Healthy Microwave Cake in a Cup

**PLEASE NOTE: This recipe is good, but I’ve since created a MUCH BETTER “cake in a cup recipe” that I think you’ll love even more!  Here is a link to that recipe, The Best Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake!**

I love this cake!  It doesn’t taste just like your favorite chocolate cake, but it does feel indulgent!  And it makes “staying on the wagon” a whole lot easier!  Ya-hoo!


  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 C. Canned Pumpkin or Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 T Healthy Flour (Almond, Spelt, Oat, Whole Wheat, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2-3 tsp. Sweetener (Stevia, Splenda, etc.)
  • 1 T. Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 T. Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe mug or bowl.

Use a fork and make sure you mix it very well (you don’t want chunks of egg or pumpkin in there.)


Microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until done.
Looks a little freaky, I know.


Loosen the “cake” with a knife and put it on a plate or in a bowl.


Eat it just like that or top it with some aerosol whipped cream (better for you than Cool Whip, no hydrogenated oils), peanut butter, yogurt, fruit or anything else you would like!


Here’s the nutritional information for the cake without chocolate chips, strawberries or whipped topping;

Applesauce is slightly higher in calories (5) and sugar (2g) than pumpkin and all of the flours are similar in calories, except almond flour.  Almond flour has about 35 more calories, but offers 3 more grams of protein.

1 T. Chocolate chips adds 70 calories,  1/3 C. strawberries adds 25 calories and 2 T. of whipped topping adds 20 calories.

This is very huge and filling!  Yay!

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7 thoughts on “Healthy Microwave Cake in a Cup

  1. [...] I totally want to try one of the many healthy microwave cake in a cup recipes I have seen.  Holy [...]

  2. Oh my this looks and sounds so good. I added it to my list of easy healthy dessert recipes post that I just published.

    I need quick and easy dessert ideas badly! Glad I found you.

    • Melanie says:

      Yay! Thanks for adding my recipe to your list. I hope you love it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE treats and it’s nice to have some things that are “legal” and “yummy!” I have a couple recipes for protein balls in the recipe section of my blog and they are so good! I also love to make protein pancakes (I have a chocolate protein pancake recipe that’s my fav!) and they are so good too. I eat them for any meal of the day! Good luck!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Best cake in a mug I have tried! And I don’t feel bad eating it although our 1200 watt microwave did it in 1:45sec.

  4. Kira Gawlak says:

    A yummy quick cake for one of those “I need cake” moments. Topped mine with cherries and ate all of it. No regrets either!

    • Melanie says:

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I need to try it with cherries, yum!!! I love the ‘no guilt’ factor too.

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