DIY + Tips and Tricks

Mug Cakes: Happiness in a Cup!

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Are you craving cake but too lazy to actually make a full sized cake? Or maybe you don’t have a full kitchen at your disposal like me! Here are some easy mug cake recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth from the comfort of your microwave.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake  

This cake is actually made of only three ingredients! It’s super delicious, simple to make, and so much healthier than boxed cake mix. Crazy, right?



  • 1 egg
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of natural unsweetened cocoa powder

I make this recipe a lot because I don’t eat dairy, and natural cocoa powder doesn’t contain diary. This chocolate mug cake satisfies my chocolate cravings and will satisfy yours too! Just mash the banana really well (emphasis on really well!) in your mug, mix in the egg and cocoa, and cook in the microwave for about 1:30-2:30 minutes (until it’s cooked). Voila, you have a chocolate mug cake! I put almond butter on mine and sometimes strawberries or raspberries. There are so many toppings to choose from to make yours unique and delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake


  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ Tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • ½ Tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup milk or almond milk
  • ¼ Tsp. vanilla extract

This recipe includes more ingredients but is still easy and produces the perfect portion size for one! Mix the dry ingredients together first, and then add in the wet ingredients; if the mixture is crumbly, keep adding milk/almond milk until the batter is thick. Microwave for 1-2 minutes and before you know it, you have yourself a cinnamon roll mug cake! You can add maple syrup, honey or another sweetener of your choice on top with some added cinnamon for some extra sweetness and flavor, and it’s certainly more healthy than a cinnamon bun from the store!

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

The next recipe is for all of my peanut butter lovers out there!

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  • 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter (3 Tbsp. if you really love peanut butter)
  • I egg
  • 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 very ripe banana

This is another easy recipe that consists of very few ingredients that you could probably find around your dorm room or kitchen. Again, mash the banana super well, combine the egg, peanut butter, and maple syrup or honey in your mug, and then put it in the microwave for around 2 minutes. Perhaps sprinkle some chocolate chips on top to sweeten it up a bit!


Honey Almond Oatmeal Mug Cake

This is a recipe I haven’t gotten to try but definitely want to over Thanksgiving break!


  • 1 Tbsp. almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp. quick oats
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter

Again, more ingredients but still a really easy recipe that takes only five minutes or less to whip up! Mix all of the dry ingredients and then mix in the wet ingredients. Microwave for 2-3 minutes (make sure it is cooked all the way through!). Drizzle with some honey and get ready to snuggle up with your cake in a mug during a chilly Syracuse day! Enjoy!

***Caution: Mug’s retain heat REALLY well! For any mug cake recipe, wait a couple minutes before devouring your cake unless you want your mouth to get burned.***  

By: Abby Snelling