Fall Dessert for One

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by Alexa Carlson, Contributing Writer

Fall is my favorite season to try new recipes. Anything apple, pumpkin, or cinnamon flavored taste divine. However, living in a dorm or apartment can make it harder to experiment with fall’s great flavors. Mug recipes make for the perfect solution. They’re simple and only require microwaving for a few minutes. Plus, you only need to wash your mug and utensils. Below is a collection of easy fall mug recipes for that quick and tasty dessert fix.


october spice ingredients

october spice cake











October Spice Cake:

This cake is the perfect cozy comfort food. The warm blend of spices tastes like the essence of fall. Topped off with cream cheese frosting adds some creamy sweetness to the spicy, moist cake. This would be the perfect cake to curl up with on your futon with a favorite book or magazine. I can picture myself under a fleece blanket paging through a new issue of Lucky or Allure looking for the best fall trends. October Spice cake is the ideal snack for a relaxing night in.

5 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 dashes cinnamon (if you really like cinnamon, add one or two more dashes)
1 dash nutmeg
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk I substituted with regular milk with no problem)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 generous dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla
cream cheese frosting

1. Mix all ingredients with a fork until smooth. The flour clumps a little so make sure you whisk it well with the fork. The consistency will be pretty runny. Taste to batter to be sure the spices are to your liking (no worries, there aren’t any eggs in it); add in more spices as needed.
2. Microwave on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, checking on your cake after 1 minute and microwaving in 30 second intervals thereafter. Every microwave has a different intensity so keep watching your cake as it bakes.
3. Take your cake out of the microwave, garnish with a spoonful of cream cheese frosting and a dusting of cinnamon.



apple pie parfait ingredients

apple pie parfait










Apple Pie Parfaits:

Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities. To get the best apples, there are a few places Madison has to offer. Fabrita Orchard, only a twenty minute drive from campus and open daily, is the perfect place to pick your own fresh apples. If you don’t have a car or the time, the farmer’s market works as a great alternative. What could be a better activity to do with your fresh apples but try a new recipe? These Apple Pie Parfaits are extremely easy to make. They’re the perfect substitute for your mom’s homemade apple pie while you’re away at school- the best cure for homesickness.

1 firm apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less, depending on what you like)
ice cream

1. Peal and dice the apple into small chunks. In a mug toss the apple with the brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon.
2. Microwave for about 1 minute or until the apples are tender enough to easily poke a fork into. Top with granola and vanilla ice cream.


pumpkin caramel cake ingredients

pumpkin caramel cake











Pumpkin Caramel Cake:

Pumpkin pie is a staple dessert during the fall months. This mug cake puts a twist on the classic by including some caramel for any sweet tooth. To accompany this delicious cake, you can add to the theme and enjoy some pumpkin decorating. Living in a dorm or small apartment may make pumpkin carving difficult and no one wants a molding gourd in the living space. Painting and decorating pumpkins are a great option for a crisp autumn afternoon (stay tuned next week for MODA’s DIY on pumpkin decorating).

5 Tbs all purpose flour
3 Tbs canned pumpkin puree (plain)
1 Tbs canola oil
1/2 up to1 tsp cinnamon powder
pinch fresh grated nutmeg
1 large egg
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 Tbs powdered sugar
caramel syrup (used for ice cream)
whipped cream


1. Mix all ingredients (except caramel syrup) to make a batter. This batter will be pretty thick so be sure to use a fork to get rid of any clumps.
2. Put in microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Poke with fork into cooked cake and pour caramel syrup so it soaks into some of the holes. Top with whipped cream.

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