Quarantine Recipes: Mug Cake

Pantry Friendly Comfort

By Jaylin Johnson, Correspondent

As we all approach the end of the semester, and the time for finals, it is important to acknowledge when you do something good. We know the dining hall has some great desserts, but sometimes it is nice to have a freshly made cake in your room when you need it. Mug cakes became popular earlier in the spring of this year along with whipped coffee. It is a good way to get a nice dessert for one person even if you don’t have a full pantry.

Mug cakes can be made in so many ways that everyone can find one they like; some recipes don’t even have any eggs in them. They only take 5 minutes to make and don’t require you to have an oven. This makes them a great dorm treat for when you finally get through all your classes and finals in the upcoming month. The recipe I am going to give is a personal favorite, and I am going to leave a couple of notes of how I make it.

The ingredients needed:

  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • Nutella or whipped cream for the topping
  • Replace the cocoa powder for hot chocolate mix for a less rich cake

After you have picked out the mug for your cake, not too small or else it will overflow, all you need to do is mix the ingredients together in any order you please. Then you microwave the mixture for sixty seconds, or less if you want a softer cake. After that, let it cool for a bit and dig in. I hope you enjoy this fun and quick recipe!