High Protein Birthday Mug Cake

High Protein Birthday Mug Cake

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This recipe has been at the top of my request list for quite some time. I’ve experimented with a high protein birthday cake plenty of times, but the problem was always maintaining the white birthday cake color. Since most of my microwavable mug cake recipes call for pumpkin, banana, and the obvious key ingredient—chocolate—the birthday cake usually fell flat in terms of flavor.

But not anymore. Thanks to two key ingredients (more on those in a second), this high protein birthday cake tastes amazing and is far from rubbery like many healthy mug cake recipes. I’ll give you a few different options in terms of calorie and macronutrient composition in the recipe notes, but the recipe as is will only cost you 265 calories and packs 26 grams of protein in a single cake.

A mug cake recipe for high protein birthday cake that's ready in less than 5 minutes and packs 26 grams of protein into a 265-calorie cake. It's moist and delicious, just like real birthday cake.

Quick note: I know you’re here for an easy mug cake but if you have the extra time to bake a full cake, my Oreo Protein Cake and Carrot Cake with Sugar Free Cream Cheese Frosting are amazing recipes!  

High Protein Birthday Cake Ingredients

The biggest question I foresee with this recipe will be about the light butter. While I use light butter every now and again, it’s not a staple ingredient in my recipes. So if you don’t have any, you can swap apple sauce for it. I’ve included the macros with 100% apple sauce instead of a mixture in the recipe notes. If you go this route, be sure to double the amount of apple sauce used instead of subbing gram for gram with the butter.

I will add that the butter really plays a key role in the texture of the cake. So if you can work this in, do it.

inside high protein birthday mug cake

Coconut Flour 

Outside the fat sources for your high protein birthday cake, another common question is about coconut flour. Coconut flour is a unique ingredient that’s super absorbent and works amazingly well in baked recipes. If you don’t have any on hand and want to substitute all purpose flour for coconut flour, you’ll likely want to use at least double and maybe triple the amount gram for gram.

This swap would definitely add some calories and carbs, so if you’d like to order coconut flour for future recipes, this is the flour I use.

Warning: If you’ve read through recent recipes like my double chocolate banana bread or s’mores protein blondie ingredient notes, you can skip my following testament of love for Swerve, one of the key ingredients I mentioned above.

Swerve Confectioners

If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I typically recommend stevia as a zero-calorie sweetener option. I still love stevia and use it regularly, but I understand that some don’t enjoy the taste. So, I’ve been experimenting with other low-calorie sweeteners and have fallen in love with Swerve’s confectioner’s blend.

microwavable high protein birthday cake without frosting

Swerve is a sweetener that subs 1:1 for sugar and is made from erythritol and oligosaccharides. If you don’t have an issue with artificial sweeteners, I would highly suggest picking some of this up. So far, I’ve found it works a bit better in baked recipes than stevia. I got mine on Amazon here.

It’s also perfect for everything you’d use powdered sugar for. Such as icing, frosting, or coating for low carb gingerbread protein balls.

low carb gingerbread balls recipe

And yes, I’m using the confectioners blend. Since I rarely use large amounts of a sugar replacement, I wanted to kill two birds with one stone and be able to use Swerve for both baking and icings/frostings. If you’re going to be using larger amounts of Swerve, like in full-sized cakes, you’ll probably want to get the granular version.

Protein Powder

You can use any protein you’d like, but I usually go with PEScience Select Whey and Casein, Dymatize 100% Whey, or Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey. The macros in this recipe are with Gold Standard Whey.

If you’re using a vegan or plant based protein powder, you may want to check out my cherry chocolate vegan mug brownie recipe notes for tips on make adjustments for non-whey powders.

high protein cherry chocolate vegan mug brownie on a plate with whipped topping and maraschino cherries

Okay, that’s all ya need to know. If you make this high protein birthday mug cake, I’d appreciate you sharing it with your friends. You can take a photo and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff, join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party, or pin this recipe to Pinterest.

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Microwavable High Protein Birthday Cake

A high protein birthday mug cake with 26 grams of protein per cake. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword mug cake
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Calories 265 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 1/2 scoop (16g) Protein Powder vanilla or birthday cake if you have it
  • 1 tsp Swerve Confectioners or 0-Calorie Sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Light Butter
  • 1/4 C (60g) Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp (7g) Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp Imitation Vanilla

Icing

  • 1 Tbsp (15mL) Fat-Free Evaporated Milk or any low-cal liquid
  • 1/2 scoop (16g) Protein Powder vanilla or birthday cake if you have it
  • 1 tsp Swerve Confectioners or 0-Calorie Sweetener
  • 1 tsp Rainbow Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Mix all cake ingredients in a small bowl. Spray the edges with nonstick cooking spray. For best results, mix ingredients in a separate bowl than you cook the cake in. 

  2. Microwave the cake for 45-60 seconds, watching for overflow. If the cake starts to bubble over, stop the microwave and cook it in 3-5 second intervals until finished. (If you're doubling the recipe, cook the cake for 90-120 seconds. Do not overcook. 

  3. Once the cake is finished, mixed your icing ingredients except for the sprinkles in a small bowl. Top the cake with the icing before adding the sprinkles. Dig in! 

Recipe Notes

  • The entire cake has 5 Smart Points.
  • Entire cake with double apple sauce in place of butter: 245 Calories | 26P | 28C | 3F
  • Cake without icing: 180 Calories | 13P | 14C | 8F
  • If you'd like another frosting option, check out my birthday cake protein cupcakes recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Microwavable High Protein Birthday Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 cake)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More High Protein Birthday Cake Recipes

My birthday cake protein cupcakes recipe has an alternative frosting recipe using Greek yogurt instead of evaporated milk that you might like.

birthday cake protein cupcakes unwrapped

And for another alternate frosting option and maybe a birthday breakfast recipe, check out my birthday cake protein pancakes recipe.

birthday cake protein pancakes

A mug cake recipe for high protein birthday cake that's ready in less than 5 minutes and packs 26 grams of protein into a 265-calorie cake. It's moist and delicious, just like real birthday cake.
A mug cake recipe for high protein birthday cake that's ready in less than 5 minutes and packs 26 grams of protein into a 265-calorie cake. It's moist and delicious, just like real birthday cake.
A mug cake recipe for high protein birthday cake that's ready in less than 5 minutes and packs 26 grams of protein into a 265-calorie cake. It's moist and delicious, just like real birthday cake.


3 thoughts on “High Protein Birthday Mug Cake”

  • 5 stars
    I have always been a fan of mug cakes, but never really used the same recipe more than once until I found this one! It’s so easy to make, the texture is great, and the flavor is unreal (in a tremendously good way)! Didn’t like how much fat the recipe had in it (even though 9g isn’t that much to be honest) so I used the apple sauce sub and it was great! Also tried to sub pumpkin cause I wasn’t a huge fan of all the sugar in the apple sauce and it worked pretty well! Shows you how much I enjoyed the cake if I like it so much to try and fiddle with it instead of just trying a whole new recipe. 🙂 Can’t recommend this recipe enough. Do yourself a favor and make this already.

  • 5 stars
    This is awesome! I’ve never baked (or microwaved…) with whey protein powder, but I was impressed by the result! It actually has the consistency of cake. I also made this more keto-friendly by subbing the light butter and applesauce with 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream and 2 tbsp half and half. Turned out excellent; not dry at all. Topped with 1tbsp PB. OMG, heaven!

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