Easter Mug Cake: Not Cross Bun!

  • Prep time:2 mins
  • Cook time:1 min
  • Servings:2

This Easter mug cake recipe is all of the delicious flavours of the festive classic, but ready in just one swift minute and remarkably lower in carbohydrates and sugar! 

There’s nothing better than a fuss-free dessert option that you know also fits with a healthy lifestyle, and it’s even better when you can enjoy it for breakfast! This Easter mug cake recipe is fasting-friendly, vegetarian and gluten-free so is ideal for various dietary needs.

One of the key ingredients here is coconut oil, which provides plenty of health benefits; coconut oil encourages fat-burning, can help reduce feelings of hunger, increases good cholesterol, controls blood sugars and may even help reduce stress! What’s not to love?

As well as the coconut oil, the base of this Easter mug cake is ground almonds (or almond meal) which are a low carb, gluten-free alternative to regular flour in baking. They’re rich in nutrients, including unsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and magnesium, which may help support heart health and weight management.

For more delicious seasonal favourites like this Easter mug cake, head to our Programme where you’ll find over 700 low-carb recipes, exclusively available for members. 

Note: This recipe is best made in even-numbered serves (i.e. two or four serves) to save on egg wastage! This recipe serves 2.

Nutrition facts(per serving)


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 25g ground almonds 0.45 oz
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 orange, zest only
  • 30g currants 0.5 oz
  • 20g butter 0.35 oz


  1. If solid, melt the coconut oil in a large mug in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Add egg, ground almonds, baking powder, spices and orange zest to the mug and mix well with a fork. Gently fold through the currants.
  3. Microwave on high for 60 seconds (this may differ depending on your microwave wattage). The cake should have risen and be shrinking away from the edges of the mug (if not, microwave for another 10-15 seconds).
  4. Turn the cake out and cut in half - spread over the butter and enjoy while warm.


  • If following a gluten free diet, please check the label of the baking powder to ensure there are no sources of gluten.

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