Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake with Frosting

Enjoy an easy dessert in minutes with my Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake Recipe with Almond Butter Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting with almond flour, carrots, golden raisins, coconut, almond butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, and cane sugar. It’s a healthier twist on classic carrot cake you can enjoy right out of the mug or slice into two beautiful mini-cakes with clean, simple ingredients.

Carrot Mug Cake cut in half as a mini cake.

Enjoy an easy dessert in minutes with my Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake Recipe with Almond Butter Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting. This quick recipe is made gluten-free with almond flour and includes carrots, golden raisins, coconut, almond butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, and cane sugar. You can enjoy this perfect treat right out of the mug, or you can slice it into two beautiful mini-cakes. It’s a healthier twist on classic carrot cake to satisfy your sweet tooth when you want to enjoy a single serving instead of baking a whole cake. This is my family’s favorite of my delicious gluten-free mug cake recipes made with clean, simple ingredients. 

Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake With Frosting

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Carrot cake mug cake topped with almond butter caramel and cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients & Substitutions:

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting carrot cake mug cakes in the microwave:

Carrot Cake Batter:

Egg: You can replace it with a flaxseed or chia seed egg as a vegan alternative. To make one, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it thicken for a few minutes.

Almond Flour: You can also use other gluten-free flours like oat flour or rice flour. You can also use all-purpose flour if you don’t need it to be gluten-free. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary.

Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as a substitute for maple syrup.

Light Olive Oil: You can replace with melted coconut oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.

Cane Sugar: Any granulated sugar like white sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar can be used instead of cane sugar. Or use your favorite type of sweetener.

Shredded Carrot: You can use a baby carrot, regular carrot, or purple carrot. If you don’t have shredded carrot, you can use grated zucchini or apple for a similar texture and sweetness.

Shredded Coconut: You can omit the coconut or replace it with chopped nuts or seeds for added texture.

Golden Raisins: You can use regular raisins or chopped dried fruits like apricots, craisins, or dates.

Apple Cider Vinegar: This makes the cake fluffier and adds the best flavor.

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ginger Spices: You can omit or adjust any of these spices based on your preference.

Almond Butter Caramel:

Almond Butter: Peanut butter or any other nut or seed butter can be used instead of almond butter.

Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as substitutes for maple syrup.

Milk: Any type of milk, including dairy milk or plant-based milk, can be used.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Whipped Cream Cheese: You can use regular cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese as alternatives.

Butter: Margarine or vegan butter can be used instead of butter.

Powdered Cane Sugar: You can also use regular powdered sugar or a powdered sugar alternative like erythritol for a lower-sugar option.

Carrot Mug Cake cut in half as a mini cake.

How to Make My Carrot Mug Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Step 1: Make the Carrot Cake Mug Cake Batter

Shred the carrot and set it aside. Spray the inside of a microwave-safe mug with non-stick spray or coat with butter and set aside.

In a small bowl, add the wet ingredients, including egg, oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cane sugar, until well combined.

Then, add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt to the mug. Stir until the batter is smooth.

Fold in the shredded carrot and coconut, until evenly distributed in the batter.

Shredding carrots on a small cutting board.
Mixing the mug cake batter.

Step 2: Microwave the Mug Cake

Pour half of the batter into the mug and drop in half of the golden raisins. Pour in the remaining batter and top with the remaining raisins.

Microwave the mug on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cake is set and springs back when lightly touched. Cooking time may vary depending on the microwave.

​Carefully remove from the microwave and allow to cool.

Step 3: Prepare the Almond Butter Caramel

Mix the almond butter, maple syrup, milk, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl until smooth and well combined.

Adding milk to the almond butter caramel.

Step 4: Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting

In another small bowl, mix together the whipped cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.

Stirring the cream cheese frosting.

Step 5: Assemble the Mug Cake

Once the mug cake is cooked and slightly cooled, you have the option of removing it from the mug and slicing it in half for two mini-cakes or eating it out of the mug.

Drizzle the almond butter caramel over the top. Spread or pipe the cream cheese frosting over the caramel. Sprinkle with toasted coconut or chopped pecans and enjoy!

Carrot Mug Cake cut in half as a mini cake.
Carrot cake mug cake topped with almond butter caramel and cream cheese frosting.

