Hot Chocolate Mug Cupcakes: An Easy, Single-serving Recipe

From dinner to dessert, baking in a mug is a fun way to dish up single-serving meals and treats in a matter of minutes. Whether you're craving meatloaf, muffins, or need a gooey chocolate cake, we've got eight cool recipes that are cooked in a mug. Recipes so quick and simple you can make them for a midnight snack, or a super quick meal, or right now. Because, when it comes to cooking in a mug, there are all sorts of things to make, eat, and enjoy!

These hot chocolate mug cupcakes, for example, are as cute as they come. Topped with fresh whipped cream and mini marshmallows, they are perfect for a fun winter dessert, and my kids gobbled them up still warm from the oven after arriving home on the school bus, marveling at the fact that I offered them hot chocolate that turned out to be cake.

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups very hot water or coffee
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla together. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour in the hot water slowly and continue mixing until the water has just been mixed in.

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2. Pour the batter into heat-safe mugs (6- or 8-ounce size) and place them 1-2″ apart on a sheet pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until center bounces back when touched. Remove from oven on the tray.

3. Beat heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Top warm cupcakes with whipped cream and mini marshmallows and serve.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Variations:
• substitute peppermint extract for vanilla
• add in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne for Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes

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