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Whether you’re limiting your calorie intake or don’t enjoy sharing food, microwavable mug cakes are a quick and easy alternative to baking standard-sized confections. Many times requiring only a small number of ingredients in very small quantities, the single serving dessert makes the perfect weekday snack to satisfy any late-night sugar craving. We’ve rounded up 13 of the most drool-worthy recipes we could find. From tried and true classics to innovative re-creations, these pre-portioned treats always deliver.

1. Orange Chocolate Mug Cake

While the essence of orange may be off-putting to some, it complements the chocolate perfectly. A dose of vitamin C is also nothing to scoff at (though we’re not entirely sure we’d call this “healthy.”) Get the Orange Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.

2. Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake


Raspberry preserves and shredded coconut give this recipe a Black Forest twist, but it most closely resembles the lava cakes you salivate over at your favorite restaurant. Get our Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.

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3. Lemon Mug Cake

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A citrusy treat is the perfect complement to warm temperatures. (And a perfect protest to achieving your dream bikini bod). Get the Lemon Mug Cake recipe.

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Mug Cake

Kirbie Cravings

Honestly, anything that resembles a melted Reese’s cup will always have our attention. This peanut butter and chocolate-heavy concoction does not disappoint. But does peanut butter and chocolate anything EVER disappoint? The answer is clearly no. Get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.

5. S’Mores Mug Cake

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You don’t need bug spray, sticks, and a campfire to enjoy America’s favorite summertime treat. In fact, all you need is a mug and a few familiar ingredients. Feeling extra fancy? Ditch the Hershey for a more decadent bar of chocolate. Get the S’mores Mug Cake recipe.

6. Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

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Sugar, spice, and everything nice with this microwavable take on a cookie classic. Though cinnamon is an appetite suppressant, this dessert will leave you wanting even more. Get the Snickerdoodle Mug Cake recipe.

7. Carrot Mug Cake

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It wouldn’t be a true carrot cake without the cream cheese frosting. This cake has not one, but two layers of the sweet, creamy stuff. Who ever said good things can’t come in small packages? Get the Carrot Mug Cake recipe.

8. Red Velvet Mug Cake

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Red velvet is Southern, but your baking skills will go north after impressing family members with this depth of flavor. Just don’t tell them it took you less than ten minutes to prepare. Get the Red Velvet Mug Cake recipe.

9. Banana Mug Cake

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Chef tested, monkey approved. You’ll go bananas over this unique mug with a brown sugar glaze. Get the Banana Mug Cake recipe.

10. Funfetti Mug Cake

Kirbie Cravings

It doesn’t have to be your birthday to celebrate snack time with sprinkles. In fact, funfetti snack time should be an everyday occurrence. Get the Funfetti Mug Cake recipe.

11. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

A Virtual Vegan

Who knew that a basic drinking device could capture those spirals we love so much? Good news, health freaks. This one’s vegan. Get the Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake recipe.

12. Apple Crumble Mug Cake

Pickled Plum

Topping this creation with vanilla ice cream is almost too sinful. But if adding ice cream is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Get the Apple Crumble Mug Cake recipe.

13. Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake

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Crumb cake, who? Your breakfast just got an instant upgrade with this instant recipe. Let those sugar crystals shine. Get the Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake recipe.

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