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake Recipe Notes

Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of sweetener to suit your taste. You can increase or decrease the maple syrup and cane sugar based on how sweet you prefer your cake, especially if you are concerned about it’s impact on your blood sugar level.

Microwave Variations: Microwave cooking times can vary, so keep an eye on your mug cake as it cooks. Start with 1 minute and then check every 15-30 seconds until the cake is done.

Frosting Texture: If the cream cheese frosting is too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk or cream until it reaches your desired consistency.

Serving Suggestions:

Add your favorite mix-ins to the batter, such as chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruit, for added flavor and texture. You could also add 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder to increase the protein. To decrease the sugar, you can enjoy it with a dollop of greek yogurt on top for a quick little treat.

Refrigeration: If you have leftover mug cake, store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Make sure to let it cool completely before storing.

Freezing: You can freeze the mug cake without the frosting. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. It should keep well for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Frosting: The cream cheese frosting can be stored separately in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Let it sit at room temperature for a bit to soften before using.

Reheating: To reheat the mug cake, remove any frosting, place it in the microwave oven, and reheat it for 15-30 seconds until warmed through. Add the frostings back on top before serving.

Can I make a gluten-free carrot mug cake without a microwave?
Yes, the great thing is you can bake the mug cake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Can I use a different flour instead of almond flour in this carrot mug cake recipe?
Yes, you can try using other gluten-free flour like oat flour or rice flour. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary.

Can I omit the eggs for a vegan carrot mug cake?
Yes, you can use a flaxseed or chia seed egg as a vegan alternative. To make one, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken.

Can I use regular sugar instead of cane sugar?
Yes, you can use any granulated sugar, like white sugar, brown sugar, or coconut sugar, as a substitute for cane sugar in this easy recipe.

Can I make the cream cheese frosting ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the cream cheese frosting ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Can I use a cream cheese icing?
Yes, you can add omit the butter and add some milk or unsweetened almond milk to the cream cheese and powdered sugar until you get an icing consistency.

Do you love mug cakes? Check out more of my easy and healthier mug cake recipes:

Carrot Mug Cake cut in half as a mini cake.

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake with Frosting

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Enjoy an easy dessert in minutes with my Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mug Cake Recipe with Almond Butter Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting with almond flour, carrots, golden raisins, coconut, almond butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, and cane sugar. It's a healthier twist on classic carrot cake you can enjoy right out of the mug or slice into two beautiful mini-cakes with clean, simple ingredients.
5 from 8 votes
Servings 2
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients
  

Carrot Cake Mug Cake:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons oil (light olive oil is my fave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch dried ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded carrot (1 baby carrot)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins

Almond Butter Caramel:

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • pinch salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Shred the carrot and set it aside. Spray the inside of a microwave-safe mug with non-stick spray or coat with butter and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the wet ingredients, including egg, oil, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cane sugar, until well combined.
    Then, add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt to the mug. Stir until the batter is smooth. Fold in the shredded carrot and coconut, until evenly distributed in the batter.
  • Pour half of the batter into the mug and drop in half of the golden raisins. Pour in the remaining batter and top with the remaining raisins.
    Microwave the mug on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cake is set and springs back when lightly touched. Cooking time may vary depending on the microwave. ​Carefully remove from the microwave and allow to cool.
  • Mix the almond butter, maple syrup, milk, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl until smooth and well combined.
  • In another small bowl, mix together the whipped cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Once the mug cake is cooked and slightly cooled, you can remove it from the mug and slice it in half for two mini-cakes or eat it out of the mug.
    Drizzle the almond butter caramel over the top. Spread or pipe the cream cheese frosting over the caramel. Sprinkle with toasted coconut or chopped pecans, and enjoy!

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Notes

Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of sweetener to suit your taste. You can increase or decrease the maple syrup and cane sugar based on how sweet you prefer your cake.
Microwave Variations: Microwave cooking times can vary, so keep an eye on your mug cake as it cooks. Start with 1 minute and then check every 15-30 seconds until the cake is done.
Frosting Texture: If the cream cheese frosting is too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk or cream until it reaches your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 10gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 4gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 1396IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 2mg
Keyword almond butter caramel, carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, microwave cake, mug cake
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Cake in a mug!!! It tastes just like carrot cake. I didn’t have cream cheese so I used some whipped cream instead. Great recipe!

5 from 8 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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