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Keto Mug Cake – Low Carb Pancake

Keto pancake for one, please! This easy keto Mug Cake – low carb Pancake is SO good that it will make getting out of bed every morning a total breeze.

keto pancake mug cake on a white background with maple syrup all around it

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So let’s talk about that mug cake up there. Admittedly, I’m having a hard time typing about it because I keep staring at that photo and thinking, “I really should go into the kitchen and make another one RIGHT NOW…”

Friends, this keto mug cake tastes like a pancake. (Especially when served cut in half — I’ll share photos of that version soon.) It’s happiness in a mug. And it’s so easy to make! This keto Pancake Mug Cake is literally going to have you bouncing out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing that you’re just a few minutes away from a ridiculously good low carb pancake.

You need just a few keto staples to make it and a few minutes of your time. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Keto Mug Cake Ingredients

Ingredient quantities are located in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Purchase this Coconut Flour

I’ve tried several coconut flour brands, and TerraSoul is my favorite so far. Their coconut flour is light and fresh.

Swerve Confectioners

If you’re looking for a sugar substitute, you’ll love Swerve Confectioners! It uses (natural) sugar alcohols which have zero effect on blood sugar, meaning you can subtract them from the net carb count. (That gives Swerve zero net carbs.) It also measures just like sugar, so there isn’t any guessing about how much to use. I purchase the 48 oz. bags because they are convenient and a much better price per ounce than the 12 oz. bags.

ChocZero Maple Syrup – use code FORGETSUGARFRIDAY for 10% off your order!

No pancake is complete without maple syrup! This stuff is divine and tastes so much like the real thing.

Other ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple extract
  • Medium egg (you can use a large egg, but it will be a bit “eggy” if you do)

OPTIONAL: For a slightly different (and oh-so-good) flavor, you can omit the vanilla extract and instead use 1 drop of Capella Buttercream Flavor Drops.

How to Make a Low Carb Mug Cake

Here’s what you do…

overhead view of step-by-step mugs for keto pancake mug cake

Step #1: To start, melt butter in a microwave-safe mug. Then add vanilla extract and a medium egg. Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are blended.

Step #2: In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, Swerve, and baking powder. (I don’t bother sifting my coconut flour, but feel free to do so.) Mix thoroughly to combine.

Step #3: Add dry ingredients to the mug, then mix thoroughly until well-combined.

Step #4: Place the mug in the microwave for one minute on high.

Step #5: When finished, put a fork in the mug cake and carefully lift it up and flip it over. If the bottom isn’t fully cooked yet (this will depend on your microwave), cook it for another few seconds.

How to Top Your Keto Mug Cake Recipe

For the best pancake experience 😁, I highly recommend topping your mug cake with:

  • Butter
  • ChocZero Maple Syrup
  • Swerve Confectioners

keto pancake mug cake cut in half by fork

How to Serve Your Keto Mug Cake

There are three main ways to serve your low carb “pancake”:

  • In the mug. This is the most convenient option for an on-the-go breakfast!
  • On a plate in its full shape. Pop it onto a plate, top it, and you’re good to go.
  • On a plate cut in half. In my opinion, this is the BEST way to serve your pancake mug cake! This allows the toppings to soak in and give you a divine pancake experience.
  • And… don’t forget the Keto Coffee!

keto pancake mug cake cut in half with toppings soaked in

THAT right there is a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Don’t you think?!

(If you need another reason to get out of bed in the morning, try my roundup of keto breakfast recipes! Including a variation of this recipe, Keto Blueberry Mug Cake.)

Nutrition Facts for a Keto Pancake Mug Cake

Note: The nutrition facts below don’t include toppings, so you’ll need to measure and calculate those on your own.

  • 146 calories
  • 10g fat (topping your keto pancake mug cake with butter will help increase this!)
  • 7g protein
  • 3.4g net carbs

keto pancake mug cake in front of a blue mug with cake split in half

Keto Breakfast

Many others keto dieters also enjoy these great breakfast options:

When all else fails, grab yourself some Keto Cookies, or use our Keto McDonalds menu to grab some easy Keto Fast Food for breakfast.

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keto pancake mug cake cut in half by fork

Keto Mug Cake

Keto Mug Cake. You will have NO problems getting out of bed in the morning when you know you can whip up one of these "pancakes" within minutes!
5 from 26 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: keto mug cake, keto mug cake recipe, low carb mug cake, quick keto breakfast
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 146kcal


Mug cake ingredients

Mug cake toppings (not included in nutrition facts)


  • Melt butter in a microwave-safe mug or ramekin. Then add vanilla extract, maple extract, and egg. Whisk until yolk is incorporated and mixture is well-combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, Swerve, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients to the mug (or ramekin), then mix thoroughly until well-combined.
  • Place the mug in the microwave for one minute on high.
  • When finished, put a fork in the mug cake and carefully lift it up and flip it over. If the bottom isn’t fully cooked yet (this will depend on your microwave), cook it for another few seconds.
  • Your pancake mug cake can be enjoyed in the mug, fully intact on a plate or bowl, or cut in half on a plate or bowl. (I prefer cutting mine in half.) To serve, top with butter, ChocZero Maple Syrup, and Swerve Confectioners.


