Big flavour, light texture: Try this easy, moist and sugar free lemon mug cake with a deliciously zingy lemon glaze. Low carb, gluten free, keto and suitable for diabetics.
We moved house a couple of months ago, and our new kitchen came with a fitted microwave. We’ve been using it every day. Sod the rays. Microwaves are so practical! We’re living with our mobile phones permanently attached to our ears. We’re breathing in the fumes of London. I drink wine. In the scheme of things, how much more damage are a few microwave rays really going to cause?
Especially when a microwave can produce such a wonderful thing as a sugar free lemon mug cake!
This mug cake, my friends, is a revelation. To think that you can make a perfectly delicious, super easy lemon cake that’s ready in 3 minutes!
By the way, my first attempt at making a cake in the microwave was this divine Low Carb Christmas Pudding.
A sugar free lemon mug cake was a logical follow-up, because one cannot eat Christmas food in, say, July without it feeling a bit odd. Lemon cake, on the other hand, is an all-rounder. A bit like this keto chocolate chip mug cake, which is a must for chocolate lovers, or this divine Keto Peanut Butter Mug Cake.
Let’s get right to it! This is how you make an easy lemon cake recipe in a mug:
1.) Mix your dry ingredients – almond flour, powdered sweetener and baking powder. Powdered sweetener works better than granulated sweetener in this recipe. You can make your own powdered sweetener by blending your granulated sweetener in a food processor or in the attachment of your stick blender.
2.) Add your wet ingredients – lemon juice, cream and an egg and mix with a fork.
3.) If you want to turn your lemon mug cake out onto a plate later, transfer the mixture into a bowl or ramekin which you have greased with melted butter. Or separate the mix into 2 mugs.
4.) This is how your cake looks after it’s been microwaved on high for 90 seconds! It’s moist and spongy – perfect 🙂
5.) Now you turn your lemon cake out onto a plate and top with your lemon drizzle glaze, which you have made with melted butter, cream, a squeeze of lemon juice and powdered sweetener.
6.) Serve and enjoy! Hard to believe this is a sugar free cake, right??? My kids, who are by default brutally honest, absolutely loved it. The cake I shot the recipe video of I shared with a diabetic neighbour who popped by. She also gave it a thumbs up 🙂 I think this is proof enough – lemon mug cake is officially a THING!
I think the portion size is quite generous. If you’re not ravenous, you could easily share this mug cake between 4 people, especially if you’re making it with the glaze. I have, however, calculated the nutrition for 2 servings.
You should definitely NOT skip the glaze, because it propels the cake from a delicious dessert into a decadently delicious dessert. If you wanted, you could even poke little holes into your lemon cake after you take it out of the microwave. That way, when you pour over the glaze it sinks into the holes and makes the cake even more moist and yum.
If you’re adventurous, you can even add some poppy seeds or grate some lemon zest into the batter.
I’ve made this cake with both fine almond flour and with ground almonds. If you use almond meal or ground almonds, which are coarser than fine almond flour, add 1-2 additional tablespoons of it so your batter isn’t too liquid.
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Sugar Free Lemon Mug Cake (Low Carb Recipe)
For the cake
For the glaze
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp double/heavy cream
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 tbsp powdered sweetener
- Grease the inside of a ramekin/2 mugs or microwave-safe bowl with melted butter. I used a glass dessert bowl.
- For the cake: Mix all dry ingredients - almond flour, sweetener and baking powder - in a separate bowl.
- Add all wet ingredients and mix thoroughly with a fork. If you find your dough is too liquid add a bit more almond flour.
- Transfer batter into your ramekin/small bowl and level the top.
- Microwave on high for ca 90 seconds. You can also bake the cake at 180 Celsius/360 Fahrenheit for ca 15 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and turn upside down onto a plate.
- For the glaze, melt the butter, then stir in the cream, lemon juice and sweetener.
- Let it cool until the glaze begins to thicken but can still be poured. Then spoon/pour over cake and serve.
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