Rich, creamy, chocolatey goodness. These are just a few of the many words our family uses to describe Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake, a recipe where scrumptious brownies meet fluffy cake, and the only baking utensils you need are a mug and a microwave. Spiriteds, our family is in love. We have made this no less than eight times in six days. And, much to everyone’s delight, we’ll be savoring it again tonight. I have already made another trip to the store to ensure we have enough ingredients. The love is REAL.
Lest you think these declarations are a mere infatuation, only to be replaced by the next hot recipe, let me clarify. This is all from the girl who doesn’t like chocolate cake and finds microwavable desserts positively suspect. And we aren’t talking about Toodle.
True story, I’d much rather have a strawberry cake with strawberry frosting and pink sprinkles straight from the oven. Some things, like excessively pink cakes, aren’t meant to be outgrown. And yet, I absolutely, completely, and totally love microwavable Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake. My only regret is not finding it sooner. We sank our teeth into countless batches, attempting to get the recipe “just right.”
For the recipe to be blog-worthy, our family agreed the final product had to boast mass appeal. It couldn’t be a weird paleo cake recipe that only people who are forced to eat paleo would enjoy. Nope. We won’t have that, Spiriteds. Not in this kitchen. It also couldn’t be tough and chewy. It took us several tries. The first round had the right amount of sweet but was a little dry. The next round was moist-i-er (that isn’t really a word, but let’s pretend for today that it is) but tasted too bland. Eventually, though, K-Hubs, the girls, and I struck the right balance of ingredients.
We then proceeded to lose our collective chill over the add-ons and mix-ins. For example, we add two tablespoons of chocolate chips to the batter and then sprinkle powdered sugar over the final product. Neither is exactly paleo, but the result is oh so delicious. Next, I garnish with raspberries, if I have them on hand. The first time I bit into that combo, time stood still. Chocolate and fruit belong together. Always. However, if you don’t have powdered sugar or raspberries on hand, don’t worry. Just a spoon will do. Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake stands on its own merits just fine. It’s the perfect mate. As for those chocolate chips? Dark chocolate pieces will also do.
Finally, if you are all out of mugs, small dishes will also work. This is an important tip if, let’s say, you make this on the regular, the usual mugs are dirty, and the dishwasher has yet to be run. Or so I’ve heard.
Although the flavor is out of this world, Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake is actually a practical dessert. If such a thing exists. Namely, it’s:
- Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.
- A single-serving recipe that is ready in minutes.
- Kid-friendly and perfect for birthday parties.
And I’m not joking about that last part. This mug cake is kid-tested and kid-approved. Not only do I like it, but Toodle likes it, too. Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake will now be a go-to recipe for ALL THE PARTIES in our house. Messes be dambed, each kid is getting his or her own mug cake to make. And since this recipe is so freaking good, I suspect the girls’ friends won’t even know they are eating paleo.
In fact, Toodle’s schoolmate stayed with us after school one day, during which we each sank our teeth into individual mug cakes. I made sure to do the whole “you don’t have to eat it if you don’t like it” bit. It’s always a little awkward to eat at someone else’s house. When that family’s diet is distinctly different than yours, everything is a little more magnified. But, fortunately, she LOVED it. Desserts in a mug for the win.
Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake is how we win the battle against rigid paleo recipes that no one really wants to eat. It’s our family’s soulmate.
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1½ tablespoons almond milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg (or substitute of choice)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand chips)
- Combine ingredients in a deep bowl and stir until evenly mixed. Pour into a microwave-safe mug or dish.
- Microwave on high for approximately two minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Carefully remove from microwave as contents will be hot. This recipe is best enjoyed right after microwaving.