This recipe was inspired by all the wonderful cooks here on JAP who cook for 2. I made this today and it got rave reviews from the family. It was very moist and tasty for being done in the microwave. My mother said, "it's a cake that will feed 3 or more, but can be eaten by one."
Hope you all like it.
BTW - don't let the length of the directions throw you. This is very simple, I'm just long-winded. LOL
1Put 2 TBS room temperature butter into a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup (at least 4 cups).
2Add 4 TBS sugar, or baking sweetener of your choice, to the softened butter and mix until creamy.
3Add 1 room temperature egg and whisk until well incorporated.
4Add 4 TBS sour cream or moistener of your choice (e.g. plain yogurt, mayonnaise, applesauce, etc.) and whisk until well incorporated.
5Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and whisk until well incorporated.
6Add 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 tsp baking powder to the batter and mix with spatula until just incorporated.
7Fold in 1/3 cup cinnamon chips and your apple, along with whatever other additions you like, until combined. Set cake batter aside and make your crumb topping.
8In a small bowl, put 2 TBS butter, 4 TBS flour, 2 TBS brown sugar, 1 tsp white sugar (can use more if you like a sweeter topping), 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (more or less to your taste). Using your fingers, mash together to form a crumbly mixture. You can also add 2 TBS quick oats and/or 2 TBS nuts at this point.
9Spray Pam into a microwave-safe glass baking dish (I use 18 cm Pyrex dish, but you can use smaller or larger depending on how tall you want the cake). Wipe out the dish leaving just a light film.
10Pour 1/2 of your batter into the bowl and sprinkle about 1/2 of your crumb topping to cover the batter. Add a few chips, raisins or nuts if you like. Pour the remaining batter on top and sprinkle the remaining crumb topping to cover the batter. Add additional chips nuts and fruit on top of your cake if you desire. I like adding additional cinnamon chips.
11Microwave on high for 3 minutes and check with a toothpick in the center to see if done. If the toothpick has wet batter, microwave for another minute and check again to see if done. Repeat at 1 minute intervals until done to your liking. My microwave took 6 minutes. Remember, timing will vary depending on the size of your cooking bowl
12When done cooking, remove from microwave and set on a rack to cool for a bit. Flip out onto a plate and invert onto another plate so top is showing. Cake is ready to serve. You can also serve it straight from the dish if you desire.
13If you want your cake a bit richer/sweeter, take some softened cream cheese, mix it with honey and cinnamon (to your taste), then drizzle a bit on cake...DEEELISH!
You can also use Philadelphia Cream Cheese Indulgence instead of making your own. Just as good.
14NOTE: if your microwave baking dish is more than 1/2 full, you may want to put a plate under it while cooking to catch any potential overflow.