I was hungry for a piece of cake, but didn't want to make a whole cake; not even a single layer cake because I will eat the whole thing in a short time frame. You know a piece with dinner, a piece for a bedtime snack, a piece for breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, just because it is there until it is gone. So I thought how about a mug cake. They equal a large slice of cake, get my fix and it won't be in the fridge calling my name. JuuDddYyy JuuDddYyy Aye Taaaste Gggoooddd!
So I wondered around the net looking at recipes. One of my problems with mug cake recipes is no one tells you the volume of the mug they are using. My mugs range from one-cup to two-n-a-quarter cups. So would the recipe overflow in the microwave if I used the one-cup mug or am I going to need a magnifying glass to find it in my big mug? Nobody answers that question. I tend to error on the side of too large. I don't want to waste any cake batter! ; >)
I found a recipe over at thehungryhedgehog called apple cinnamon mug cake. Jess says it makes a small cake and comes with an icing recipe. The cake looks about the size of a cupcake so I doubled it and sprinkled powdered sugar on top. It was okay, if you really like cinnamon. I went back to the web checking apple cake recipes for the cinnamon to flour ratio, which confirmed my feelings there was way, too much cinnamon and not nearly enough apple.
The first thing I did was make up a batch of Apple Pie Spice I found at southernfood.about.com
I just realized I use twice as much cinnamon as they call for.
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
Next up I re-hydrated some apple fruit leathers I had made a while back .8 ounces or 22 grams of dried apple to a half-cup of boiling water let set ten-fifteen minutes to re-hydrated; then blend well.
My rendition of Applesauce Mug Cake
I used my two cup mug but a cup-n-a-half would probable be big enough. Spray the mug with non-stick spray or grease. Use a cereal bowl to mix it in.
6 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar (can use brown)
1/4 tsp apple pie spice
1/4 tsp baking powder
4 Tbsp applesauce
1 Tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
1 Tbsp milk or 1 tsp of powdered milk and 1 Tbsp of water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
1 Tbsp chopped nuts (optional)
1 Tbsp chopped raisins or dates (optional)
Mix the dry ingredients. I added the nuts and raisins to the dry ingredients. Then the wet and mixed until the dry ingredients were wet and no lumps. Scrap the batter into the prepared mug and microwave 60 to 90 seconds depending on your microwave. I would stop it at 60 seconds and use a toothpick to see if it is done before adding the last second 30 seconds.
Because I doubled the recipe, I think it would work in two one-cup mugs. I would shorten up the time to 45 seconds before checking so see if it was done.
I found a Butter Sauce Recipe for an apple cake that I liked the looks of and now that I want to give credit to the blog I found it on, I can't find the blog again. Crap!
EDIT: think I found it: http://www.food.com/recipe/chunky-apple-spice-cake-with-vanilla-butter-sauce-15682
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp heavy cream or 1 tsp of creamer and 1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp brown sugar or 2 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix first three ingredients in a 1-cup ramekin. Cook in 10 to 15 second bursts stirring between each burst until it has thickened about 90 seconds total. Carefully pull out of the microwave and add the vanilla extract. Pour over the cake hot. I loosened up the sides of the cake so the butter sauce would run down the sides of the cake and bottom too. There is more than enough here to cover the two smaller mug cakes if that was the way you made it.
I hope everyone is having a good day!