(Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug

May 18, 2016

(Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug

OK, I’ll admit it, I’m having way too much fun with this cake-in-a-mug thing.
I’m like a kid with a new box of LEGOs: endless entertainment!
I started with the Chocolate Chip Cookie, then it was the Cinnamon Roll (one of the most popular recipes on this blog), followed by the Chocolate Cake, the Apple Pie, the Brownie, and no later than last Friday by the Lemon Pound Cake.
Today it’s all about carrot cake.

(Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug

You guys should know that I love carrot cake. I love it so much that if I ever get married my wedding cake will be carrot cake with a thick cream cheese frosting.
But I rarely feel like baking an entire cake, mainly because I might risk eating it all by myself.
If y’all know what I mean.

(Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug

Enters the (Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug.
A handful of ingredients, a microwave, and 5 minutes and you’ll end with a carrot cake that is super delicious and perfect for a night in, binge watching Game of Thrones.
You know, just to throw a random example out there.

(Paleo) Carrot Cake In A Mug                                                                                                          Print this recipe!
Adapted from SouthBeachPrimal

Serves 2

1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 large egg
1 ½ tablespoons almond flour
1 ½ tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons shredded carrot
Small handful chopped walnuts (or pecans)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder


1 tablespoon cream cheese
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


In a mug melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds — until just melted, not boiling.
Add maple syrup and egg and whisk with a fork.
Add almond flour, coconut flour, carrot, walnuts, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix until well combined.
Microwave on high for 1½ to 2 minutes, depending on how powerful your microwave is.
In the meantime make the frosting by combining in a small bowl the cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Once the mug cake has cooled down, layer it with frosting and enjoy!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 255 calories, 20 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein.


  1. This looks so good. Carrot cake is awesome isn't it? I think it is because of the cream cheese icing. Your groom's cake could be carrot cake! The cake tasting was hands down my favorite part of wedding planning :p

  2. There's definitely something magical about the mug cake food group, I completely mirror your sentiments. Circa 2015, I had a pretty torrid love affair with a banana bread mug cake and have been meaning to brand out to other varieties. I, too, am a mega carrot cake fan, so I'm ALL OVER this recipe. It shall be dessert tonight!

  3. Wait, so if I eat the whole mug its 2 servings? So 510 calories?

  4. I LOVE carrot cake! I'm always looking for healthier twists on my favourite dessert so I will definitely be trying this!

    Claudia xx

  5. This looks amazing! Love the carrot cake flavor- that's a fave of mine :)

  6. Mike - I have been seeing quite a variety of mug cakes in the blogsphere, but I must say, your blog seems to have the most mug cakes in one place! And quick and healthy carrot cake in a mug means cake can happen for breakfast! And now that's awesmazing!

  7. You are killing me (or my diet) with all these fabulous desserts in a mug. LOL

  8. Big carrot cake fan myself. Without the frosting (I know, I know...) how would that change the final caloric stats?

  9. Love you cakes in a mug Mike, this might be the best one yet.

  10. Just made this! Didn't have the cream chz for the frosting yet even by itself...what a treat! Thanks for posting this recipe!

    1. That's fantastic Susan, I'm so happy you enjoyed my recipe!