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Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

Packed with real fruit and topped with homemade vanilla whipped cream, this Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake is a super quick low-carb dessert full of bright strawberry flavor. It’s so easy to make, and the slightly tart flavor of the strawberries pairs perfectly with the light sweetness of the cream.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cream Cake Recipe

Is there anything better than a decadent dessert that you don’t have to slave over? With this super quick recipe, you’ll have a sweetly tart low-carb cake ready to go in less than 5 minutes. It’s perfect for a Keto diet, with most of the sweetness coming from real fruit.

Strawberries and cream is a classic dessert combo, and this recipe is a great example of why it works so well. The tart strawberries balance out the sweet cream to create a truly addictive flavor profile. And the best part is, you can satisfy your cravings in just a few minutes.

Why Do Mug Cakes Work?

The key to a good mug cake is the right amount of baking soda. It makes the air in the batter expand, creating bubbles that cause the cake to rise. It takes a while for the heat to reach the center of your cake in a conventional oven, while the microwave cooks the inside of the cake first, speeding up this process.

A tray with a mug cake, two spoons and two strawberries on it.

What You’ll Need

Full of fresh and simple ingredients, this cake uses things you probably already have lying around your kitchen. Check out the printable recipe card below for the exact amounts you’ll need.

  • Almond Flour
  • Sweetener: I use a sugar substitute to keep it low-carb.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Heavy Cream: You may also see this labeled as heavy whipping cream.
  • Egg: Beaten first in a separate bowl.
  • Butter: Melted.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Strawberries: Diced, with 1 whole strawberry for garnish.
The dry ingredients for Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake being mixed together in a mug.

How to Make Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

This cake is ridiculously quick and easy to make. First, we’ll go over how to make the cake base, then move on to the strawberries and cream filling.

  1. Combine the Dry Ingredients: Stir the almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, and a pinch of salt together in a 12-ounce microwave-safe mug.
  2. Add the Wet Ingredients: Stir in the heavy cream, whisked egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and diced strawberries. Mix them until everything is just combined.
  3. Cook: Microwave the mug on high for 90 seconds, or up to 2 minutes. Test it for doneness, and add a few seconds at a time as needed. Be careful not to overcook it.
  4. Remove and Let Cool: Take the mug out of the microwave and it let cool a bit while you work on the whipped cream.
  5. Make the Whipped Cream: Combine heavy whipping cream and sweetener in a medium mixing bowl using your mixer. Beat it all together on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Taste the whipped cream for sweetness and adjust the sweetener accordingly.
  6. Top and Serve: Top your mug cake with 1 tablespoon of the prepared whipped cream and a strawberry and enjoy!
A mug filled with cake and whipped cream on a tray next to two whole strawberries.

Tips for Success

  • Use a Large Mug: The cake batter rises up while cooking in the microwave, and if the mug isn’t big enough, it will overflow. You may even want to go larger than 12 ounces to stay on the safe side.
  • Don’t Over-Mix: Be careful not to over-mix the batter after you’ve added in the wet ingredients. Overworking the dough can lead to a dense and dry cake. Make sure you only mix it just enough to combine the ingredients.
  • Microwave Times May Vary: Mug cakes can be a tad bit tricky, since everyone’s microwave is different. In my microwave, this cake takes exactly 2 minutes and 25 seconds to make. It might take more or less time in yours depending on the strength of your microwave.

Topping Ideas

The whipped cream on top of this cake is optional, but I always include it because it really brings the balance of flavors to the next level. I also love to fan a whole strawberry for garnish by slicing through it and stopping a centimeter away from the stem. You can add a little richness without too many extra carbs by sprinkling dark chocolate shavings or mini dark chocolate chips over the top of your mug cake, or garnishing with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

A scoop taken out of a mug cake topped with whipped cream and a sliced strawberry, showing the inside of the cake.

Can I Save Extras for Later?

If you have any cake left over, you can cover the mug tightly with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to reheat it, remove the plastic and pop it in the microwave for just long enough to warm it up. This should take 15-30 seconds, but the time could vary depending on your microwave.

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Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

Katerina | Diethood
Packed with real fruit and topped with homemade vanilla whipped cream, this Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake is a super quick low-carb dessert full of bright strawberry flavor. It's so easy to make, and the slightly tart flavor of the strawberries pairs perfectly with the light sweetness of the cream.
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 1
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 2 mins
Resting Time 1 min
Total Time 4 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Mug Cake
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener/sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 strawberries diced
  • 1 fresh strawberry for topping, optional
For the Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar substitute

Instructions
 

  • Combine almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, and pinch of salt in a 12-ounce mug or larger; stir to combine.
  • Stir in heavy cream, egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and diced strawberries; stir just until everything is combined, but don't overmix.
  • Microwave on high for 90 seconds, or up to 2 minutes. Test for doneness, add a few seconds as necessary, but don’t overcook.
  • Remove from microwave and let cool a bit while you work on the whipped cream.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine heavy whipping cream and sweetener; using your mixer, beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Taste for sweetness and adjust accordingly.
  • Top mug cake with 1 tablespoon prepared whipped cream and a strawberry; serve.

Equipment

  • Microwave

Notes

  • To Store: Cover mug tightly with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • To Reheat: Remove plastic and microwave the mug for 15-30 seconds, or until just warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Mug Cake | Calories: 404 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 41 g | Saturated Fat: 18 g | Cholesterol: 91 mg | Sodium: 119 mg | Potassium: 238 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 1010 IU | Vitamin C: 14.1 mg | Calcium: 175 mg | Iron: 1.1 mg | Net Carbs: 7 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipes, strawberries and cream, strawberry cake
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13 comments on “Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake”

  1. This cake mug was so….. Delicious!! l made the whip and added cinnamon and it reminded me of a Mexican cake Tres leches…. So yummy Ty🤤

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    Joyice Waters

    My mug cake did not rise. I was wondering if there should have been an egg in it. We ate it anyway and it tasted good but it fell. Can you tell me what might have happened??

  3. I’m sorry I missed this post cause I would have run out and picked up some cute Valentine’s Day coffee mugs for the occasion and whipped it up.

    Note to self: Buy some strawberries. 🙂

    1. PS: Made the cake today and it tasted very good with just the strawberries and some more marinated strawberries on top rather than the ice cream.

      My microwave is very efficient so I think I’ll have to reduce my baking time to 2 min 45 sec or 2 1/2 minutes in future. 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    I’m also a Top Chef fan and rooting for Brooke! This cake looks and sounds great! I love microwave cakes like this.

  5. So cute! I don’t trust my microwave with anything sweet, I think an angry hobgoblin lives inside it. 🙁

    Have not watched Top Chef this season, but I can’t wait for TC Just Desserts to begin!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Aww, what a cute and simple idea! Low-carbers have been making their “mug cakes” for years. Never even knew about a conventional one. Looks scrumptious! Now…wondering about a flourless variation. Hmm… xo

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