Anytime Mug Cake

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Let them eat… cake! Here’s my recipe for macro-friendly and gluten-free Anytime Mug Cake!

For years, I was a low-fat, low-sugar, low-flavor snack food junkie. I knew all the ‘diet’ brands. And I bought all the ‘healthy’ cookies, muffins, and cakes in an attempt to satisfy my sweet tooth while staying on track to my goals.

Looking back, all I can say is, “eeew!” I can distinctly remember the dry, tasteless, cardboard flavor of sugar-free chocolate chip cookies that didn’t actually have any real chocolate in them. I would sit and eat the serving size, put the package away, and still feel dissatisfied. And, because they were so low-calorie, I figured, I’d just have another one or two in hopes of finally satisfying my craving.

Never worked.

Nowadays, instead of eating gobs and gobs ‘healthified’ treats that only taste okay, I choose genuinely tasty treats, made with sugar, chocolate, and (gasp!) even butter, and simply monitor my portions. Not only do I feel more satisfied because I actually enjoy what I’m eating, but because I’m eating smaller portions, I’m still seeing great results!

Let me tell you. It’s so much better to eat modest servings of delicious foods with real ingredients than digging to the bottom of the low-fat, low-flavor snack box trying to satisfy a seemingly insatiable craving.

Anytime Mug Cake
Anytime Mug Cake, microwave, gluten-free mug cake

Of course, if you find yourself craving sugar to the point where you’re eating too much and feeling sluggish or seeing hormonal fluctuations as a result, you can always work on sugar maintenance. While I’m an advocate for having your carrots and eating your cake too, if you find the sugar crash too intense and you’d like to manage your sugar cravings there are a few things you can do:

  • Eat more protein
  • Eat balanced meals
  • Get better quality sleep
  • Choose real foods over fake or processed ones
  • Use real sugar, not chemical-filled sugar substitutes

But honestly, it’s so much more satisfying to just go ahead and eat the ‘real deal’. And it’s worth the macros too. Trust me on this!

And that’s why I love this Anytime Mug Cake recipe. Made from real, tasty ingredients, easy to assemble, and perfectly portioned, this Mug Cake is a must-try craving satisfier and is super macro-friendly!

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Anytime Mug Cake

Anytime Mug Cake

  • Author: Tina
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: dessert



3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons milk (almond, oat, coconut, etc.)

1 tablespoon butter or ghee (coconut oil would probably work too)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons gluten-free flour

pint of salt

scoop of ice cream for topping

mini chocolate chips or sprinkles for topping


Place sugar, milk, butter and vanilla extract in a mug; mix combine. Then add the flour and salt; milk again until combined.

Place in a microwave to cook for 90 seconds.

Top with a scoop of ice cream and mini chocolate chips!


Nutrition includes using almond milk and butter. It does not include additional toppings.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 331
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 50
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: mug cake, dessert

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