This caramel apple cake was created for those who want a single serving of a decadent caramel cake and they want it in a hurry. Before you could even run to the store, you can have this easy cake out of the microwave and into your tummy. And yes, it’s sweet, but I sneaked in some oats for a bit of fiber and to give the batter more body.
It’s part of my series on “single serving foods.” Watch for others in the future.
The “cake in a cup” journey has been an interesting one.
Recently I posted my chocolate cake in a cup, which was very well received. http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/2012/02/03/chocolate-cake-in-a-cup If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll want to try it.
Along the way, I experimented with Muffins in a Mug with some great results.
The cinnamon muffin in a mug has also gotten a lot of attention.
http://www.nanaclareskitchen.com/2012/02/24/cinnamon-muffin-in-a-mug/ It’s a healthy breakfast muffin that will really keep you feeling full for hours. It started with the directions for the “Skinny Muffin” featured on Dr. Oz and then evolved into something that I thought was more palatable. In fact, I’ve made so many different versions of this that I’ve created an easy “muffin mix” that I’ll share with you soon.
My son-in-law, Jason requested a caramel cake after I posted the chocolate one, so I couldn’t let that challenge go unmet. I may not keep my own kids happy all the time, but I really try to please my three “in-law” kids, Jason, Becky and Kara. I had a great time creating this recipe and I hope you all enjoy it.
Note: The texture of any of the mug or cup creations won’t be the same as a cupcake or muffin baked in an oven, but don’t let that stop you from trying it.
Be sure to use a baking apple, such as Honey Crisp, McIntosh, Braeburn, Jazz or Pink Lady. Do not use Red Delicious apples, as they do not bake well and you won’t get the same result.
Although Granny Smith are great for regular apple pies, you may find them too tart for this cake in a cup.
Caramel Apple Cake in a Cup
Into a coffee cup put:
2 TBS vanilla yogurt
1 TBS oil
3 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TBS flour – your choice
1 TBS quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 of a small apple (or 1/3 of a medium one) Wash and core the apple and cut into small pieces. No need to peel.
Whisk the egg, oil, yogurt, vanilla and sugar in a coffee cup that holds at least 1 1/2 cups.
Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
Fold in the apple pieces.
Microwave about 2 1/2 minutes.
Invert onto a plate and enjoy warm.