In A Mug

Have you ever wanted to have a dinner that doesn’t require you to leave your dorm room but isn’t ramen noodles in a bag?  All you need is a mug and a microwave.

These recipes are sure to meet your taste bud’s requirements. There are slightly different ways to make them so a Google search for a recipe that looks like it would match your tastes is probably the best approach. Or, you can click on the link here. There are seven mug meals that we tested out to see if they were compatible with the dorm aesthetic. Realizing that there are 3 meals in a day and of course, snacks, we wanted to include a variety of meals to try.

Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

First, on the list of recipes, we have macaroni and cheese in a mug. This “mac in a mug” is a staple in dorm room living, with Velveeta and Kraft as competitors, we knew that this recipe might not be necessary. 

“The macaroni and cheese was pretty good for being made in a dorm room.” Emily Johnson, UA freshman studying English, said, “I would definitely invest in the ingredients myself and make it again in the future.”

This is the perfect food if you want a quick snack before class or a small dinner that you can make if you don’t want to get out. When making the macaroni and cheese, I find it works better with non-shredded cheese. The shredded/grated cheese doesn’t melt/mix well with the cornstarch and milk paste. Also, you can’t escape the water boiling over the top, so make sure to put salt in the cup to raise the boiling point or put a bowl underneath the cup to catch the water.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

The next mug recipe is one that most will love, chocolate cake. This mug cake is perfect to fix a sweet tooth craving or a late-night dessert. The chocolate chips melting perfectly inside the fluffy texture of the cake brings a mouth-watering response. The only standing problem with this recipe was the dry taste of the cake. To fix this, just add more milk or lower the cooking time. You can always put the cake in for longer, but you can’t take away time cooked. 

Chocolate cake in a mug

The finished result of the chocolate cake recipe

“It was surprisingly one of the top ten cakes I’ve ever had. Other then the slight dryness of the cake, it was really good,” Liam O’Connell, UA freshman living in Ridgecrest South, said. 

Mexican Corn in a Mug

Have you ever wanted to try Mexican corn? How about Mexican corn in a mug? If you have wanted to try it and needed an easy dish to make, this is the perfect side to a meal or the meal itself. This perfectly seasoned mug recipe can make for a great snack as well. The sour of the lime combined with the tartness of the mayonnaise contrasted with the sweetness of the corn brings a delightful burst of flavor on the tastebuds. This dish is very easy to make, but also very easy to spill, due to its liquidy state. Be careful to always keep your measurements proportional to the size of your mug. 

“I thought it was both creamy, while flavorful, yet the corn stayed crunchy. I was surprised at how good the meal was to be made in a mug and not be the typical ‘mug cake’ everyone talks about,” Jack Bragg, UA freshman studying business, said. 

Omelet in a Mug

Ever wanted to step up your breakfast game but didn’t know how? Omelet in a mug is the answer. This recipe can be made to fit or handle any toppings that you would like mixed in with your omelet. Be careful not to overcook the eggs when you put the eggs in the microwave the second time with toppings. Also, use a larger mug to cook your omelet because the eggs will sometimes run over the top of the mug.

Scrambled Eggs in a Mug

“It was genuinely a pretty good omelet with the toppings”

“It was genuinely a pretty good omelet with the toppings, mostly just tasted like scrambled eggs,” Griffin Burgess, UA freshman, said.

Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

Want the yummy blueberry muffin with the crumble topping from Starbucks without the high price? This recipe is for you. This is the perfect breakfast for your early 8 a.m. or your later 11 a.m. You can also use this recipe for any muffin, not just blueberries, but chocolate chip muffins or strawberry muffins, etc. The crumble topping brings a perfect, crusted taste of melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon combined with the tartness of the blueberries. This was by far the best recipe outcome. 

“This was one of the best muffins I have ever had. The crumble topping is now my favorite thing,” Georgie Fickling, UA freshman studying engineering, said. 

French Toast in a Mug

Looking for a taste of your mom’s homemade breakfast? The Cracker Barrel’s special, Mama’s French Toast? The bite-sized french toast nuggets inside the mug make for a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. For this recipe, you have to make sure and whisk the wet ingredients very, very well. If you do not mix well and don’t add enough bread, you can end up with bread and eggs instead of french toast. 

“This tasted pretty good to be made in a mug. The nuggets were a nice touch,” Ennis Lange, UA freshman living in Ridgecrest South, said. 

French Toast in a Mug

“The bite-sized french toast nuggets inside the mug make for a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.”

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

This is the best way to recreate a cinnamon roll in a dorm! The creation of a cinnamon roll cake is beyond most borders of the imagination, but to think it could be made in a mug is marvelous.

The most important step in making this cinnamon roll cake is to use the cooking spray or just rub oil on your mug. The cleaning process was a chore trying to scrape the cake off the mug. Also, make sure you mix your flour in the mixture well so you don’t end up with a bunch of flour at the bottom of your mug when you dive into the cake. 

“This tasted more like a cake than a cinnamon roll, but it was still pretty tasty,” Michael Patella, UA freshman, said.