Single-Serving Red Velvet Microwave Cake

When it comes time to eat the last slice of cake, it’s always a sad moment.  Why can’t cakes last for forever?!?

Single-Serving Red Velvet Microwave Cake

Okay, I’m done with my pity party.  So now I’ll explain how I satisfy my Red Velvet Cake cravings without baking an entire cake, and without getting that upsetting “last slice feeling.”

Single-Serving Red Velvet Microwave Cake

A single-serving microwave cake that takes 5 minutes to make and 5 minutes to “bake!”  Oh, and you can make this healthy cake multiple times a day and for an entire week if you want to.  It’s that good for you  :)

Single-Serving Red Velvet Microwave Cake

Yield: one serving



  1. Spray a 4" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the milk, beet puree, flax, truvia and salt.
  3. Stir in the extracts.
  4. Stir in the sorghum flour and cocoa powder. When that is completely incorporated, stir in the baking powder last.
  5. Scoop batter into the prepared dish and microwave for ~5 minutes, or until the surface springs back when tapped.
  6. Let cool slightly in the dish then EAT!


This recipe is: sugar free, low fat, eggless, gluten free, vegan!

I was going to make a nutrition label for this microwave cake regardless, but I thought I would compare it to the nutrition label of a similar microwave cake recipe.  I have been slightly obsessed with Kirbie’s Cravings for years now, and the number of microwave cakes on the blog is mind blowing…  and mouther watering.  They look so good!  Sadly though, I could never get myself to actually make them as they’re made with bleached flour, lots of sugar, oil, butter and all…  so I made a healthified version!  The Kirbie’s Cravings label is on the left,  the Desserts with Benefits label is on the right:

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MIND.  BLOWN.  I didn’t know 800 calories could even fit into a tiny mug!  Apparently it can…  nonetheless, I would much rather choose 310 natural calories over 800 artificial calories.  And I would also like to avoid the 57g of sugar (thats nearly 5 tbs of sugar in one sitting).

If you want to see the nutrition label of the Kirbie’s Cravings recipe, of both the cake and the frosting, click on the image below to zoom in…  it’s kind of scary, so be warned:

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Yes.  One thousand one hundred calories, 80g fat and 3/4 cup of sugar all in a small serving.  I think my mind is actually blown to bits now…

Single-Serving Red Velvet Microwave Cake

This bite of cake will save me though  :)

PS:  If you DO want an entire Red Velvet Cake though, try this healthy Red Velvet Cake recipe or this veganized Red Velvet Cake recipe!

Labels: Beets, Chocolate, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Microwave-Baked, Nutrition-Label, Single-Serving, Sorghum-Flour, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Comments (13)

  1. Angela Gilmore: July 18, 2013

    This looks so great. Red velvet is my favorite cake, hands down. There is a bakery near me that makes vegan red velvet cupcakes, but this looks way better! And I’m positive that yours is healthier too.

  2. dessertswithbenefits: July 18, 2013

    Angela- I would love me some red velvet cupcakes right now! I wish there was a healthy bakery near me for when I’m too lazy to bake :(

  3. Charae: July 18, 2013

    I would love to see this soufflé style. Yum!

  4. dessertswithbenefits: July 19, 2013

    Charae- Mmmm, Red Velvet Souffle! Sounds delicious :)

  5. Christine: July 19, 2013

    Whoa. Eight-hundred calories (1000 with frosting?!) is A LOT! I always saw those mug cakes and thought how awesome, but then I’m like 2 Tb butter, 4 Tb sugar, oil….this isn’t going to end well! Yours looks like a version I can get on board with!

    And HOORAY for natural color! The whole bottle of nasty red dye for red velvet cake kills me. Bleck!

  6. whiness: July 23, 2013

    Woah! What a great idea. I’m a huge fan of vegetable cakes and I’m sure that this one is delicious :) I’m gonna bake it in a few days!

  7. Deryn @ Running on Real Food: October 30, 2013

    I don’t know how I just discovered your site!

    omg….all the food. Everything looks amazing! Can’t wait to try a few recipes :)

  8. Khristian Stark: February 22, 2014

    Could other types of flour work? Such as whole wheat cake or AP?

  9. dessertswithbenefits: February 23, 2014

    Khristian Stark-
    I haven’t tried it, but whole wheat pastry flour should replace the sorghum flour no problem. Hope you like the cake!

  10. Sam: February 27, 2014

    Could actually live up to its name of it didn’t have 290 mg. of sodium. Unfortunately, I can’t spare that much of my daily allotment on 1 piece of cake.

  11. dessertswithbenefits: February 27, 2014

    Hey Sam, I wouldn’t necessarily say this cake is unhealthy because of its sodium content, it’s actually on the low side compared to most cakes. The human body requires sodium, as it is an essential mineral.
    However, you can easily reduce the sodium content by reducing the amount of salt to 1/16 tsp, or a pinch, and by using sodium-free baking powder. Hope you change your mind about the cake! :)

  12. Irina nsanity: April 18, 2014

    Jess, it’s fabulous! It’s the yummiest breakfast ever! Although i substituted oat flour for sorghum flour it’s still tasty but a lit bit gooooey though i love it :)

  13. dessertswithbenefits: April 18, 2014

    Irina nsanity-
    I tried using oat flour a couple times too but the texture ended up being strange… I’m glad you still like it though! :)

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