Desserts & Treats

Paleo Chocolate Ginger Molasses Mug Cake

May, 2020

Did you know that cake could actually be healthy?! Healthy and cake in the same sentence, crazy right? This delicious paleo chocolate mug cake is one of the simplest paleo desserts you can have right now! My recipe is super simple, no fuss and uses nutritional ingredients to keep you adding nutrition in every aspect of your diet and lifestyle!

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Spoonful of chocolate mug cake with dessicated coconut laid on a white mug

This easy recipe is a spin on my paleo breakfast muffins recipe. I realised, the texture could be modified just a little to make it into a cake, then of course, add some rich cocoa powder and you’re left with absolute pleasure in your mouth!

This simple mug cake is so easy because it is made quickly in the microwave. This reduces the wait time significantly! I’m telling you, it’s so easy you might as well just make it right now! 

The recipe is super moist and fluffy with a delicious velvety texture! Seriously, it will take you no more than 5 minutes to whip this little treat together!

Picture showing the different ingredients needed to make a chocolate mug cake

Ingredients to make this easy chocolate mug cake

  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut flour
  • Tapioca (or arrowroot) flour
  • Organic blackstrap molasses
  • Unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Eggs

How to make this quick microwave cake

Time needed: 1 minute.

  1. Start by melting a tablespoon of coconut oil in your favourite mug.

    I usually melt this and swirl it around a little in the mug to coat the sides

  2. Next, add your dry ingredients first.

    This ensures that the coconut milk won’t go hard from adding any cold ingredients to the mix.

  3. Then, add your wet ingredients.

    Give the mix a good stir through with a fork or a small whisk

  4. Place the mug in the microwave for about a minute and 20 seconds.

    This would be much shorter about a minute if the wattage of your microwave is higher.

  5. Once done, simply serve with your favourite topping and enjoy!

    Let it cool for just a minute but eat immediately! It has a much more velvety texture when its warm!

Chocolate mug cake with dessicated coconut on top in a white mug

What to top a healthy mug cake with?

  • Strawberries
  • Dessicated Coconut
  • Almond butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Bananas
  • Melted chocolate
  • Chocolate chips

Organic Blackstrap Molasses

I’ve been incorporating molasses in my life to holistically overcome my “being on the verge of anaemia”. Well, really, what my GP wanted me to do was down a few iron tablets and I was just like “no, I’ll find another way thanks”. 

Whenever I take molasses, I see a boost in my energy levels, especially during my cycle, it has a way of making me feel that much better. Although, it doesn’t completely get rid of the cramps but that’s another story.

I talk more about these molasses and the benefits in my iced tea molasses recipe here. Trust me, it’s a great item to have around!

What this paleo chocolate mug cake tastes like

This Paleo Chocolate Ginger Molasses Mug Cake gives me so much comfort. It’s like a little pick-me-up when I just need something to warm my soul. I love that it’s not uber-sweet, so in a sense, I’m not feeding my sugar giant.

It is super moist and has an extra fluffiness. Let it cool for just a minute before digging in and the centre of the cake will still be a little molten, which amps the velvety texture in your mouth.

It has all the feels of warmth from the cinnamon and ginger while the molasses leave it with a very distinct flavour, partnering wonderfully with the cocoa powder. I simply love it. I don’t eat it all the time but when I do, I savour every bite!

Spoonful of chocolate cake laid on a white mug placed on a white plate with dessicated coconut to garnish
5 from 1 vote
Spoonful of chocolate mug cake with dessicated coconut laid on a white mug
Paleo Chocolate Ginger Molasses Mug Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins

Paleo Chocolate Ginger Molasses Mug Cake with a cashew butter topping

Course: Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: Baked Goods, Paleo
Keyword: paleo
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: WhittyPaleo
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp organic blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or homemade)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  1. Add your ingredients to your mug in the order of the list* and stir well.
  2. Place in your microwave* for 1 minute 20 seconds.
  3. Let cool for a minute. Serve and enjoy

Recipe Notes

*Adding the ingredients in order should prevent you adding some cold milk to your oil to avoid it hardening
** I have a 700W microwave so adjust timings accordingly
Lastly, your cake may have a molten effect in the middle when done – this is fine, if you leave as is; your cake will still be cooking so allowing it to rest works. You could also just stir this through your cake, I found it helped to keep the cake extremely moist!

The size of this cake means it can actually be shared by 2 people.. (just letting you know lol!)

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me see your reviews by leaving a comment below or tagging me on Instagram @whittypaleo!

Whitney 🙂
Two images of chocolate cake in a white mug on a white plate

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    March, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Is there a possibility of baking in a toaster oven? I don’t own a microwave oven and this looks delicious.

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      March, 2016 at 2:34 PM

      Hi Mel! I’m not too savvy on toaster ovens but I’m sure it will work.. I would suggest preheating it to 175C/350F and baking 5-10 minutes. Try to watch it carefully, once the middle starts bubbling out I would suggest taking it out to check the outer edges aren’t overcooking. You could also cover with foil to help bake it evenly. If in doubt, try cooking at a lower temperature for a longer time to be safe. Please let me know if it worked for you! 🙂

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    Raia Torn (@RaiaTorn)
    March, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    I need this in my life! 🙂 So glad I found it…

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      March, 2016 at 10:06 PM

      Oh Raia, everyone needs a mug cake in their lives haha! I’m so glad you did too, hope you enjoy this one 🙂

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    March, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    I LOVE ginger and chocolate together, what a lovely combo! This mug cake sounds amazing!

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      March, 2016 at 4:42 PM

      I know! The ginger comes out beautifully in the cake! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    March, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    This looks utterly alluring and completely delicious!! I can practically taste the chocolate molasses flavors colliding.

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      Ah the flavours are indulgent! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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