Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake

Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake is the new sugar free dessert in town, and this little gem so delicious! In just 3 minutes, you can be enjoying this low carb mug cake. It’s the quickest lemon dessert I’ve ever made!

Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake


Living happy and healthy is my focus this year, and creating healthier desserts is one sure fire way to experience happy healthiness!


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I mentioned in a blog post a couple of days ago that my goal for this year is no longer to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday. Instead, I want to be #FitAt50. I want to increase my overall health, and in more ways than just physically; I want to be emotionally and spiritually healthier, too.  I want to be completely happy and healthy, and I want to do it in baby steps…one day at a time.  Little successes will become milestones to keep my motivation going. I’d like to continue to help you feed your stomach and your spirit, too.  I’ll be posting healthier recipes (even desserts like this low carb Meyer lemon mug cake!) and motivational tips to help you stay happy and healthy right along with me.

For those of you who prefer indulgent recipes like this one (one of my most indulgent recipe of 2013!) please know that there is STILL a place setting for you at my virtual table. I’ll still be posting those tasty treats, too.  I’d never deny you access to yummi comfort foods!  🙂

Feeling Positive about Lemons (and Mug Cakes)

Have you noticed how often lemons are associated with negativity? People say things like “Don’t be a sour puss.” or “When life gives you lemons, add sugar (or tequila!) and make lemonade.”  I’m here to say that lemons make me smile. They’re bright and they remind me of sunshine. Oh, and MEYER LEMONS are the best, because they’ve got a sweetness about them that you won’t find in traditional lemons.  Adam from The Unorthodox Epicure blogged all about the fruit in his post, “Meyer Lemons 101”. I received a bag full of them from my friends at Frieda’s Produce (thanks Frieda’s!) and when sunshine like that arrives in the middle of a dreary, cold winter, it’s time to celebrate happiness and healthiness!

low carb meyer lemon mug cake topped with sugar free whipped cream and fresh berries


I made this delicious Meyer Lemon Mug Cake Recipe lower in carbs by replacing the traditional, all-purpose flour with my favorite substitute, . It’s only got 6 net carbs per serving! You can find it in most whole food stores, but I buy mine in a 4-pack from Amazon to keep the cost down.  If you want or need the recipe to be gluten free, you can substitute almond meal instead.

As far as artificial sweeteners go, I’m partial to either erythritol or the low-glycemic “Pre-Sweet™” from NuNaturals. You can substitute just about any granulated (non-liquid) form of sweetener that you’d like, and of course, you can always use real sugar, too. If you use liquid sweeteners, you’ll need to reduce the amount of dry ingredients accordingly.

SO TELL ME… What’s one thing you want to do to make 2014 a great one? I look forward to seeing your answers! Oh, and if there’s something I can do to help with that (a recipe you’d like to see or a topic you’d like me to discuss), please leave a comment below this post to let me know.

So who’s ready to make a delicious, healthy low carb dessert… in less than 3 minutes?!  How is that even possible?! Grab your apron and I’ll meet you in the kitchen to show you!

Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake Recipe

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Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake

Prep Time 2 min Cook Time 1 min Yields 2

This Meyer lemon mug cake recipe from ItsYummi.com is low carb, gluten-free, and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. A quick, easy, delicious dessert!


  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar substitute of your choice (I used NuNaturals PreSweetTM)
  • Zest and juice of one Meyer lemon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • fresh mint (optional, for garnish)
  • fresh berries (optional, for garnish)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk almond flour, sugar substitute, lemon zest, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add lemon juice, melted butter and egg, and stir until well combined.
  3. Divide mixture between two microwave-safe mugs and microwave each separately for 1 minute and 20 seconds (if your microwave is stronger than 1000 watts, reduce time by 15 seconds).
  4. Remove from microwave, top with whipped cream, fresh berries, and mint.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from All Day I Dream about Food

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25 Replies to "Low Carb Meyer Lemon Mug Cake"

  • Allison May 23, 2014 (8:55 pm)

    This is THE BEST paleo/low-carb mug cake I have ever had!! The texture was perfect: moist and cake-like. Too many low carb mug cakes I’ve tried have been dense and dry. I used 6 drops liquid stevia and 1 Tbsp coconut sugar to sweeten. I will definitely be making this one again!

