I saw these adorable little apple bowls at Daiso in Costa Mesa and just had to buy them. The stem is actually a spoon. It’s perfect for single serving desserts.

So of course, I thought about making a mug cake. And until now I haven’t yet made an apple mug cake.

Since apple sauce is often used as a substitute to make a recipe healthier, this was the perfect opportunity to use apple sauce in a mug cake. I didn’t use any oil, so the cake isn’t as fluffy as some of the other ones I’ve made. It’s more like a muffin, but it’s still pretty tasty.

I added fresh apple chunks because the apple flavor was pretty light. The apples also make the cake more moist and breaks up the batter. I’ll try to fiddle with this some more to try to get a fluffier cake. I might have to give in and add a little bit of oil.

I can’t wait to use these bowls for other things like dessert soups.

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Apple Mug Cake


4 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp fat free milk
1/4 tsp baking powder
1-2 tbsp apples, diced into small cubes


Mix all ingredient except fresh apple chunks in an a mug with a small whisk until batter is smooth. Batter will be rather thick. Add in apple chunks and stir. Cook in microwave for about 1 minute.


18 Responses to “Apple Mug Cake”

  1. lilkunta — August 16, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Kirbie, these bowls are very cute. Is it Daiso exclusive or any asian(or maybe specifically a Japanese?) store will sell it? Or something similiar ? My favorite fruits are mangoes and oranges so those as bowls I’d love.

    I searched and get lots of results for bowl ;

    but nothing for apple bowl or fruit bowl.
    Thank You.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

      I’ve only seen it at Daiso. And actually only at the on in Costa Mesa, but then I haven’t really been to the others. There used to be in San Diego but it changed ownership and I know it’s not there. I’m sure there are other Japanese stores that might sell them but I haven’t seen this particular set anywhere else yet.

  2. El Beauty Blog de Eli — August 16, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Awwww, those bowls are so cute!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

      hehe, thanks

  3. Lauren — August 16, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Those apple bowls are so cute!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      i always think things taste better when they are put in adorable bowls. hehe

  4. Jinxi — August 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Ooh what an adorable mug! It’s so Daiso-esque. Haha.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      I have hard time stopping myself from buying tons of ridiculously cute things I don’t really need from Daiso. hehe. The one in Costa Mesa is huge!

  5. Sheila — October 9, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I love your mug cake recipes! I made this one and used some apple pie spice and it tasted great!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 9th, 2013 @ 8:51 am

      So glad you liked it!

  6. Sammie — February 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Omigosh, I just made my first ever applesauce (we dont have them in my country) just for this mugcake! I will make this soon!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 24th, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      i hope you like it!

  7. Sammie — February 25, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Hi Kirbie! I just mixed up the batter and realized the microwave was not working! So I tried to think about a creative way to cook my cake without a microwave and… BAM! I fried the batter. Yep. It actually tasted good! Thanks Kirbie for the wonderful recipe!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 25th, 2014 @ 9:05 am

      Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing! Now I’m going to try frying my mug cakes!!

  8. Sasha — March 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    That is awesome! where did you get the cute mug? :D

    • Kirbie replied: — March 4th, 2014 @ 1:27 am

      Daiso. It’s a Japanese chain store with several locations.

  9. Anitra — August 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I just have to say, if i can put my cake down long enough to type, this is DELICIOUS apple cake. I used almost an entire small apple and use the struessel recipe from your blueberry cake (only need 1/2 amount) and it is OMG delicious…I call it Yummy Apple Mug Cake :-) thanks so much for great recipe ideas.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 29th, 2014 @ 12:15 am

      ooh, streusel on this one sounds so good. yum!

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