apple cinnamon mug cake

Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

Microwave mug cake is an awesome idea, but it’s only awesome if it tastes as good as the oven variety.  I don’t care how easy or convenient it is, cake isn’t worth making or eating unless its totally delicious and has the perfect spongy but not an actual sponge cake texture.


Some people claim they can make a mug cake in under five minutes, but it took me a little bit longer especially since I made frosting too.  This recipe still shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes total.  Cake cravings, beware!

This mug cake is a small (but satisfying!) portion, best for a short mug or ramekin. If you want a large mug sized cake, double the ingredients and change microwave time from 45 seconds to 1 minute.


The cream cheese frosting recipe calls for room temperature cream cheese.  This is kind of important or the frosting won’t mix well and will be lumpy.  Just in case you don’t have an hour to let your cream cheese sit out, one trick I learned is to put the cream cheese in a small zip bag and knead it with your hands until it warms up.

Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

Serves 1
Prep time 7 minutes
Cook time 1 minute
Total time 8 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 tablespoon room temp cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk


1. Prepare icing by whisking ingredients with fork until fairly smooth, then set aside.
2. In a small mug or ramekin, mix together dry ingredients very well. Add applesauce and mix until just combined (it will be thick and sticky) and then add veg oil, milk and vanilla and stir until wet; do not overmix.
3. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds. Top with Icing and serve.

34 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

  1. Carmella

    I just tried this, doubling the recipe and subbing butter for the vegetable oil. It was delicious! My icing didn’t turn out quite right (it never does) but it still added a little sweetness. I might play with the ratio of oil to applesauce to make it a little healthier but great recipe!

  2. Katie lutovsky

    This is amazing I did not have any apple sauce I just used a couple splashes of apple juice it’s amazing that’s all I can say

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  4. Elle

    This is great! I didn’t have apple sauce so I used half a diced apple and some extra milk and it was great! Mixed some cinnamon and apple into the sauce too! It was amazing :-)

  5. Marsie

    I had a crazy sweet tooth tonight and didn’t have anything in the house that sounded appealing. I’ve never made a mug cake before but I decided this would be a good time to try! I stumbled across this recipe in my search for a recipe for which I had (most of) the ingredients. Let me just say.. THANK YOU! This tasted so decadent and totally satisfied my craving, but the portion was small enough that I didn’t feel like I was over-doing it. I, too used apple juice in place of applesauce and was pleased with the result. And I didn’t use cream cheese in the glaze but it still turned out yummy. Pinning this to Pinterest and will be making it again soon!

  6. Kate331

    Last night I craved something sweet. I have been curious about mug cake recipes and found this. Just the right amount of work involved, and delicious ]even without the icing!


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  12. Chloe

    Tried this tonight. Like others, craving a sugar hit but nothing worth eating in the house I gave this ago. Im not sure if something went wrong but i found it to be a weird texture, a bit like undercooked cake, very heavy! Even after putting it in for longer than stated to try and see if that worked. It tasted quite nice, i added chopped walnuts too as i had them hiding in the back of the cupboard. Next time i’ll be definitely adding some egg though.

    1. Jess Moore

      Sorry to hear that. Sometimes the gluten in the flour causes the cake to become chewy if you mix it too much after putting in the wet ingredients, so maybe that’s what happened. I updated the recipe to mention to stir the batter until just wet.

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  14. Miranda

    Hello! So, this looked like a wonderful recipe, and I eagerly ran to my kitchen, only to discover that I had to applesauce or juice! I was rummaging through my fridge looking for something to replace it with (fresh apple slices?) when I came across some recently bought orange juice and decided to try that. IT WAS DELICIOUS! So just a heads up, orange juice works quite well too!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  17. Liz

    Had a desert craving and didn’t want chocolate, I found this recipe and love it. I’ve never tried a mug cake but will be doing this more often (could be dangerous) I would add more cinnamon next time though

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  19. Tuiwen


    I too had no apple sauce or anything like it so i just added extra milk. It was absolutely delicious. Bragged about it to my friends but there’s no button to share the recipe on facebook. Not sure if that was on purpose but it would be a great way to quickly increase the likes on your page. You have wonderful recipes that more people should know about.

    Anyway, thanks!

    1. Jess Moore

      I’m glad that the recipe worked out without applesauce or juice; these mug cake recipes actually seem to be pretty flexible as long as you have the right ratio of oil/butter, sugar, flour and leavener.

      I had planned on adding social media buttons to posts at one point but then I got distracted and forgot, so thanks for the reminder!

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  23. Linda

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! A yummy, satisying treat.

    One comment: It would be helpful to list the microwave watts of the oven used for the recipe in order to adjust times with a minimum of trial & error. I just got my first oven – a mini 700w model – and under/overcooking is a dilemma.


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