Kirbie's Cravings

Light Strawberry Mug Cake

photo of a strawberry mug cake garnished with a fresh strawberry

After creating a low fat version of my peanut butter mug cake, I attempted to do it again with the strawberry mug cake.
photo of a spoonful of cake
I played around with a few versions before finding one that worked. I don’t think this low fat version worked as smoothly as the transition from regular peanut butter mug cake to low fat peanut butter mug cake. You can tell it’s a low fat version of the original and the cake texture does suffer some of its fluffiness, but it does work if you are looking for a healthier treat.
close-up photo of a spoonful of strawberry cake
I bought a big box of juicy red strawberries this weekend. Perfect for making these mug cakes.
close-up photo of three strawberries on a plate
According to this recipe calorie counter, I cut 237 calories and 28 grams of fat from the full recipe. If you divide the recipe into two servings, which is what I usually do, you cut even more calories and fat. Some readers left me comments on my reduced fat peanut butter mug cake for other ideas to cut calories and fat. I’ll have to play around with those variations too.
photo of a scoop of cake
Here is the rest of my mug cake series

Light Strawberry Mug Cake

Servings: 2 mug cakes
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
If you're craving something sweet, but don't want all the calories and fat this treat is for you.


  • 5 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp nonfat milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 strawberries each cut into 4-5 pieces each


  • Combine all ingredients except strawberries into a microwave-safe mug. Stir with a small whisk or fork until batter is smooth. Pour half of the batter into another mug. Carefully drop strawberry pieces on top.
  • Microwave one mug for 1 min 30 seconds. If cake is not done, microwave for an additional 30 seconds, but it should be done around 1 1/2 minutes. The best way to check if it is done is to check the middle of the cake. Careful not to overcook the cake or the texture becomes too rubbery. Repeat with remaining mug. Serve while warm.


Serving: 1mug cake (1/2 of recipe), Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 48mg, Sugar: 26g, NET CARBS: 42

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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14 comments on “Light Strawberry Mug Cake”

  1. oh my goodness……have been looking for something like this for 2 years! I give teaparties… sweet would these cakes be served to my friends… good, they could even keep a special cup…or make their own to take home….and individualize with fruit, chips, nuts,etc. or toppings…this is giving me so many ideas… an artist, I can see the possibilities! thank you, thank you

  2. Oh THANK YOU have tried a lot of your CAKE IN A MUG recipes. They hit that SWEET spot plus I don’t have left overs that tempt me.

  3. I substituted applesauce for the oil and used whole wheat flour. It was good. I’d definitely make it again. It’s not as good as an oven baked cake, but it’s a great late night snack.

  4. Is it possible to substitue the veggie oil with apple sauce? i am on a healthy lifestyle, and i don’t really want to add that much oil into me xD im a little health conscious over here :/

    • I haven’t tried it out so I’m not sure. Also the apple sauce might make the cake taste overwhelmingly of apple. You might want to try subbing out half of the oil with applesauce

  5. I keep trying variations on this! (I need to stop eating cake…. I just love it so much!)
    Cinnamon sugar. Oh my god. It is so good with about a tablespoon of the stuff added (I say about because I was just pouring it in) and some vanilla essence. (I added a bit less sugar to account for the addition)
    It turned out a bit dense but was not rubbery at all.

  6. Anything with batter that tastes that good that turns out bad can be put down to the other person’s microwave screwing with the timing or them doing something wrong or having a different taste in food (In my opinion)
    You have a FOOD blog. Why would you post something that wasn’t delicious?!

  7. This is amazing! I’m going to call it almost fail proof (I overcooked mine slightly, but it survived my substitutions!)

    I picked your recipe because it didn’t have too much oil in it (I find oil makes things rubbery), and because you have so many cake cup recipes (you must be a pro!).
    I am terrified of making anything in the microwave. My microwave skills extend to popcorn and reheating things (A bit embarrassing considering I am part of the twenty-something crowd that grew up with microwaves).

    I substituted the flour and baking powder with self raising flour (my plain has gone awol), and added a splash of vanilla essence to replace strawberries (I had no strawberries, and would have stirred a bit of jam through it, but I had no jam either). And then I put maple syrup on it.

    • I’m glad it turned out well for you. It’s always great to hear these positive comments because every once in a while I’ll get a negative comment about how the recipe sucked and didn’t work. I’ve successfully made it work and I like hearing reaffirmation from other readers.