Apple Crumble Mug Cake


Apple Crumble Mug Cakes are the perfect way to impress your family and friends. Pamper yourself with these tasty treats in minutes! Sometimes the best recipes are born from necessity. That’s how this Apple Crumble Mug Cake came about. I have a weekly meeting that is cake requirement and decided to whip up something delicious, fast and uber flavorful for the event. And voila – this scrumptious mug cake was born.

Apple Crumble Mug Cake

Prepare the vanilla ice cream! This delicious Apple Crumble Mug Cake Recipe comes together in in 15 minutes and is sweet, chewy, and EASY.

Apple Crumble Mug Cake - 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. Recipe, dessert, apples, ice cream, snack, treat, crumble |

I can’t get enough sweet things!

Yes, I can always fit in dessert, no matter how full I am.

But even while I adore biting into a warm, flaky homemade Dutch apple pie that has just come out of the oven, most store-bought pies are a little too sweet for my tastes.

Even though I work in the kitchen virtually every day, I still prefer to keep my personal baking endeavors on the straightforward side of things.

Hey, it’s okay to reserve the majority of my dessert consumption for occasions when we eat out.

Well, sometimes my sweet tooth is in charge and insists on dessert RIGHT NOW. This is what I produce, too.

In order to make a homemade dessert with the flavors of an apple pie without having to struggle with making homemade pie crust or turning on the oven to raise the temperature in my already sweltering kitchen, I came up with this simple apple crumble mug cake recipe.

I seldom ever use my microwave for purposes other than re-heating leftovers.

And the phrase “microwave dessert” simply sounds a little suspicious, no? But believe me when I say that this recipe for sweet cup cake is made to be played with in the dingbox!

What is Mug Cake?

The size of the container and the cooking technique are the only distinctions between this mug cake and a conventional apple crumble, which is as straightforward as it seems.

We’ll use a coffee mug in place of a big baking dish. And instead of preheating the oven, we’re choosing to give it a whirl in the microwave.

Putting aside the differences in preparation, this is one sweet and tart treat that tastes exactly like the original.

A little brown sugar and a few tablespoons of maple syrup or honey give this apple crumble variant a subtle sweetness (whichever you prefer). Given my Montreal roots, maple syrup was a no-brainer for my apple crumble cup cake.

But when I tested it with both, they both did a fantastic job of adding sweetness without coming across as artificial.

Bonus: This dessert recipe is among the simplest ever!

How to make a mug cake

You have everything you need to make a mug cake if you have 13 minutes to spare and a few empty coffee mugs.

Basically, you’ll want to combine the crumble and filling in two separate bowls. Easy enough? It is! For a list of ingredients and serving sizes, see the recipe card below.

Simply divide the prepared apple filling between the two coffee mugs, and then sprinkle the crumble topping over the top of each mug.

That’s all, then!

The excellent combination is microwaved for three to four minutes, or until it is bubbling, which really saves time in this situation.

Don’t bake. Nothing to stress about!

A word of warning: when you take these mugs out of the microwave, they will be HOT. Use a tea towel, a potholder, or even better, wait a few minutes for them to cool before removing your delicious apple crumble cup cake.

What apples are best for this mug cake recipe?

I decided to use one honeycrisp apple for this apple crumble cup cake because of their crisp, champagne-like taste.

I added one Granny Smith apple later to provide a tangy contrast.

However, you can use any apples you happen to have on hand.

But in addition to healthy elements like apples, oats, and walnuts, the ingredients list also contains a respectable amount of butter.

Hey, sometimes you just have to have fun and relax, right?

This candied, rich, fruity, and crispy mug cake is worth a few additional minutes on the stationary cycle, I promise! Enjoy a few delicious spoonfuls every now and then!

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crisp for One

Apple Crisp Made in the Microwave – This apple crisp made in the microwave just takes 5 minutes to prepare and serves one person well. Add some ice cream or whipped cream over the top!

Microwave Apple Crisp with two spoons

Quick Microwave Apple Crisp

The finest and simplest way to use all those apples you purchased because they were on sale is to make this microwave apple crisp. It cooks in 5 minutes without needing to turn on the oven. Additionally, it is vegan, gluten-free, and single-serve. So there you go, old-fashioned chips.

Anything with a crumbly or streusel topping, including crisps and crumbles, is a favorite of mine. I always love those oat-textured nuggets with butter and brown sugar. However, even though I enjoy creating crumbles, I rarely need or want a whole pan. The leftovers just don’t compare to the first warm, juicy piece of this dish, which is actually best served fresh with a generous dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top.

If you feel like sharing, this simple apple crisp serves two people more modestly or one person generously.

Within a few minutes of adding the topping mixture, the apple base layer—which consists of apples mixed with (vegan) butter, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and a pinch of cornstarch—begins to cook.

In under a minute, combine the cinnamon, brown sugar, and oatmeal topping.

The apples still have a faint texture, which is how I prefer them. They would be al dente if they were pasta. These were perfect for me because I don’t like my fruit to be overly soft or mushy.

I had cookie dough ice cream, but I didn’t have any whipping cream, and I was out of vanilla. I was attempting to pare down my possessions as I prepared to move, but either would be delicious on this cozy, delightfully flavored, simple little dish.

The home fills with the same pleasant aroma that would result from baking a typical apple crisp, but it takes only five minutes to prepare and you don’t have to turn on the oven.

Breakfast, a snack, dessert, and a late-night bite. With this microwave-baked apples dessert, there are countless options.

What’s in This Microwave Apple Crisp?

To make this quick microwave dessert, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Apple
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch

How to Make Microwave Apple Crisp

Make the apple crisp topping first by mixing the ingredients until they have the consistency of fine sand. Then, add butter on top of the diced apple in a bowl that may be heated in a microwave. To soften the apples, microwave for 1 minute.

After removing it from the microwave, whisk in the additional ingredients for the apple crisp. Over the apple mixture, top with the apple crisp topping. Cook the food for a last 2 minutes in the microwave.

Done is a combination of juicy, bubbly, rich, and caramelly.

As it cooks, the brown sugar and butter caramelize, forming a thick sauce that covers the apples. The finest part is that. That and the crumbly pieces, at least.

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp? 

You can use really any apple variety you’d like for this microwave apple crisp recipe. I used a Fuji apple, but Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold would all work too. 

Can I Omit the Cornstarch? 

No, this quick apple dessert won’t turn out right if you skip the cornstarch. 

Can I Make This Gluten-Free? 

Most likely, yes, although I’ve only ever made this recipe as written. You could try using a gluten-free baking blend in place of the all-purpose flour and see how it turns out. 

Can I Use Quick Oats Instead of Rolled? 

I’ve never used quick oats in this recipe because I’ve only ever used old-fashioned rolled oats. They can make the apple crisp topping too dry because they aren’t as chewy as rolled oats.

quick apple crisp in white dish

Can I Adjust the Amount of Sugar Used? 

Depending on how sweet your apple is, you may wish to add a little more or less sugar than what the recipe calls for. Though I’m not sure if this would be an authentic apple crisp if the sugar were completely omitted.

Can I Use Other Fruits in This Microwave Dessert? 

I’m not certain! This microwave apple crisp is the only version I’ve ever prepared. Fresh pears might work in instead of the dried ones, but I can’t guarantee it.

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