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7 Mug Cakes Made for Midnight Snacking

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Apr 28, 2014 9:37 AM

The clock strikes twelve and hunger sets in. You start craving for something sweet, but you need a quick fix and fast. Don't rummage through your refrigerator, tossing around fruits and vegetables like rooting through a garbage can. Despite your well-stocked refrigerator, you mutter, "ugh, there's nothing in here to eat!" You search your cabinets and turn up empty. Not a cookie or treat in sight. Whatever are you going to do? The hunger is getting stronger.

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Photo by Michael Phams

First of all, don't go dashing out of the house like Cinderella; there's no need to lose a bunny slipper over this. Just like any good fairy godmother, we've come to your rescue with a simple, fast solution to satisfy even the most brutal of cravings. As Cinderella's ordinary pumpkin turned into a beautiful carriage, we will turn your plain old coffee mug into a delectable dessert fit for any prince or princess.

With a little "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo," your eggs, a spoonful of sugar and some everyday ingredients, you too can make magic in your microwave. Satisfy your midnight hunger pangs with 7 of the most mouth-watering and petite mug cakes that will make your sweet dreams come true.

The Classics

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Photo by Teri Lyn Fisher

1.  Classic Yellow Mug Cake

What you need: butter, an egg, milk, sugar, flour, vanilla extract and salt.

Begin with the basics and make a light, fluffy Classic Yellow Mug Cake. Mix in key ingredients from above and you will have a yummy base to add your favorite toppings. Get creative and add a little icing or sprinkles. You can choose the color of your choice for whatever the season. Adding a hint of sweet at the top will be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without sending you straight to the dentist office. This cake would be perfect for a sleepover party; each guest could make and enjoy their own mug cake with its own unique variations.

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Photo by Table for Two

2. The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake

What you need: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk and vegetable oil.

Death by mug cake chocolate. For a sinfully divine dish, try The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake. The best part? It's all for you and you don't have to share with anyone. Chocolate cravings are the worst to squelch and trying this recipe is much better than going out and buying a candy bar. You'll save on the gas money, time and unwanted preservatives. Check out this video to see how it's done to perfection.

Fond Favorites

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3. Carrot Cake Mug Cake

What you need: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla, carrot, almonds and raisins.

Just like grandma used to make. Indulge in this nostalgic delight and say that even though you were craving cake, there is some nutritional value to it...okay, some. You've got carrots, almonds and raisins, right? The Carrot Cake Mug Cake brings out some great spices, perfect for spring time. With a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, you have the perfect single serving of comfort food.

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Photo by Babble

4. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake

What you need: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, an egg, milk, vegetable oil and candy caramels.

So, maybe you have a few caramels laying around in a candy dish in your living room. They've been sitting there for quite some time and you're hungry for something. Instead of sitting and eating all of these candies, mix them into something spectacular. The Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Take the basic ingredients of a chocolate mug cake and add some caramel for a surprise, chewy, gooey center. It's so good, you'll want to make two.

5. Lime Coconut Mug Cake

What you need: flour, baking powder, sugar, coconut milk, coconut flakes and lime zest.

Put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up. Say welcome summer with the Lime Coconut Mug Cake and your taste buds will take a trip to a tropical island in paradise. Often times, a recipe you have calls for a little coconut; however, most stores sell flakes in larger packages. What to do with the extra coconut? Why, make mug cakes! This would be a great patio snack for guests after a late night grilling party. Serve up your mugs with some champagne, Corona or some hot coffee. Keep the party going all night!

Health-Conscious and Heavenly

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Photo by Teri Lyn Fisher

6. Gluten-Free Cocoa Banana Mug Cake

What you need: banana, peanut butter, an egg, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips or nuts.

So, cake isn't traditionally on your menu because of a gluten allergy or nutritional choice. No worries, you can have your cake and eat it too. Go bananas with this Gluten-Free Cocoa Banana Mug Cake. The nice mixture of banana, chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect combination for  a late-night craving. Add some of your favorite nuts or chocolate chips for some texture and crunch. You'll go ape for this sweet treat.

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Photo by Oh My Veggies

7. Vegan Sweet Potato Mug Cake

What you need: egg substitute, water, cooked sweet potatoes, soy milk, vanilla extract, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pecans or walnuts.

Look to this healthy cake option to satisfy your hunger, but not ruin your diet or your conscious food choices. The Vegan Sweet Potato Mug Cake is great if you make a lot of sweet potatoes and have good spices in your pantry. Cook up your sweet potatoes or use leftovers in this dish. That way, the ingredients will mix evenly in the microwave. The great news is this cake takes only minutes to make and less time to devour. So, enjoy every bite while it lasts.

With these amazing recipes, you can transform your royal-pain-make-a-cake-from-scratch routine into a midnight craving fit for a royal. So, stop acting like a peasant and eating anything and everything you can scrounge up, and give your taste buds something it deserves. Once you try a mug cake, you'll never stoop that low again.

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