Three Mug Cake Recipes to Make in your Dorm

As someone with dietary restrictions, I’ve resorted to eating in my dorm room rather than the dining hall on many occasions. I’ve taught myself how to make everything from pasta to cakes in my rice cooker. Since not everyone has a rice cooker, and they aren’t allowed in every residence hall, I figured I’d share some microwave friendly recipes! I’ve created three mug cake recipes that are all super simple and delicious!


  1. Banana Bread Mug Cake

This banana bread is just as good as what your mom might make for you at home but even easier to make! It’s also a perfect way to use up a banana that has gone brown. (Check out the recipe here.)


     2. Chocolate Mug Cake

I need to eat chocolate in some form at least once a day, so this cake definitely satisfies that craving. The chocolate chips are optional, but they really bring the cake to the next level. (Check out the recipe here.)  


     3. Apple Cinnamon Mug Cake

Apples. Cinnamon. Brown Sugar. This recipe just screams fall to me. It is so comforting and delicious. If you happen to go apple picking this fall, a handpicked apple would make this recipe even better! (Check out the recipe here.)


If you are living in a dorm without a kitchen, this may seem like a lot of ingredients for you to store; if that’s the case, I have some hacks for you! Instead of using flour, baking powder, and salt, you can actually substitute the three of them with an all-purpose baking mix like Bisquick! Use as much Bisquick as the recipe calls for flour. For the banana bread and apple cinnamon mug cakes, use ¼ cup Bisquick, and use 3 tablespoons for the chocolate mug cake. Additionally, a lot of these ingredients can be found in the dining halls! You can find sugar in the dispensers near the silverware and napkins in all of the full-service dining halls. There is also brown sugar out in the morning near the oatmeal; just take a small condiment cup and fill it with sugar (and it’s free)! You can also buy almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer) in the dining hall. If you don’t want to buy vanilla extract for these cakes, buy vanilla almond milk to get the same flavor. You can also replace coconut oil with butter or margarine from the dining hall refrigerators. One wrapped piece of butter or tub of margarine is equal to one teaspoon. And finally, you can buy the banana and apple in the dining hall too! The fruit may be more expensive in the dining hall than if you were to buy it at a grocery store, but if you have a meal plan, you may as well get it on campus.



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