    • Chef Becca May 23, 2014 (8:57 pm)

      I’m SO glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Allison. Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know!

    • Allison May 23, 2014 (8:57 pm)

      Forgot to rate it five stars!

  • Jodie April 17, 2014 (10:02 pm)

    Sounds like such a wonderful springtime treat!

    • Chef Becca April 18, 2014 (7:50 am)

      Thanks, Jodie! It’s hard to go wrong with fresh fruit 🙂

  • [email protected] Tastes Good April 17, 2014 (11:46 am)

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never tried that low carb baking mix – I’m going to be on the look out for it. I feel so much better when I limit my carb intake! It just works for me!! As far as making 2014 great, I am exercising more, so I can be healthy and strong 🙂 Thanks for a great post!

    • Chef Becca April 17, 2014 (11:49 am)

      I hope you’re able to find the baking mix, Marion! If you can’t find it locally, you can order it from Amazon. I get mine there, because it’s a much better bang for my buck 🙂

  • Mary Ellen April 17, 2014 (11:39 am)

    I love mug cakes. They are so quick to make and no leftovers to tempt me.

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  • Amy @ {Life to the Full} January 12, 2014 (5:52 pm)

    Great recipe – lemon cake sounds SO good 🙂 Thanks for sharing this creative recipe!

  • Gloria // Simply Gloria January 5, 2014 (9:05 pm)

    I love everything about this creative recipe, Becca. But, the lemon is what is calling my name!

    • Becca Heflin January 5, 2014 (11:04 pm)

      Hehe…Meyer lemon has that effect on me too! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats January 5, 2014 (1:30 pm)

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicious Becca, so glad that the healthy wednesday group is back together but understand why you took a break during the holiday. Heck I was even posting sweet treats, but alas a new year and a healthy start! 🙂 Pinning, thanks for sharing!

    • Becca Heflin January 5, 2014 (11:09 pm)

      A new year, a fresh start, a better version of us, right Krista?! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Katie Clark January 4, 2014 (10:44 pm)

    I love mug cakes, and anything with lemon. Yum! I can’t wait to try this out 🙂

  • Karyn - Pint Sized Baker January 4, 2014 (10:16 pm)

    That looks wonderful! I just picked up a bag of Meyer Lemons and I can’t wait to use them! Fit at 50 sounds like just as great of a goal. You can drop 50 pounds and still be out of shape!

    • Becca Heflin January 4, 2014 (10:49 pm)

      Thank you, and I think you may be right!

  • Nicole January 4, 2014 (9:55 pm)

    I absolutely adore lemons too! My 2014 goal (besides eating healthier) is to spend much less time on social media. It’s a time-suck 🙂

    • Becca Heflin January 4, 2014 (10:51 pm)

      Indeed it is, but I think it’s also a necessary evil for bloggers. I’ve started setting alarms to keep myself in check

  • Gillian @ The Haas Machine January 4, 2014 (8:50 pm)

    Mmm! I love lemon things, so I will definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing Becca!

  • Karen @ Baking In A Tornado January 4, 2014 (11:22 am)

    I love these mug cakes because everyone can have their own favorite flavor. I’ve done the chocolate ones before for the kids but never even thought of a Lemon one. This one would be for me!

    • Becca Heflin January 4, 2014 (10:52 pm)

      Very true, Karen! I love desserts that are versatile, don’t you? 🙂

  • adam @unorthodoxepicure January 4, 2014 (9:57 am)

    Looks divine, Becca! I’ve been harvesting Meyer Lemons for the past few weeks and have hit a wall about what to make next — until now! Happy 2014!

    • Becca Heflin January 4, 2014 (4:31 pm)

      Thanks, Adam! Microwaving cakes isn’t something I’d normally endorse, but after I tried this recipe, I knew it was a keeper! If you have a high watt microwave, cut back on the cook time by about 15-20 seconds, though. Unless you like sponge cake 😉

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