Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
2 people
12 min

Need a cake for one - that isn't an entire 8-inch cake you whipped up, frosted, and now want to devour in one sitting? (Anyone else been there?) This apple cinnamon mug cake is a delicious fall favorite that can be whipped up in a jiff, and offers the perfect amount of apple bits, spices, and topped with whatever your heart desires.

A few tips to create your own mug cake:

  • Do your best not to overcook in the microwave. Try 1 minute 30 seconds to start, test the center with a skewer, and if more time is needed, "cook" in 15-second increments until the skewer comes out clean. As with most items, the cake will continue cooking for a brief period when removed from the microwave.
  • Grease the edges of the mug with a little cooking spray, olive oil, or like item to help prevent the cake from sticking.

Pro Tip:

Make sure you use a mug that holds at least 12 oz. of fluid and place a microwave-safe plate under the mug in case some batter spills over the edge.

Recipe details
  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 12 min
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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple (I used Gala)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk I used soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons tightly-packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons neutral-flavored oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice optional
  • pinch kosher salt
Optional Toppings
  • 1/3 cup ice cream divided between both mugs
  • 1 tablespoon ice cream topping divided between both mugs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided between both mugs

Use mugs that hold at least 12 oz. of fluid. Spray mugs with cooking spray, or use butter or oil to apply a light coating to the interior walls of the mugs.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, allspice, and salt) thoroughly, to ensure even distribution.
Mix wet ingredients (applesauce, milk, pure vanilla extract, brown sugar, and oil) together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and thoroughly combine. Stir in apple bits.
Pour the batter into both mugs, filling about halfway to 3/4 of the way full depending upon the size of your mugs.
Place in microwave and bake on medium-high heat for 2 minutes, adding 15 second increments if the interior does not pass the skewer test. The cake is done when a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Enjoy warm with your favorite topping!
  • It is easy to over cook mug cakes, so it is always best to undercut the timing if you aren't familiar with the power of your microwave.
  • This is a relatively dense cake that is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream or topping of your choice!
Melanie Lorick
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