Apple-Cinnamon Mug Cake
Make a warm, homemade mug cake with the flavors of fall in about 5 minutes.
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.
Are Mug Cakes As Good As Regular Cake?
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 have time and need a full-size cake, certainly make regular cake.
But if you’re crunched for time, cooking for one or want a small cake, make the mug cake. There’s no shame in your game!
More Mug Cake Recipes
If you love cakes and other desserts made in a mug, check out:
More fall flavors: Learn how to make your own homemade apple soda out of apple cider.
Apples for breakfast: These apple oatcakes (similar to pancakes) are thick, hearty, and gluten-free.
Apple-Cinnamon Mug Cake
This recipe makes a huge mug-full of cake, enough for two people. This recipe can easily be halved: Just start out by microwaving the cake for 1 minute 30 seconds instead of 2.
- 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.
Amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
I tried this and it IS yummy!!
There are many nutritional benefits that can be obtained from eating an apple, that paint a clear picture as to how apples are good for you.
I appreciate your recipe, I have to try this myself.
Wow! An APPLE-CINNAMON MUG CAKE. Would definitely give it a try tonight for the desert. As i am up for anything apple so it is win for me. Thanks for sharing.
Followed recipe exactly and cake was still not done after 3 1/2 minutes. It might well be in the amount of apple. I think “small apple” is too vague for a mug cake recipe. It should be a measured amount of egg for a recipe this precise and small. Won’t be trying this one again.
Oops! That should read measured amount of apple. Sorry.
Thanks for the feedback, Val. Sorry it didn’t turn out for you!
Apples you buy in the supermarket are usually pretty large. By small apple, I’m thinking one that is smaller than the ones you typically find in supermarkets. Like an 8-bite apple.. if that makes sense?
I loved it! Followed most steps, but replaced butter with veggie oil. Mixed everything dry in a dish, added oil, milk and sour cream, then apples. Added vanilla sugar. Placed in two wide mugs, needed 1:45 seconds in the micro. Amazing! With French vanilla ice cream and Speculous caramel swirl ice cream- unbelievably great! Thank you!