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Sweet Treats In 5 Minutes! 20 Mug Cake Recipes That Get Us Drooling

Sweet Treats In 5 Minutes! 20 Mug Cake Recipes That Get Us Drooling

In the last twelve months I’ve noticed a steady rise in mug cake photos and written accolades over all of my social media networks. I really didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, especially considering that most seemed like a desperate attempt at making a quick dessert out of the few ingredients people had in their fridges.

Oh, how wrong I was.

After trying one or seven of these fabled entities myself, I was a convert. I also discovered that they can be of a far higher quality than I ever imagined, which we’re going to see through the collection of 20 mug cake recipes I’ve compiled for you. As an added bonus, they’re one thing that won’t disappoint you when they’re finished in three minutes.

1. Nutella Mug Cake

    Recipe Source: Be What We Love

    This is so beautiful that I almost shed a tear. It also puts my after school Nutella sandwiches to shame.

    2. Double Lemon Mug Cake

      Recipe Source: The Boomer Brief

      I have to admit that prior to writing this article, I always considered mug cakes as something one used primarily for chocolatey treats. This double lemon number has certainly proven me wrong. It’s zesty, fresh and the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea. It even has the teacup to match!

      3. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

        Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

        It’s winter here in Australia, which makes it the perfect time for warm, sugary snacks. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve always equated cinnamon with cold weather, so this mug cake is particularly mouth watering to me right now.

        4. Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake

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          Recipe Source: Kurryleaves

          You guys should know by now how my heart is set aflutter by the combination of chocolate and coffee. Also, it’s in a mug, so the caffeine hit absolutely makes sense.

          5. Peanut Butter Mug Cake

            Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

            In addition to being delicious, a peanut butter mug cake is great because most of us are guaranteed to always have the main ingredient lying around in our cupboards.

            6. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake

              Recipe Source: Babble

              If anyone thinks that salted caramel has been overused in mainstream foodie society, I say try this. You’ll be back on the band wagon soon enough.

              7. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

                Recipe source: No. 2 Pencil

                I realize that this isn’t strictly a mug cake, but … how could I resist such a classic dessert that’s still in a cup? My argument is that it comes out soft and has a texture that’s closer to a cake than a cookie, so it counts. Also, just look at it!

                8. Choc-Orange Mug Cake

                  Recipe source: Pixi Wishes

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                  Chocolate and orange is my favorite flavor combination after coffee and chocolate. As such, how was I to resist this? It’s like a soft jaffa in my mug!

                  9. Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

                    Recipe Source: Babble

                    Perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the sun!

                    10. S’more Mug Cake

                      Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                      Seeing as it’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, that makes it the perfect time for s’mores! If you don’t plan on camping anytime soon though, cheat by making a mug cake!

                      11. Banana Mug Cake with Coffee Ice Cream

                        Recipe Source: Love Swah

                        Look, I know this whole “coffee in everything!” mentality is becoming a problem for me, but at least it’s a delicious one! Also, banana and coffee are an amazing combination, so I couldn’t leave it off the list!

                        12. Vegan Sweet Potato Mug Cake

                          Recipe Source: Oh, My Veggies

                          Because cake can be delicious and healthy.

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                          13. Moist Very Vanilla Mug Cake

                            Recipe Source: Table for Two

                            Vanilla doesn’t have to be boring, especially when it’s this delectable and moist. Yes, I’ve said “moist” three times now.

                            14. Moist Chocolate Mug Cake

                              Recipe Source: Table for Two

                              Make that four times.

                              Also, just look at that bad boy. Damn.

                              15. Coconut and Lime Mug Cake

                                Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                This tasty treat laughs at the idea that cakes are heavy, cold weather food. Seriously, it was made to be refreshing in those warm summer months.

                                16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

                                  Recipe Source: The Novice Chef

                                  We’ve had a peanut butter entry and more than one chocolate one. I simply had to bring these two lovers together, where they belong.

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                                  17. Pancake Mug Cake

                                    Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                    Cake. It’s what’s for breakfast.

                                    I think I may be in love with this woman.

                                    18. Brownie in a Cup

                                      Recipe Source: No. 2 Pencil

                                      Brownies may be my favorite chocolate treat. I love them even more when they’re ready in mere minutes!

                                      19. Chocolate Peppermint Mug Cake

                                        Recipe Source: Yum & Yummer

                                        It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.

                                        20. Pizza Mug Cake

                                          Recipe Source: Kirbie’s Cravings

                                          Yeah, you read that correctly. Who said that cake couldn’t be savory?

                                          Featured photo credit: The Little Owl Shop via 2.bp.blogspot.com

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                                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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