Make a warm, homemade mug cake with the flavors of fall in about 5 minutes.

Apple-cinnamon mug cake: Got 5 minutes? Then you can make this moist, delicious mug cake with delicious apples.


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.

Apple cinnamon mug cake: Don't want to make a whole cake? Then try this fall-inspired mug cake, ready in 5 minutes.

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.

5-minute apple-cinnamon mug cake: It's fast and easy! Click through for recipe.

Apple cinnamon mug cake: Don't want to make a whole cake? Then try this fall-inspired mug cake, ready in 5 minutes.

Apple-Cinnamon Mug Cake

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cool slightly, and serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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