Whoever invented mug cakes was probably a college student looking for a way to have a couple bites of cake without having to make a whole cake. For the most part, college dorm rooms don’t have an oven and even if they did, a whole cake is a lot for one or two people.

Mug cakes are the perfect single-serving rich and delicious treats that are there for us when we’re staying in on a Saturday night or while we’re pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper that we forgot about. Instead of googling the best mug cakes, here’s a list compiling the yummiest mug cakes around.

1. Chocolate Chip Matcha Mug Cake

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Photo by Pippa Leigh

For when you want to hop on the latest food trend.

2. Oreo Mug Cake

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Photo by Megan Clarkson

If you can’t decided between Oreos or cake, why not have both?

3. Paleo Apple Spice Cake

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Photo by Analiese Trimber

A healthier cake that has a little boost of espresso.

4. Nutella Dark Chocolate Cake

For the nights when you need chocolate on chocolate on chocolate.

5. Pumpkin Spice Cake

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Photo by Case Chun

For feeling #basic.

6. Campfire S’mores Cake


Make this if you’re dying to go camping but you live in a city with no woods to be found.

7. Mug Brownies

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Photo courtesy of Katie Walsh

For the nights when you are feeling a little homesick.

8. Single Serving Banana Bread

This one definitely qualifies as comfort food.

9. Oreo Cheesecake

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Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Cheesecake Factory feels without all the insane amount of calories.