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Being at college can sometimes be really tough when it comes to your meals. If you’re a freshman, or you simply can’t afford the nice dorms, you don’t get the luxury of a stove. Not to mention that the on campus dining options can be either boring or unhealthy. College can be hard and being stressed out always makes me want a nice chunk of cake! Unfortunately, without a stove I could never make it. However, you do not need a stove to make delicious dishes in the comfort of your own room. You simply need a microwave, a mug, and a few ingredients. Check out these D.I.Y mug recipes for a tasty dorm treat!

1. Cake in a Mug


  • Cake mix (of choice)
  • Frosting (of choice)
  • Microwavable mug
  • Tablespoon (or a simple spoon)
  • Water

These ingredients can be purchased right at Loped Mart or The Grid

Steps to your delicious mug cake:

1.    Add 3 tablespoons (or spoonful’s) in your selected microwavable mug

2.    Add 2 tablespoons of water (a little water may be needed to dissolve cake mix)

3.    Mix the mixture together and then place mug in microwave for 1 minute

4.    Let cake cool and then add your frosting


2. Mac N’ Cheese Mug Style 

Some people don’t like artificial mac n’ cheese; so here we are with a recipe for those who want homemade mac n’ cheese or for those who want to try something new!


  • ⅓ cup noodles
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • large microwavable mug (or large bowl)

1. In your mug (or bowl) add your noodles and water.

2. Microwave for 4 minutes – check noodles and put in the microwave longer if noodles are not fully cooked

3. Pour the remaining water out (careful! The mug may be hot!)

4. Stir in milk, shredded cheese, and cornstarch – mix together and put back in microwave for 1 minute


3. French Toast in a Mug

Want a yummy breakfast before your day begins?! Try this delicious french-toast that you can make in the comfort of your room!


  • 1 tablespoon butter; melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 slices bread, cut into cubes


1. Coat the inside of your mug with your melted butter

2. Stir melted butter, milk, egg, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together in the mug. Press bread cubes into the mixture and microwave for 5 minutes.


4. Pepperoni Pizza in a Mug

Craving a little homemade pepperoni pizza? Slices not cutting it? Want something new? LOVE pizza? Here is a perfect little pizza mug recipe for you!


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon marinara sauce
  • 1 generous tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 5 mini pepperoni


1.    Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in your mug

2.    Add in your milk and oil and mix well

3.    Spread your pizza sauce on the top of the batter

4.    Sprinkle cheese and add your pepperoni

5.    Microwave your pizza for 1 minute and 30 seconds and then let cool








Hello everyone! My name is Tarah Shuman. I am currently a freshman at GCU with a promising degree in Elementary Education. I am 19 years old and my birthday is March 8, 1997. Being a part of HerCampus is an extremely great opportunity for myself; seeing as I have always enjoyed writing, and I have a few personal short stories that I have not finished.
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