Easy Desserts You Can Make In A Mug

Got a mug? You can make dessert in it!

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Yes! You can make dessert in a mug! These are the easiest dessert recipes you can make and you don't need a lot of ingredients or even baking pans! All you need is a microwave-safe mug, a few ingredients to make whatever it is you are craving, and your microwave oven. 

Before you start, you need to check if your mug (or any container) is microwave safe. Unless the mug manufacturer says it is, you may not even know if it's safe to heat it up in the microwave! How can you tell if your mug is safe to use in the microwave?

Here's how to do a quick test to check if your mug is microwave safe:  

  1. 1. Fill your mug with water halfway up. 
  2. 2. Place it in the microwave and heat it up on High for 30 seconds to 1 minute. 
  3. 3. Test the heat. 

If the water is hot but the handle or the top half of the mug is cool to the touch, your mug is probably microwave safe. If the water is hot as well as the rest of the mug, choose another mug. This is one mug that might not be safe to use in the microwave. Once you have a mug that's microwave safe, you can decide on which easy dessert to try first!     


Here are the sweet, easy desserts you can make in a mug: 

Photo by Riell Santos
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1 Brownies in A Mug Recipe

If there is a chocolate dessert that is all about rich and decadent flavors, a brownie is the way to go. What's so great about this recipe is that it needs a few ingredients but it's not a lot. Since these are individually-sized portions, you can make as many as you want to make! It's that easy. Want to see how? You can watch how it's done with this recipe.  


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2 Banana Bread In A Mug Recipe 

One of the first recipes a baker usually turns to is the banana bread. It's an almost no-fail recipe because the bananas not only give it its signature flavor but it also helps keep it moist and tender, even with a little overbaking. For this recipe, there's no need to worry since this is the quickest way to make it. 


Watch how to make this banana bread recipe and follow along with the recipe: 

Banana Bread in a Mug Recipe

  • Takes 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 serving 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh milk 
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed 
  • 1 Mix flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a microwave-safe mug. 
  • 2 Add vegetable oil, vanilla, milk, and bananas. Mix well. 
  • 3 Microwave on High for 1 minute 30 seconds up to 2 minutes until cooked through. Let cool slightly before serving.  
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3 Chocolate Cake In A Mug Recipe 

If brownies are not your thing and you want a legt chocolate cake, this super easy chocolate cake recipe should hold you steady. Just like the other recipes, this requires the same baking ingredients you normally would need but uses up a lot less than you would for a big serving.   

Watch how this easy chocolate cake recipe is done and then follow along with this recipe: 

Chocolate Cake in A Mug Recipe 

  • Takes 5 minutes 
  • Makes 1 serving 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed (alkalized) cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 5 tablespoons fresh milk 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 1 Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, and salt together in a bowl. 
  • 2 Whisk in milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour into a microwave-safe mug. 
  • 3 Bake in the microwave on High for 1 minute up to 1 minute 20 seconds, or until cooked through. Let cool slightly before serving.       
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4 Bread Pudding In A Mug Recipe 

If you have bread that has become too hard to be enjoyable to eat, this is one recipe that need to turn that stale bread into something delicious. A bread pudding is basically bread soaked in a custard mixture and cooked until it becomes soft, sweet, and creamy. You can make individual servings with this recipe!


You can watch how this easy bread pudding recipe is done and grab the ingredients you need to make it: 

Bread Pudding In a Mug Recipe      

  • Takes 3 minutes 
  • Makes 1 serving 
  • 1 1/2 slices bread, cubed 
  • 1 medium egg 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1/3 cup fresh milk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 Place bread cubes in a microwave-safe mug. Set aside.
  • 2 In a bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Pour over bread cubes and allow to soak, pressing down on the cubes as needed. 
  • 3 Microwave on High for 1 minute up to 1 minute 30 seconds or until the custard has set. 
  • 4 Drizzle with cream, condensed milk, ground cinnamon, powdered sugar, or other toppings as desired. Serve while hot.        
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5 Microwave Molten Lava Chocolate Cake Recipe 

Lava cakes got its name from the oozing mixture that is usually found at the center of the dessert. It's usually undercooked batter that's usually responsible for this but there are molten lava cakes that have other ingredients pressed into the center to simulate this same gooey texture. You don't need to go to any lengths to make this lava cake! The best news yet is that this uses a brownie mix so you don't need to grab too many ingredients from the cupboard. Here's the recipe:    

What other desserts would you like to see made in the microwave? How about a microwave cookie? You can make cookies if you have a toaster oven! Did you know that you can "fry" a cookie in a frying pan in case you don't have an oven or even a toaster oven? If you know of any other hacks you can do, let us know!   



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