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Apple Mug Cake

This apple mug cake is a quick and easy single-serving dessert that takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish. This recipe is dairy-free, vegan (no eggs needed), and can easily be made gluten-free.

Mug cakes are versatile and great if you’re in the mood for dessert but running short on patience. There’s no turning on the stove or sitting around waiting for it to finish baking, and because they’re single-serve, you don’t even have to share.

If you like apple desserts such as apple crisp, apple curd, or baked apples with oatmeal, you’ll love this easy apple cake.

Ingredients

  • Wet – butter (dairy-free or regular unsalted), diced apple, lemon juice, brown sugar, milk of choice, and vanilla extract.
  • Dry: all-purpose flour, baking powder, and kosher salt.
  • Warming spices – ground cinnamon and nutmeg.

How to Make Apple Mug Cake

In a microwave-safe mug (no less than 10 ounces) or mason jar, mix together the dry ingredients.

Then add in your milk of choice, melted butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well until completely combined and then fold in the diced apple. The cake batter will be thick and should only fill up about half of a 10-ounce mug, or else it could overflow in the microwave.

Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Serve with a little whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or even miso caramel if desired.

Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations

Please remember that recipes are just a starting point.

How can you make this apple mug cake using what you already have? Here are some ideas

  • No apples? – use pear, persimmon, or grated zucchini instead.
  • No brown sugar? – use another type of granulated sugar such as coconut, organic cane sugar, or white sugar, but you may need to add an additional splash of milk since brown sugar has more moisture.
  • Make it gluten-free – use gluten-free all-purpose flour. I love the King Arthur brand.

More Apple Dessert Recipes

Apple Mug Cake

5 from 5 votes
Apple mug cake with cinnamon.
This apple mug cake is a quick and easy single serving dessert that takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish. This recipe is dairy-free, vegan (no eggs needed), and can easily be made gluten-free.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Serving Size 1

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe mug (no less than 10 ounces) or mason jar, mix together the dry ingredients.
  • Then add in your milk of choice, melted butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well until completely combined and then fold in the diced apple. The cake batter will be thick and should only fill up about half of a 10-ounce mug, or else it could overflow in the microwave.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Serve with a little whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or even miso caramel if desired.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS:
No apples? – use pear, persimmon, or grated zucchini instead.
No brown sugar? – use another type of granulated sugar such as coconut, organic cane sugar, or white sugar, but you may need to add an additional splash of milk since brown sugar has more moisture.
Make it gluten-free – use gluten-free all-purpose flour. I love the King Arthur brand.
5 from 5 votes (5 ratings without comment)

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