  • If you don't have medium eggs on hand, you can use a large egg, but the result might be a bit "eggy."
  • You can also make this recipe with vanilla extract only or maple extract only (use only 1/4 tsp of either extract).
  • Nutrition facts do not include toppings.
  • Use coupon code FORGETSUGARFRIDAY for 10% off your ChocZero order!
Try these other delicious mug cakes and chaffles:
Nutrition Facts
Keto Mug Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 174mg58%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 6.7g2%
Fiber 3.3g14%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 52mg5%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.


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  • 5 stars
    Kept seeing pancake commercials on TV last night. We tried this recipe this morning. It’s so tasty and easy! It definitely satisfied our craving.

  • 5 stars
    I have been craving pancakes and none of the keto recipes are very good. This keto mug cake tasted like the real thing. Absolutely delicious! Thank you.

    • Hi Carol! Unfortunately, in this recipe, you can’t substitute almond flour. You need a lot more almond flour (about 4x) than coconut flour in any recipe (because coconut flour is very dense and dry), and that would cause the cake to lose its pancake flavor. I’ll try to make some almond flour mug cakes in the future!

  • 5 stars
    OMG this hit the spot tonight! I make a batch of regular keto pancakes that lasts me 5 days and didn’t want to use my stash but really wanted some to satisfy my craving. This was it!

  • 5 stars
    Loved this. Nice change from eggs. It came right out of the mug. I put blueberries in the empty and put them in the microwave for 45 seconds. The added some soft butter to them and poured them over the pancake. Ummmmm.

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Barbara! Great idea to add a blueberry/butter sauce — I’ll definitely have to give that a try.

  • I did recipe as stated, but with a large egg. Didn’t come out eggy….came out dry!

    • Hi Margarette, I’m so sorry to hear that! I’ve noticed that some coconut flours are a bit denser than others and can lead to differences in the final texture. If you try it again, use just 1 tbsp coconut flour and see if that helps.

  • 5 stars
    I’ve tried probably a dozen different keto pancake recipes and they were all mostly disappointing so I didn’t have high expectations for this one. I’m was very happily surprised! Light, fluffy and tasty plus quick to make! This one is going in my permanent rotation. Thank you very much.

    • Hi David, You are so welcome! Thank you for the kind review — I’m glad you finally found “the one”! 🙂

  • I love coconut & I could definitly taste (& feel the slight crunch) of it. I used half the amt of sweetener & next time will only use 1/4 the amt. But it was really good!

  • 5 stars
    So easy I’ll be making it during the week before work. It was super yummy too. I only had a large egg, so I whisked it first and added most but not all of it, and my pancake wasn’t eggy. I’ve looked at a lot of other “mug” recipes, love the macros and calories in this one! Next will make a pancake sandwich by slicing it down the middle and putting a sausage patty inside before topping off with lanko….NOMNOMNOM

    • Tina, thank you so much for your kind review! 🙂 Great idea about the sandwich — I’ll definitely have to give that a try!

  • 5 stars
    I’m a keto virgin, i am just learning and figuring out what I like. I LOVE these!!! Not eggy at all, the texture is so satisfying. I know I can do this now, I have found my go-to breakfast 😁👍

  • 5 stars
    OMG! I have tried many keto-friendly pancake recipes and was always left wanting to try another recipe. Not any more! This is the flavor I expect from a pancake recipe. Bonus…it’s made with coconut flour which does not cause inflammation in my body. Win-win!!! The portion size is just right – not too little and not too much; very satisfying. Thank you for sharing your recipe and I look forward to trying some of your other recipes. I plan on having pancakes tomorrow and will snap a pic and tag you in IG.

  • Amazing recipe thank you!! For me, this tastes even more decadent if you use maple extract instead of vanilla 👍👍👍🤩🤩🤩

  • 5 stars
    Delicious! I saw your comment about a large egg maybe being “too eggy” but I always buy large, so I used one…still wonderful! My new weekend go-to. Thanks!

  • I love this recipe, and I make this 3-4 times a week. It’s also great with Lily’s Chocolate Chips (about 10-15 chips), and I also think it tastes just like a corn muffin when I cut it in half and grill it on the stove with a bit of butter until lightly browned. Fantastic recipe, thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Sonya! I’m honored that it’s such a big part of your week. 🙂 GREAT tips – I’m going to try both of those!

  • 5 stars
    Obsessed with these. Made these two days in a row now as an afternoon snack, and I’m already craving another. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  • Ok, so decent recipe, but couple of things. It was very dry, next time I may reduce the cooking time to see if that helps but for today, I added a couple splashes of almond milk to add some moisture. Topped with melted butter and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice blend.

    • Hi Amy, Thank you for the review! I’m glad you were able to make it work – microwaves vary a bit, so the texture can change a bit depending on the microwave. I love the idea of adding pumpkin pie spice!

  • 5 stars
    Keto Mug Cake made my morning! It is so simple to prepare. I cut mine in half and used the ChocZero Maple Syrup. It tasted just like pancakes if not better. I will be making this again!

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