As I said in my Autumn Colors Salad post, I’m embracing the autumn spirit body and soul! To really up the autumn enthusiasm, I went apple picking with my family last weekend, a quintessential east coast autumn activity. We came home with a literal bushel of apples…now what to do? I was feeling too lazy to make an entire pie, so I whipped up this mug cake.
Diced apples are first cooked together with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter to make a saucy, sweet surprise underneath the brown sugar cinnamon cake.
The cake only takes minutes to make, but thanks to all the juicy, brown sugary apple goodness nestled at the bottom, I think this dessert is more luxurious and cozy than your average mug cake. (It’s like the food version of being wrapped up in a soft cashmere sweater sitting by the fireplace.) Adding vanilla ice cream takes it to a whole new level; when the ice cream starts to melt into the warm cake and mix with the sweetened juice of the cooked apple, well, it’s autumn magic is what it is.
Now, what am I going to do with the rest of these?Print
This single-serve cozy autumn dessert is ready in a flash but is far from boring. Diced apple is first cooked together with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, creating a sweet, juicy base for the brown sugar cinnamon cake added on top. Even better with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
- ½ apple, peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar, divided
- 2 pinches of cinnamon, divided
- 5 tbsp. flour
- ¼ t. baking powder
- ¼ c. milk
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil (see note)
- ¼ t. vanilla
- pinch salt
- Stir together apple, 1 tbsp. butter, 1 tbsp. brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon in a mug. Microwave on high for 1 min.
- Mix together flour, pinch of salt, baking powder, 1 tbsp. brown sugar and pinch of cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Add milk, vegetable oil and vanilla, stir to combine.
- Pour batter on top of cooked apples, do not stir.
- Microwave on high until top of cake is firm, about 1 min 45 seconds (check after 1 minute 30 seconds as microwave times may vary).
You can use 1 tbsp. melted butter in place of the vegetable oil in the cake batter; I used oil to skip the extra step of melting the butter (the less time to mug cake magic the better)!