Eat of the Moment

Apple Cinni-Mini-Cake-In-A-Mug!

This crazy-quick and kinda fall flavored cake is the perfect little something sweet at nighttime. I always only buy healthy snacks at the grocery store and then curse myself when I NEED TO EAT A DESSERT and it’s cold and dark and there is no way I’m putting on socks, shoes and a jacket to go out into the mean world in search of sugar. This cake is great for those moments; plus, it’s single-serving, so you totally sidestep that old song-and-dance routine of baking a whole cake because you want something sweet, and then having it silently taunt you in the fridge for the better part of a week. Or maybe I’m the only person who hears baked goods calling to me from the innards of my kitchen appliances. Anyway!

This recipe was born because I’d seen quite a few chocolate-cake-in-a-mug recipes floating around on the foodie internet but I was in the mood for something a bit more autumnal. The apples and cinnamon definitely give this cake a seasonal flair and it’s ridiculously simple to make.

Apple Cinni-Mini Cake is not actually super-sweet, so you don’t have to feel (that) guilty about eating it. I added the greek yogurt to get just the teensiest little smidge of protein in there, and feel free to sub in honey or agave nectar for the sugar (if you use either of these, use a bit less than the recipe calls for).

This is cool because if you stand in front of the microwave (although my boyfriend says doing this causes cancer, which I don’t doubt), you can watch the cake rise in front of your eyes! I ate it on a plate, but it might be easier to just eat it inside the mug you’re using. Add a dollop of Cool Whip or a drizzle of honey, too!

Apple Cinni-Mini-Cake-In-A-Mug!

serves 1

total time: 5 minutes

total hands on time: 3 minutes

What you’ll need:

3 tbsps flour

2 tbsps plain or vanilla greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsps sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

generous dashes of cinnamon

1 egg

drizzle of vanilla

roughly 2 tbsps diced apple

1. Grease the inside of the mug and then chop half of an apple into very small pieces.

I used the MACRO setting of my camera (duh) so these pieces are not true to size. I'm talking like fingernail-size pieces of apple

2.. Put all the dry ingredients in your mug and mix them up. You will get a mixture that looks like sand, but tastes considerably better than actual sand.

2. Add the egg and stir until egg is completely mixed. The mixture will be sort of goopy. Don’t worry, the egg gets completely cooked while in the microwave, you don’t need to worry about salmonella or E. Coli or whatever.

3. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla and stir well.

4. Add the apple pieces and stir extremely well, making sure they are completely distributed throughout the batter. I forgot to get a picture of this part but I’m hoping you can visualize small pieces of apple being mixed into a cake batter.

5. Pop it in the microwave for two minutes. Check it; if it seems like it needs a bit more time, then try it in intervals of 15 seconds. Mine needed about two minutes and 30 seconds total, but your microwave will vary.

your mug will get dirty

but you will have a tiny perfect cake!

  • Jacinta Wyld

    that looks great! only thing i dont always have in the kitchen on that list is the greek yoghurt.

    • Jacinta Wyld

      does it matter what kind/shape mug we use?

    • Carrie Murphy

      jacinta, i don’t think the mug shape matters, but it’s best to use a sizable one; you don’t want the cake rising up too far.

  • Courteney Nielsen

    Sounds awesome. What could you recommend using instead of yoghurt? (I can’t have dairy)

    • Carrie Murphy

      courteney, you might try some applesauce. it acts as a moistener, like the yogurt, and also adds to the apple flavor. i haven’t tried it so i don’t know how it would be, but worth a try, i think!

    • Jill McCool

      I sometimes sub in canned pumpkin for eggs and butter in cake mix, and I’m sure it would be tasty in this recipe in place of yogurt!

  • Isabelle de Cure-Ryan

    So, um…I totally just made this. You had me at “cake”. Even though it’s Spring in Sydney, the weather is pretending it’s Winter, so it’s still season-appropriate. And as I sit here enjoying the warm, appley-cinnamony cakey goodness in a mug, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart (and my stomach) for sharing this god-given recipe. It is amazing.

    • Carrie Murphy

      omg isabelle! thanks so much for the kind words and i’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Leah Brannan

    oh my autumny goodness! i am so making this aster lunch!

  • Leah Brannan

    so excited, i can’t spell!

  • Jessica Tapia

    yay! breakfast time!

  • Angel Fernandez

    OM NOM NOM. I wanna try this. :)

  • Christina Boucher

    Looks amazing. Gotta try.

  • Adriana Lara

    Just tried this and its amazing! I used honey instead of yogurt and its pretty tasty. Thanks for this!

    • Carrie Murphy

      so glad you liked it, adriana!

  • Traci Doromal

    ahh! i just bought a box of chocolate mug cake mix yesterday at world market! i had NO idea this was a thing. definitely trying this apple cinnamon recipe, though. mug cake may be the next fro-yo or cupcake faze…

  • Ina J Fordorra

    OMG this looks so delicious and so quick to make – all I need now is some apples and greek yoghurt!

  • Sharon Bauer

    This is wonderful. My baked goods make eye contact with me…it’s frightening, and there’s no resisting them.

  • Lisa-Marie O’Keeffe

    I just made this..oh my’s amazing you are a cake in a cup genius 😉 thank’s for the yummy recipe!

  • Lisa-Marie O’Keeffe

    I just made this..oh my’s amazing you are a cake in a cup genius thank’s for the yummy recipe!

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