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!
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
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.
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.