Six-minute Spiced Apple Mug Cake

If you love to make a cake but without any of the fuss, you need this six-minute spiced apple mug cake made using a microwave and a little bit of baking magic.

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Come autumn, when there’s a glut of apples falling from the trees (or into your trolley), there’s nothing better than baking them into a golden, spiced apple sponge. My mug cake captures all those rich autumnal flavours in miniature, topped with an oaty-toffee crumble.







Serves 1
Cook time: 6 min


For the cake:
50g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
20g soft dark brown sugar
¼ tsp each of ground cinnamon, mixed spice, ground nutmeg
2 tbsp apple sauce
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 small apple, peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
For the crumble topping:
20g salted butter
20g rolled oats
20g dark brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp runny honey

Essential kit

You will need: a microwave.


Clean and dry a large, microwave-proof mug (approx. 300ml capacity).

Put the butter for the crumble topping in the mug and microwave on high for around 20 seconds until it melts (this will also grease the mug). While it cooks, mix the other crumble ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the melted butter and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix all the cake ingredients except the chopped apple. Once combined, stir in the apple chunks.

Transfer the cake mix to the mug and use the back of a spoon to flatten it slightly.

Top with the crumble, pressing it down so it’s all tightly packed.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Let the mug cool slightly – you don’t want to burn your hands on all that hot sugar – before removing from the microwave to serve. You can either eat it straight from the mug or turn it out and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Keep an eye on mug cakes when baking them in the microwave as they might cook faster or overspill depending on the size, thickness and material of your mug!

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