Healthy Microwave Cake

Whip up to this quick 5-minute cake for breakfast or a snack.


By Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN


Life gets crazy and busy, and sometimes we don’t have time to slave over the stove preparing food. Think there aren’t enough hours in the day to work out and enjoy a healthy recovery meal? Good news-you can have your cake and eat it too! Sorry for the stupid pun—couldn’t resist.

Cake for breakfast might sound totally ridiculous, but this recipe, which is packed with protein and low in sugar, makes a perfect post-gym breakfast or even a snack. The best part is that’s ready in five minutes. If you need to give it some extra staying power, use extra nut butter in the icing or whisk in some Greek yogurt. You can also experiment with adding mix-ins like berries or chocolate chips for a special treat. Enjoy!


For cake

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin purée

1 scoop protein powder

Cooking oil spray for mug or ramekin

For icing

1 teaspoon nut or seed butter

1/4 teaspoon maple syrup

Water to thin out


1. Whisk together egg, vanilla, pumpkin or apple sauce, and protein powder.

2. Spray inside of a microwave-safe mug or ramekin with oil spray.

3. Pour batter into mug or ramekin and microwave on HIGH in 30-second intervals until cake is set in the middle.

4. If desired, invert cake onto a plate.

5. To make icing, whisk together nut or seed butter, maple syrup, and water. Drizzle over cake.

6. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition information per serving (1 cake, before icing, made with whey protein powder and pumpkin purée)

Calories: 211

Protein: 27 grams

Carbohydrate: 11 grams

Dietary Fiber: 2 grams

Total fat: 6 grams

Saturated fat: 2 grams

Vitamin A: 80% RDA

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life and a balanced relationship with food. For those in need of some healthy-eating inspiration, Jess created five day's worth of delicious make-ahead lunches to make it even easier to eat well on a busy day. For more information on Jess, check out her website and follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Fri Feb 02 20:23:10 UTC 2018

I need some healthy cake up in my life 😌

Tue Feb 20 01:53:50 UTC 2018

Sounds delicious!!

Sun Mar 04 09:39:40 UTC 2018

It is very good. My version I use strawberry whey protein that is 32gr of protein per scoop and I use 1 1/2 scoops. This increase the protein to over 50gr which includes the egg. I also use strawberry extract to really kick in the flavor. Great as a breakfast meal and start the day off with high level of protein which can keep your protein intake for the day over 40 %.