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Little cacao cake with ice cream

Little Cacao Cake

This good + good for you cake requires one baking dish, 10 ingredients and 20 minutes.  If you're feeling quite deserving, make one per person. But if it's a regular night, I say two people can share this decadent dessert that will make you feel like you're cheating. But you're not.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, chocolate cake, paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe slightly adapted this recipe from the mbg website


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon nut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher, sea or pink himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder optional, but this will make the cake lighter and rise
  • 1 tablespoon dairy-free Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In an oven-safe mug, ramekin or small baking dish, crack an egg and gently beat. 

  3. Add the maple syrup and stir to combine.

  4. Add in the almond flour, cacao powder, nut milk, coconut oil, vanilla and salt and blend to combine thoroughly. 

  5. If using baking powder, add it now and stir well to combine.

  6. If you are feeling it, add chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts to the batter, reserving a few of each to sprinkle on top.

  7. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes for a fudgy chocolate cake and up to 20 minutes for a cooked cake. 

  8. Test doneness with a toothpick and, when ready, remove from the oven.

  9. Serve as is or top with your favorite ice cream or non-dairy ice cream, whipped cream or coconut cream and share with your favorite human or eat it all by yourself.