This lightened up mug cake is perfect for the upcoming apple season, and it’s only approximately 172 calories.
I hope you aren’t tired about hearing about my book. I was going to stop talking about it for a few weeks, but I was really craving this skinny apple spice cake after seeing the excerpt shared on the publisher’s blog. I actually didn’t have any apples in the house and went to the farmer’s market to buy them. To my surprise, apples were really difficult to find. The vendors were carrying mainly summer fruits like peaches and figs.
One of my favorite chapters in my new book is the “Skinny Mug Cakes” section, where every recipe is under 200 calories. Making a cake that is low in calories but still tastes like dessert was definitely a challenge, but I was really happy with the ones that are in my book.
This cake replaces oil with applesauce. Of course, it doesn’t taste as rich as a cake using oil, but the applesauce keeps the cake moist and fluffy. There’s a very low amount of sugar in the cake batter, with the fresh apple pieces providing most of the sweetness. The cinnamon spice adds a great flavor so that the cake doesn’t taste too plain.
While making this mug cake, I realized it’s been a while since I experimented with new ones. I think I’m ready to start creating some more!
As mentioned above, this recipe is featured in my new cookbook* of nearly 100 mug cakes!
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Note: To keep it under 200 calories, I had to make sure the cake is truly single-serving, about the size of a cupcake. Because the mug I wanted to use is tall, I doubled the recipe for the purposes of these photos so that you can properly see the cake.
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Skinny Apple Spice Mug Cake
- 4 tbsp (30g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp (22.5ml) fat-free milk
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp (30g) unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp (16g) chopped apples cut into 1/2-inch cubes (see note)
- Combine all ingredients except apple cubes in an oversized microwave-safe mug. Mix with a small whisk until batter is smooth. Stir in apple cubes.
- Cook in microwave for approximately 1 minute. If cake is not done, heat an additional 15 seconds. Let cake cool a few minutes before eating. Cake is best consumed while still warm or within a few hours of it being cooked.
- Make sure you don't leave the apple out, as the cake batter relies partly on the sugar from the apples to provide sweetness. Also, try choosing sweeter apple varieties rather than tart ones.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.