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A black mug on a two black plates is filled with a black sesame cake topped with candy eyeballs.
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Black Sesame Mug Cake (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This Asian-inspired black sesame mug cake can be assembled and cooked in your microwave in less than five minutes! Plus, it makes a spooky single serve sponge cake for Halloween!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, halloween, mug cake, nom nom paleo, nomnompaleo, paleo
Servings: 1
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Michelle Tam



  • In a liquid measuring cup, add the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until uniform.
  • Add the black sesame paste, maple syrup, avocado oil, vanilla extract, and egg. Whisk the batter until smooth.
  • If you want the mug cake to look pretty, pour the batter into a microwave-safe mug (6- to 8-ounce size is optimal). However, you can totally microwave the cake in the glass liquid measuring cup if you want to cut down on dishes to wash.
  • Place the mug in the center of your microwave (it will rise more evenly in that spot), and cook on high power for 1-2 minutes. I have a 900 watt microwave and my mug cakes are done in 90 seconds. Adjust the cooking time depending on the strength of your microwave—decrease the time if you have a higher wattage microwave and increase it if you have a less powerful microwave.
  • The black sesame mug cake is finished cooking when it puffs up and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Don’t worry if your cake looks lopsided or collapses—it will still taste great!
  • Let the cake cool for a few minutes and top with candied eyeballs, if desired.



Oven and air fryer instructions:
Pour the batter into an oven-safe 6-ounce ramekin and bake it in a 350°F oven or toaster oven for 18-20 minutes or a 325°F air fryer for 13-15 minutes. The tiny single serve cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 30g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g