I declare mug cakes are the new black. I know coffee usually goes in mugs, but cake can find a home anywhere. Seriously, mug cakes are essential to college life. Usually we're seeking a dessert for one, and baking that entire cake just isn't worth the time or energy. Luckily, mug cakes are easy to make. With your mug of choice, a few simple ingredients, and a microwave, your very own mug cake can be ready to inhale in less than five minutes. Take a photo after — you can caption it, "This is my mug shot."  

Brownie in a Mug:


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
  • top it with your favorite ice-cream


  1. Add dry ingredients to your mug & mix 

  2. Add wet ingredients, mix until it’s no longer bumpy

  3. Microwave for 2 minutes

  4. Add ice-cream on top

  5. Get a spoon and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug-Cake


  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk

  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips


  1. Add all ingredients into your mug except for chocolate (seriously, not the chocolate yet) & whisk until all batter is smooth (no chunks please, nobody likes chunky cake)

  2. Stir 1 tbsp of chocolate chips into the cake batter evenly throughout.

  3. Add another 1 tbsp concentrated in the center batter (so that when you dig into the center of your cake when it's finished, it's like a chocolate bomb went off in there).

  4. Sprinkle remaining 1 tbsp on chocolate on top.

  5. Microwave for 1 minute. If It’s still a bit gooey, cook for another 15 seconds.

  6. Let cake cool for a few minutes before eating. Then eat, eat, eat!

Snickerdoodle Mug-Cake


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For layering/topping:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients

  2. Blend in milk, butter and vanilla until batter is smooth

  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon to make cinnamon-sugar layering

  4. Put a spoonful of batter on the bottom of your mug and then begin layering by alternating cinnamon-sugar and batter (ending with the cinnamon-sugar layer on top)

  5. Microwave for 1.5 minutes, cool & serve


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