Taste of Home: Apple crumble mug cake

Eloise Head, founder of Fitwaffle Kitchen, shares a simple and nostalgic childhood classic that fits perfectly into your favourite mug

Apple crumble always reminds me of winter dinners at home with my family. Mum would cook dinner, which was usually something like roast chicken, toad in the hole, or beef stew, and I would help make the apple crumble. I always loved chopping up the apples and eating the apple peel, but my favourite bit was making the crumble topping with my hands! It’s such a comforting dessert. Dad and I always enjoyed it with cold custard.

This recipe has all the flavours of the classic, made just for two, with only five ingredients. Perfect if you don’t have a lot of mouths to feed, but still want to enjoy a warming apple crumble at home.

Apple crumble mug cake


Serves 2

For the filling:

  • 5g (1 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and cubed

For the topping:

  • 40g (4 ¾ tbsp) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 40g (3 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 40g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter, cold and cubed


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/350°F/gas mark 4.

  2. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl or mug until combined, then add the chopped apple and toss until coated in the mixture.

  3. In another small bowl or mug, mix together the flour, sugar and cold butter until combined. I prefer to do this with my fingertips until it becomes crumbly.

  4. Scoop the apple mixture into two separate ramekins, then evenly crumble over the topping.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the apples are soft.

Serving suggestion: Serve your apple crumble warm with cream or ice cream. Yum!

Tip: Add cinnamon and oats to the topping for even more flavour.

Extracted from Fitwaffle’s Baking It Easy by Eloise Head (Ebury Press, £20)

Banner image by Faith Mason ©

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