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Five Mug Recipes

College life can make it difficult to bake. You might be living on a budget or have no access to an oven. Or maybe you just hate doing dishes. In the midst of midterms, snacks are a necessity, and you don’t have to spend hours baking to whip up some study fuel. Here are some mouth-watering recipes you can make with a few ingredients, a mug, and a microwave.

Chocolate Cake

This recipe turns a classic dessert into a convenient single-serving snack. I like to put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake when it’s fresh out of the microwave.

Vanilla Cake

For those who prefer vanilla, this recipe has you covered. Top with sprinkles after baking for more fun.

Snickerdoodle Cake

Recreate the flavors of the delicious cookie in mug cake form. Cinnamon and vanilla flavors make this cake stand out.


Microwave recipes can also be savory! To create a quick breakfast, mix one egg and two egg whites into a mug along with cheese, ham, bell pepper, and any other ingredients you like. Microwave for one minute, stir and continue to microwave until the eggs are set.


It sounds a little absurd, but mug pizza does exist. This website also contains recipes for five microwave meals including mug pizza.

If getting together the ingredients is too much of a hassle, brands like Betty Crocker and Foodstirs offer ready-made mug cake mix. Bon Appetit!

Emma is a third-year student studying Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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