Winter recipe – Healthy Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Winter recipe - Healthy Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
Winter recipe – Healthy Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake


What is better than a warm cake to sweeten a cold afternoon? This recipe is super easy to prepare, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free! Plus, it tastes like winter because of its cinnamon touch. I got it from Not Enough Cinnamon. Take a look:


1 tbsp unsalted butter melted (about 15 grams)

1 large egg

3 tbsp superfine almond flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 tbsp coconut sugar or your favorite granular sweetener

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp cinnamon


Cinnamon sugar topping:

⅛ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp coconut sugar

small pinch of salt


Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 tsp unsalted butter softened about 5 grams

½ tbsp cream cheese at room temperature

¼ tsp honey or maple syrup




Add all cake ingredients in a microwave-safe mug. Mix with a small fork or whisk until the batter is smooth.


Note: use a mug that can hold at least 8 oz of liquid – it will dome up, but it will not overflow. 8 oz is the minimum size.


In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon sugar ingredients. Sprinkle half of it over the cake (save remaining for another cake or as an extra topping).


Cook the cake in the microwave at full power for about 1 minute and 15 seconds to 1 minute and 30 seconds. Be careful not to overcook the cake because that will cause the cake to be dry when it cools.


While the cake is cooling a bit, add room temperature butter and cream cheese to a small bowl mix until super smooth. Stir in honey.


Place frosting into a piping bag or use a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole at one corner. Pipe a swirl over the still-warm cake (or simply smudge the frosting over the top!). The cake is best enjoyed warm.


Recipe Notes:

Make sure your mug is microwave-safe. This goes beyond metallic and non-metallic. Unfired clay also does poorly in the microwave, even if the interior of the mug appears glazed. Unfired clay’s ability to absorb moisture (even from the atmosphere) can cause the “cooking magic” of the microwave to diffuse, and essentially attempt to cook your mug and your cake at the same time – rather than just your cake. The vast majority of coffee mugs are ceramic and do not cause this problem. Still, occasionally you get the pretty, artsy cups that are beautifully decorated – but not the most practical.

Check the expiry on your Baking Powder! It is super important to this mug cake recipe, and as a dry good that often sits in your cupboard for ages, we often forget that it does expire eventually.

If you decide to make two cakes, make sure you cook them individually in the microwave.

This cake is best eaten straight away.

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