minute Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake - a grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free chocolate cake recipe for one!

Point is, there are plenty of adaptations you can employ to make this the star of your world.

For me, this mug cake is actual perfection because I’m obsessed with all-things chocolate, but I’m the only person in my house that consumes them (the boyf has zero sweet tooth). If you’re going stag on Valentine’s Day (no shame!), or you’re the sole dessert eater of the household, this one’s for you.

Stir, nuke, devour!

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Easy Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake - only a few ingredients are required to make this 5-minute grain-free chocolate cake for one!

Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake

4.50 from 4 votes
Easy single-serve grain-free chocolate cake in a mug. Delicious, rich, and decadent!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 mug cake


Optional Add-Ins:


  • Stir all ingredients together very well in a large mug until well-combined. Microwave on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes, or until mug cake is cooked through. Enjoy with any of your favorite toppings


*Save the egg white for a different use, such as an egg white omelet or scramble
**Or unsweetened cocoa powder


Serving: 1mug cake · Calories: 515kcal · Carbohydrates: 46g · Protein: 15g · Fat: 32g · Sugar: 29g
Author: Julia
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dessert, grain free, paleo, paleo mug cake
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5-Minute Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake made grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. This healthy cake-for-one takes hardly any effort to make and is absolutely delicious!


Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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    1. Hi Judy! You can absolutely bake the mug cake. You’ll bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes, until the cake has set up. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Okay, I would die if Brandon didn’t eat sweets! Whenever I recipe test desserts, I always make them a minimum of 3 times (because I try too hard to make them healthy, lol) and he helps me eat all of the fails.

    But there are some nights when I don’t have anything sweet on hand (and he doesn’t eat dessert at night) so this would be perfect for those single-person cravings. I love how crazy simple they are to make!

  2. I make a lot of microwave mug cakes so just wanted to give some feedback. Made this in two different types of mugs and 2 mins was too long in the microwave. Made it again since its so easy to make and microwaved for 1.5 mins and it was perfect (it continues to cook a bit once you remove it). Also, the second tablespoon of maple syrup is really not necessary, and I find it tastes better with just one heaping tablespoon. I added a few mini chocolate chips on top before microwaving.

    1. Hi Diana!

      I’m so happy you like it! I love the idea of a gingerbread mug cake, so I just put that on my list of recipes to make. 😀 Coming soon! xoxo