A sweet, chewy and fruit loaded Apple Crumble Mug Cake Recipe that tastes divine with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream! Ready in 15 minutes or less.
Apple Crumble Mug Cake
It’s no secret: I’m not a great baker. Even though I spend almost every day in the kitchen, I tend to keep my personal baking pursuits on the simple side of things – and leave my dessert intake for the times we eat out. Don’t get me wrong… I have an insatiable sweet tooth! Yep, no matter how full I am, there’s always room to squeeze dessert in. However, while I absolutely love digging into the fruity goodness of a warm, flaky apple pie fresh from the oven, most store bought pies are a little too sweet for my taste. This apple crumble mug cake recipe came about from the desire to actually prepare a dessert with the flavors of an apple pie without struggling to prepare crust from scratch, and without turning the oven on to increase the temperature in my already sultry kitchen. It’s not very often I use my microwave for anything other than heating up leftovers, but this sweet mug cake recipe is absolutely designed for a spin in the zap-box!
If you’ve got 13 minutes to spare and an empty coffee mug, you’ve got the tools you need to whip up a mug cake. This apple crumble version gets an understated sweetness from a bit of brown sugar and a couple tablespoons of maple syrup or honey (whichever you prefer). Having grown up in Montreal, maple syrup was my obvious choice for this apple crumble mug cake! But I’ve tried it with both, and each does an admirable job of bringing the sweetness without becoming cloying.
When choosing apples, I went with one honeycrisp apple for a champaign-like sweetness and one granny smith apple that brought a bit of a tart counterpoint. Aside from healthy ingredients like apples, oats and walnuts, you’ll see a pretty decent dose of butter in the ingredients list. I normally try to keep it healthy in my kitchen, but sometimes you just gotta let loose and enjoy, right!? The nutritional label is intentionally missing from the bottom of the page. Trust me, a few decadent spoonfuls of this candied, rich, fruity and crunchy mug cake every once in awhile is totally worth a few extra minutes on the stationary bike!
The real timesaver here is that the tasty mixture goes into the microwave for three to four minutes, until the mixture is bubbling. That’s it! A word of caution: these mugs will be HOT when you pull them out of the microwave. So either use a tea-towel, a pot-holder or, better yet, give them a couple of minutes to cool before pulling your luscious apple crumble mug cake out. Since there’s not a ton of sugar in this mug cake recipe, I totally felt justified in topping this dessert with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream. Something magical happens when creamy vanilla ice cream meets a hot, cinnamon-laden dessert. Just talking about it now is making me hungry! Well… I totally have 13 minutes, a couple of microwave safe mugs and some fresh apples. Off to the kitchen I go (again)!
Other simple, delicious dessert recipes:
- Olive Oil, Honey & Apple Cake
- Strawberry Pocky Cheesecake
- Non-Dairy Chia Seed Panna Cotta
- Matcha Roll Cake with Fresh Blueberries
- Dark Chocolate and Green Tea Bread Pudding
Did you like this Apple Crumble Mug Cake Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the crumble and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, add the ingredients for the apple filling and mix well.
- Divide the apple filling mixture among two mugs and top with crumble.
- Microwave each mug, separately, on high for 3-4 minutes, until mixture is bubbly.
- Be careful when you take the mugs out of the microwave as they will be VERY hot!! I use a towel.
- Top with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve.