That’s what I call mug cakes.
Mug cakes are individual cakes that are mixed in a mug and microwaved, not baked.
They are perfect for when you want a single serving of cake – whether you’re trying to control portions or if you’re simply cooking for one. They’re also great for when you just don’t need a whole cake.
This apple-cinnamon mug cake is a delicious fall-inspired cake that takes about 5 minutes to mix up – and 2 more to microwave. It contains a whole apple (half is grated, half is cubed), so every bite permeates with apple flavor.
While most in-a-mug cakes don’t turn out exactly like a regular baked cake (the texture is a bit more spongy), they’re totally passable and delicious when eaten warm. If you’re a mug-cake lover, there’s no shame in your game!
More fall flavors: Learn how to make your own homemade apple soda out of apple cider.
More mug cakes! If you love cakes and other desserts made in a mug, check out my Top 5 “in a mug” recipes.
Apples for breakfast: These apple oatcakes (similar to pancakes) are thick, hearty, and gluten-free.
Apple-Cinnamon Mug Cake
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time:5 min
Cook Time:2 min
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 small apple: Half is grated, and half is cut into small cubes
- In a large microwave-safe mug, mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine milk, sour cream, and butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in apple - half of the apple is grated, and half is cubed.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes. At that point, do the toothpick test: If a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, then the cake is done. If it is still doughy, microwave for a few more seconds, up to 30 seconds.
- Cool slightly, and serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.