Top 5 “In a Mug” Recipes of All Time

Top 5 In-a-Mug Recipes, all made in the microwave. Click through for all 5 recipes!

Oops. I think I just undid all of the healthy recipes on my blog. Sorry guys.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks browsing, taste testing and trial and error-ing through heaps of “in a mug” or “in a cup” recipes.

Let me tell you: It’s been awesome.

Without further ado, I am excited to share my 5 favorites with you!

Top 5 “In a Mug” Recipes

#5: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Peanut butter-chocolate cake made in the microwave. One of the Top 5 "In a Mug" Recipes!

Chocolate and peanut butter is pretty much the best flavor combination ever. If you’re a chocolate/peanut butter fan, you could be eating this yummy microwave cake in the next five minutes.

Is this the best ever peanut butter dessert made in a mug? Decide for yourself.


  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

In a large mug, sift together the dry ingredients. Add milk, vegetable oil, and peanut butter and mix until smooth. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds. See the original recipe at The Novice Chef.

 #4: Coffee Cake in a Cup

A cup of coffee cake recipe. One of the Top 5 "In a Mug" Recipes of all time!

Try this recipe with or without egg. If you use an egg, it will be dense and compact. If you leave it out, the cake will be more crumbly like a traditional coffee cake. If you’re unsure, try beating an egg in a small bowl and adding a tablespoon or so to the batter.

Ingredients for cake:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Egg (see notes above)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients for crumb topping:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon

To make cake, place butter in large mug and microwave for a few seconds until softened. Add sugar and mix with a fork until creamy. Stir in egg, if using. Add sour cream, vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Mix until smooth.

To make crumb topping, mix all ingredients together until crumbly. Place on top of cake batter and microwave on high for one minute and 10 seconds. Recipe adapted from Pretty Prudent.

#3: French Toast in a Cup

French toast in a cup. One of the Top 5 "In a Cup" recipes from Cheap Recipe Blog. Repin to save!

I was surprised how much this tasted like “real” French toast. But because the bread was cubed, it had almost a bread pudding feel to it. In any case, this was a super delicious dessert/breakfast that I will certainly make again.


  • 1 to 2 slices of bread, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon

Butter the inside of a large mug. Add bread cubes. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, milk, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour egg mixture into the mug. Press down on the bread so that all of the cubes are moistened. Microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds. Top with syrup, whipped cream, or sour cream-brown sugar sauce. See the original recipe at Pretty Prudent.

#2: Individual Chocolate Chip Cookie

Individual chocolate chip cookie, baked in the microwave. One of the 5 Best "In a Mug" recipes from Cheap Recipe Blog. Repin to save!

No kidding, these taste like fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. You can thank me later.


  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 drops of vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, sugars, vanilla, and egg yolk. Add flour and salt. Place in a small microwaveable bowl or ramekin. Microwave on high for 40 to 60 seconds. See the original recipe at No. 2 Pencil.

#1: Fudgy Microwave Brownie in a Cup

Brownie in a mug recipe, from the Top 5 "In a Cup" Recipes of All Time! Repin to save.

These brownies were over-the-top delicious – especially when topped with freshly whipped cream.


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips

Mix the dry ingredients together in a mug. Add oil and water and mix well. Add chocolate chips. Microwave on high for one minute. View the original recipe here.

The Top 5 In-a-Mug recipes of all time. Click through for all 5 recipes!

3 Tips For Making “Mug”Nificent Microwave Desserts

Sometimes mug cakes and other made-in-the-microwave desserts don’t taste great. They can be spongy and dry. Here are a few tips to help you make the best mug cakes and desserts:

  • Eggs – Some mug cake recipes call for a whole egg. That’s a whole lotta egg for one small mug. These recipes are super adaptable, so try adding just a half of an egg, or leave the egg out entirely if you’re unhappy with the texture.
  • Cook time – Desserts can dry out quickly in the microwave. To be safe, start out by cooking for the minimum required time. Then test it out. You want a moist – not a dry and spongy – mug dessert.
  • Trial and error – One thing I love about mug cakes and desserts is that they are super cheap to make. If your first attempt is unsuccessful, you’re only out a few cents. Anyone can afford to do a little trial and error with these types of recipes. Try adding chocolate chips, marshmallows, peanut butter, nuts or other tasty ingredients.

Try this apple-cinnamon mug cake!

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16 Responses to “Top 5 “In a Mug” Recipes of All Time”

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    liz | carpe season — June 7, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Love this post, Haley! I can’t wait to try out that chocolate chip cookie one; sometimes you just need one cookie, you know?

    • Haley replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

      I know! Easy portion control right there.

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    Eileen — June 7, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    I find the mug recipes so counterintuitive! I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a microwave, though. Maybe I could make some of these in the toaster oven…

    My top mug recipes are things like a cup of coffee, or maybe instant couscous with salt, pepper, & olive oil. Hey, coffee totally counts as food! 🙂

    • Haley replied: — June 7th, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

      I know. They’re kind of odd. But in a pinch, I love being only seconds away from eating a chocolate chip cookie!

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    Kathy — June 7, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    What an awesome list! I’ve not made anything in a mug, but this list makes me want to! Can’t wait to try some of these!

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    violet — June 8, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Half of the temptations of those luscious recipes are the beautiful pictures of the final product.

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    Dex Abraham — June 25, 2013 @ 3:14 am

    How did I miss this one?!? This is perfect for my sweet tooth

    • Haley replied: — June 25th, 2013 @ 3:39 am

      I think we have similar taste in food!

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    fashbud — July 16, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    oh my God! I so love you for these Mug recipes! I’m planning to cook for my boyfriend with a little bit of this and a little bit of that menu. This one is perfect! Thank you! You’re heaven sent. Greetings from Philippines! 🙂

    • Haley replied: — July 17th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      What a great idea! I’m sure your boyfriend will love these if he has a sweet tooth 🙂

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    Aimee @ Like Mother Like Daughter — July 16, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, these all look so good! I love mug cakes, cookies, brownies, etc and can’t wait to try all of these!

    • Haley replied: — July 17th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      Thanks Aimee! One word of advice: Don’t eat all 5 in one day! 🙂

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    Romanda — September 27, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Hey Haley
    It would be fabulous if you did a post with mug desserts that don’t require a microwave. I am heading on to a racing yacht where desserts keep our spirits high in cramped conditions and tough weather. However, they have to be simple and CHEAP. We have an oven, a gas stove, a rice cooker but alas no microwave 🙁 Ideas?

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    [email protected]'s Kitchen and Garden — June 13, 2017 @ 1:57 am

    These all sound delicious! i can’t wait to try them all!

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    Jen — June 16, 2017 @ 11:34 am

    I have only made one or two mug recipes but these look great. My daughter loves to bake so I will share them with her. Thanks!

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    Faith (Home Ec @ Home) — June 20, 2017 @ 6:00 am

    The chocolate peanut butter cake looks amazing.  

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