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Skinny Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Before the start of my journey, I had tried a few "Cake in a Mug" recipe that I had found on Pinterest. They were pretty decent but once I keyed them in to MFP, I was surprised ( Not in a good way) to find that the one I was using regularly was over 600 cals!! I gave up on them right then.


Fast forward 6 months, I still have a sweet tooth for something "cakey" but there is no way I will eat a 600 calories cake unless it was made by a pastry chef on a day where I Zumba and burn over 700 cals.  So I decided to modify the old Cake in a mug to make it more Healthy Lifestyle Friendly. It doesn't taste as  amazing as a full fat, full sugar cake would be but it definitely hits the spot! Here's the recipe:



Skinny Chocolate Cake in a Mug

( 136 cals, 25 carbs, 0 fat, 5 protein, 10 sugar, 105 sodium, as per MFP Recipe setting)

  • 2 tbsp Flour ( I used whole wheat)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 tbsp skim milk
  • 1.5 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Put all the dry ingredients in a mug

Add all the wet ingredients

Give it a good stir

Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes ( or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean)



You could also use an artificial sweetner if you don't want to use real sugar and I'm also thinking a variation with chocolate protein powder could be a good idea. 

15 votes + -


chanliteheart wrote 52 months ago:
Nice! I've never tried any of those cake-in-a-mug things. I'll definitely try this one though.
_Liz_M_ wrote 52 months ago:
Nice one and thanks for sharing.
LiziAB wrote 52 months ago:
BodyCombatGirl73 wrote 52 months ago:
My daughter had gotten a kit for her birthday and me too when I entered the original recipe into MFP, was shocked at the total calories! I may give yours a try since I too like a little "cakey" treat every now and then!
andreagenther wrote 52 months ago:
Wow. I have never herd of this but i will try your recipe tomorrow.
tanashai wrote 52 months ago:
I've got to give this a shot! I'm not a big cake person, but when the mood hits, it hits hard, lol. Thanks!
lovingbears2 wrote 52 months ago:
Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I am going to try it this weekend! Sounds good!
mgbasu wrote 52 months ago:
I'd never heard of a 'Cake in a mug' before. It sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will give it a try soon.
clarkeje1 wrote 52 months ago:
sounds easy, i wanna try it!
mahanaibu wrote 52 months ago:
wow, this looks great and so easy! The ingredients are around the house...I'll try it this week!
AmberleyAngel wrote 52 months ago:
Thanks for sharing. I'll give this a go ... maybe tomorrow. :)
jessicakate09 wrote 52 months ago:
Hey just wondering what the Apple Sauce could be replaced with? As it's not something we use regularly so I don't particularly want to buy some for this recipe ha..
gonzamm wrote 52 months ago:
Wow .. definitely going to try this. I love chocolate.
Betz63477884 wrote 52 months ago:
I think applesauce is the replacement for oils/butter

WDEvy wrote 52 months ago:
@ jessicakate09 The applesauce is a replacement for olive oil. If the extra fat and cals fit your macro go for it an use 1.5 tbsp of oil.
hollyquilt wrote 51 months ago:
love your blog, I am going to try this recipe next time I get a sweet tooth.
almulcahy wrote 47 months ago:
Awesome! I did the same thing, counted the calories of Cake in a Cup, which prompted me to find this.
Anonymous wrote 44 months ago:
My fiancé and I adore chocolate cake, but we cannot bring ourselves to eat hundreds of calories. This recipe is fantastic! I typically make a half-recipe and put a little peanut butter on top. If you find that you miss the icing, then simply mix 1 TBS cocoa power, 1/2 TBS sugar, and 1 TBS of water to make chocolate icing. Cheers!

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