I know this picture sucks, but I had 3 minutes to take a picture. Busy days. Desperate measures. And I wanted to eat it. You know my self control.

Coffee cake still doesn’t make sense to me. There’s no coffee in it. I mean, I get it. You eat it with coffee. When I was younger, my good ole’ ma and I would go to a donut shop and get coffee cake donuts. I never ate them with coffee, so the name was dumb to me, but efffffffin’ A did I love them. I mean LOVE. And this little cake in a mug is pretty damn close to what it tasted like. And just so you know, I never called my mother, ma. Ever.

Sometimes, I really wish I didn’t love food so much. I’m pretty sure I’d be much smaller. And my thighs wouldn’t rub together while I ran. Then I could wear shorts!! But alas, I love food just way too much. Dang it.

So the other day, I walked out of a spin class 10 minutes early because I was so bored with the music. She was playing music from the Thriller era. I can’t sprint to that. I just can’t. I’m sure people feel that way about my music in the gym BUT….I got nothing. Now I know how it feels.

Has anyone else seen the Durex commercial for their massage stuff? Anyone else think it’s weird that the two people making out in the shower have clothes on? I do. I think it’s super weird. And unrealistic.

Enough about weird stuff I like to talk about. Let’s talk about a couple paleo products I’m into right now. Just a couple. If you’re looking for a snack that’s already made for you, you need to check out these 2 products.

  1. Nohmad Snacks. They have all raw snacks which include chocolate chip and carrot cake cookies. AND raw chocolates like peppermint crunch and hazelnut with sea salt. I was STOKED when I tried these snacks. I absolutely love them. And right now, if you use the promo code ‘paleomg’ you will get free shipping on orders over $25!! Woot! Cool noise, eh?
  2. Kolat Fusion nut butters. Like, whoa. Delicious. I even used one of their products in my mini ice cream pops. Their nut butter flavors include Blueberry Cinnamon Walnut, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Cherry Vanilla Almond, and Espresso Hazelnut. I want to swim in their nut butters. Well, that was weird.

And just so you guys know, this is definitely my favorite cake in a mug. I’ve made a chocolate cake and a 21DSD pumpkin cake both in mugs, but this one is the best so far. You’re gonna LOVE it. Like for real foo.

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Microwave Coffee Cake in a Mug



For the cake

For the topping

  • 2 tablespoons grass fed butter, at room temperature or slightly cold
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour/meal
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the whipped cream


  1. Mix all cake ingredients in a mug and mix well.
  2. Place all topping ingredients in a bowl and use your hands to pinch the ingredients together.
  3. Add topping ingredients on top of cake ingredients. Place in microwave and cook for 3 minutes. Let sit to slightly cool.
  4. While the cake is cooking, place the solid cream that has hardened at the top of the can in a bowl and whisk together with maple syrup.
  5. Top cake with whipped cream. Eat up. Amazing. Truly amazing

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  1. Dana says:

    Any idea on the calories on this? Just made it tonight and it is awesome!!

    1. juli says:

      no clue

  2. Dana says:

    oh well – probably better we dont know 🙂 I just substituted the apple sauce for very ripe half banana tonight and added a little allspice too and it was so yummy.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Yum! I was craving something fall so I substituted puréed pumpkin for apple sauce and pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon in the topping- delish! Thanks!

  4. Wendy says:

    I’m new to Paleo (day 12 and ever so ready for something like this so that I don’t cheat!)- Are Ghee and grass fed butter the same? I thought butter had milk in it? Please let me know, I’d love to try this!

    1. juli says:

      No they aren’t. But you could use either

  5. Valerie says:

    Delish!!! I’ve made mug cakes that have been good….even great! But this one is AMAZING!! So good…I feel naughty eating it

  6. Pam says:

    OMG, this is the BEST Paleo dessert I have yet to make! I love your humor and your recipes. I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes. And, as Valerie said, I also feel naughty eating it. I’ve been doing Paleo since mid August and now down 32 pounds. But, most importantly, I feel great!

  7. Yelena says:

    This was AMAZING!! I’m obsessed.

  8. Flo says:

    Hey peeps! For those of you who don’t have a microwave, I put mine on 240 Celsius and it took 30 minutes to set. Don’t be a dick like me and put your hand on the mug. You will not be happy.

    I think next time I’ll put some cream on it, it was a bit dry (everything I make gets dry, I suck).

    Also subbed coconut oil 🙂

    Thanks for another awesome recipe Juli 🙂

    1. Chrissy says:

      OMG! Thank you for the oven option…I moved into my new apt and the microwave broke a few months ago, I had a toaster over so never through anything of it…now I don’t know how people microwave stuff, it just tastes like rubber…gross…I can’t imagine the texture of a cake out of that little radioactive box (I’m not anti-microwave, just prefer the outcome.

      I may add some coconut milk to keep from drying out…thanks Flo!

  9. bree says:

    Can’t wait to try this! So, I know this sounds incredibly lazy seeing as the recipe is already very quick, but do you think these would turn out okay if you pre-mixed a few mugs for the week and then just popped them in the microwave as needed?

    By the way, your page is amazing. I make your recipes regularly, and love them all!

    1. juli says:

      i would think so!!!

  10. Issa says:

    Was too lazy to do the topping but even on its own the cake is awesome. Great recipe!