Sometimes you have a sweet tooth craving you need to satisfy, but you don’t want to go to the time and effort to bake a full-size recipe. Enter the mug cake (or cookie, or cinnamon bun, or pretty much any other dessert of your choice). These delicious desserts in a mug take only five minutes to mix and pop into your microwave and make just a single serving so you don’t have leftovers lying around. Here are 10 of our favorite microwave desserts in a mug:
1. The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
Sometimes you have a craving for chocolate cake, but you’re out of eggs. If you ever find yourself in that situation, turn to this eggless chocolate mug cake recipe. The moist, chocolatey goodness can be achieved with either standard chocolate chips or with a spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella.
2. Red Velvet Mug Cake for Two
Take your love of red velvet to the next level with the addition of caramel and pecans for a truly decadent dessert. This recipe makes cakes for two. If you only want one, halve the ingredients and use just an egg yolk instead of the whole egg. Don’t add the toppings until after you’ve microwaved the cake to avoid scorching them.
If you’re feeling like fall, look no further than this apple pie flavored mug cake. This eggless recipe is vegetarian, and it can be made vegan by substituting plant-based milk for the cow’s milk that this calls for. Make sure not to add too much batter to the mug so the cake has room to rise; otherwise, it’ll overflow.
Channel your Thanksgiving table year-round with this super easy pumpkin mug cake. In fact, it only calls for four ingredients: white cake mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and water. If you have a little bit of pumpkin leftover during your holiday baking, there are worse ways to use it up than this microwave dessert in a mug.
Mug cakes get all the attention, but if you’re more of a cookie person, this recipe has got you covered. This classic chocolate chip cookie flavor goes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pro tip: If you want to make two of these recipes, use one whole egg and split it between two mugs so you don’t have to waste two egg yolks.
This rich, fudgy brownie recipe is the perfect consistency: not too moist, not too dry. The cocoa powder in the batter combines with the chocolate chips for a double dose of sugary goodness. Be careful not to overmix the ingredients, as this can lead to a tough brownie. Whipped cream, sugar and berries all make excellent potential toppings.
If you eat this for breakfast instead of dessert, we won’t tell. This yeast and oil-free recipe uses baking powder to get that classic cinnamon roll puffiness super fast (don’t accidentally use baking soda instead–it won’t work). The cinnamon roll won’t caramelize and get that dark color in the microwave, but the flavors are much the same.
Fruits get all the love when it comes to desserts, so shake things up with this sweet carrot cake mug cake. You’ll make your own simple icing by whipping together cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk for a truly delicious topping. The carrots and walnuts go in the batter, but you can add a little more on top as a garnish after putting it in the microwave.
If fudge and s’mores had a baby, this mug cake would be it. The graham crackers, cocoa powder, milk chocolate and marshmallow fluff combine the classic flavors of a s’more in the easy-to-eat (and easy-to-clean) form of a mug cake. And it’s so much easier to make this microwave dessert in a mug than to stoke a fire for IRL toasting.
This delicious mug cake uses common pantry ingredients for a sweet snack. If you don’t have self-rising flour on hand, use regular all-purpose flour instead and mix it with one-fourth teaspoon of baking powder. You’ll also make your own super-simple buttercream icing by whipping together butter and confectioners sugar for the perfect mug cake topping.
These 10 delicious microwave desserts in a mug will satisfy your cravings for sweets in just five minutes, with minimal cleanup (you only have to put one cup in the dishwasher!). Just make sure to use a microwave-safe mug!