Sugar-Free Dulce de Leche Spiced Mug Cake is a quick-fix microwave cake with a real caramel frosting that can be enjoyed anytime. Up until a short while ago, a recipe of this type seemed so far out of reach to me, because first of all who wants to spend 20 minutes making a tiny caramel sauce for a single serve mug cake since, from my experience, the stove-top cooked caramel will crystallize if you cook a normal sized batch ahead of time and try to store it. But then Brooke’s Five Minute Caramel Sauce entered my world and along with it a whole host of recipe ideas that I’d been pushing from my mind because I thought they just weren’t doable.
In this recipe, I was actually able to reduce Brooke’s Five Minute Caramel Sauce down to a Quick Three Minute Single Serve Caramel Sauce and I plan to reach for this fast and fabulous sauce often in future recipes!
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If you read Brooke’s post you will see that she recommends adding xanthan gum to the recipe if you want to keep it from separating when you store it. This will stop the separation, although I’ve not had it do that when stored, but I didn’t enjoy the thickened version once it cooled, although still totally amazing hot.
This is a super easy recipe but it’s not particularly forgiving so be sure you don’t overcook it, and be very sure you always cook it in a heavy mug or bowl, a thin pyrex bowl might allow it to cook too quickly and burn (at least mine did.)
I really recommend making this smaller batch if you are alone in the house and absolutely adore caramel like I do. This stuff is just irresistible!
Dulce de Leche Spiced Mug Cake
Yield 1 Mug Cake
Sugar Free Dulce de Leche Spiced Mug Cake is a quick-fix microwave cake with a real caramel frosting that can be enjoyed anytime.
2-Minute Microwave Caramel Sauce
- 1 tablespoon butter salted or unsalted
- 1 tablespoon powdered gentle sweet (1/2 tablespoon powdered Pyure or 2 tablespoons powdered Swerve)
- 1/8 tsp of blackstrap molasses
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Salt to taste
Dulce D'Leche Mug Cakes
- 3 Minute Caramel Sauce ~ make it first so it will be ready to go on the warm cake.
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs. of coconut oil (melted)
- 1 Tbs. of water
- 1 Tbs. of 0% Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour or 3 tablespoons THM Baking Blend
- 1 1/2 tablespoons golden flax meal or 1 tablespoon THM Baking Blend
- 1 tablespoon Gentle Sweet or 1/2 tablespoon Pyure or Truvia
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the 2-Minute Caramel Sauce
Melt the butter in the microwave in a small but thick heavy microwave bowl or mug for a few seconds until liquid. Remove from the oven and add in the sweetener, molasses, and cream. Return to the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Although the full-size caramel takes 4 minutes this small amount has been getting a nice thick golden brown in 2 minutes.
One thing to remember is that is worked well in my oven. If you have a really high powered microwave....To be on the safe side you might want to cook this mixture for 30 seconds and stir then cook for 30 seconds and stir and stop when it turns a nice consistency and color. * It thickens more as it cools and it completely solid in the fridge. It will burn if overcooked.
* It thickens more as it cools and it completely solid in the fridge and will burn if overcooked.
One thing to remember is that this 2-minute cooking method worked perfectly in my oven. To be on the safe side you might want to cook this mixture for 1 minute and stir then cook for another minute. It will burn if overcooked.
Remove this mixture from the oven and add the *salt and vanilla. ~ Set the caramel aside and prepare and cook the cake.
For the Mug Cake
*Bake in some type mug (shallow cup) or little silicone bundt pan that will allow the caramel to penetrate or surround the cake for best results.
Add the ingredients to a small mixing bowl in the order listed if using the little baking pan or mix it right in the shallow mug and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Remove the cake and pierce the top surface very deeply with a fork. Drizzle the caramel over the surface of the hot cake and let it soak in for a few seconds and enjoy warm.
*Alternatively, you can pour this cake into two small ramekins and cook in the microwave for 40 seconds and refrigerate half the caramel sauce and one of the cakes to reheat for later as this cake is very filling and can easily serve two for dessert.
*When adding the salt in just remember that a tiny bit will enhance the taste, a little more will give you salted caramel and much more will reduce the sweetness.
*The picture shows a little whip cream added for garnish which looks pretty but is not necessary in this dish.
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