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There isn’t much more delightful than a mug cake. My paleo gingerbread mug cake packs a punch of holiday flavor all in a single serve cup. Made with egg, pumpkin, almond flour and warming spices, this one of my favorite single serve sweet treats.
Sometimes you just want a piece of cake, and making a batch of cupcakes or a full layered dessert is excessive. Enter the mug cake! Mug cakes are typically made in the microwave. I recently gave away my microwave, which means I was missing out on my favorite mug cakes, like this paleo gingerbread mug cake! BUT lo and behold, my instant pot came to the rescue again. While it’s not quite instant, it totally works!
I’ve included instructions to make this paleo gingerbread in microwave or in the instant pot. If you’re working with an instant pot, you’ll need a mason jar, trivet, and a piece of foil or silicone jar lid. To make in the microwave, follow the batter instructions below. You’ll need to let the batter sit for 2-3 minutes to let the coconut flour absorb some moisture. Pop the batter in the microwave (uncovered!) and cook on high for 3-3.5 minutes. Microwave cook times vary, so keep an eye on your mug cake. It will puff up as it cooks, but may still be soft in the middle when done.
In a 8oz mason jar, mix together the egg, pumpkin, molasses, sugar and milk. Mix until smooth.
Stir in spices and flours until well combined.
If using, stir in white chocolate chips.
Place trivet in Instant Pot along with two cups water.
Set jar on top of trivet and cover jar with foil or silicone lid.
Secure lid of instant pot and cook on manual for 15 minutes.
Quick release the pressure. Carefully remove jar from instant pot (it will be hot! I highly recommend using a pair or jar tongs or hot mit)
Allow cake to cool slightly, then dive in!
To make in microwave, follow the batter instructions above. Let the batter sit for 2-3 minutes. Leave the jar uncovered and microwave on high for 3 to 3.5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then dive in!