30 Desserts in a Cup: Sweet Treats in Convenient Portions!

Looking for a quick and easy dessert fix that won’t leave you with a whole cake to eat? Look no further than these adorable desserts in a cup! From mug cakes to parfaits to mini-trifles, there’s something for everyone in this collection of sweet treats.

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These individual servings are perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth without overindulging. Plus, making small batches means you can try a new recipe every week and never get bored! And with these tried and true recipes, you won’t have to worry about any mug cake mishaps.

1. Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

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If you’re hesitant about making a mug cake, don’t be! This recipe is more like a thick, soft cookie and it’s heaven in a cup. Plus, since it doesn’t include eggs, there’s no fear of undercooking it.

However, microwaves vary from house to house, so it’s recommended to work in 30-second increments and check the cake’s progress. To ensure you get that real cinnamon taste, alternate the cinnamon sugar with batter as you fill the mug.

2. Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

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If you want to impress your guests or simply indulge yourself, you can’t go wrong with strawberry shortcake trifles. These individual trifles are perfect for any occasion and can be made in mason jars or wine glasses.

Layer sliced pound cake, macerated strawberries, and whipped cream to create a sweet and creamy dessert. You can also add a drizzle of strawberry sauce for extra flavor.

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3. Brownie in a Mug

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When you’re craving a warm and fudgy brownie but don’t want to make a whole batch, this recipe is the perfect solution. Simply combine cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips in a mug.

Then, add oil, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until just combined. Microwave for about a minute, and you’ll have a warm and gooey brownie in a mug. Top with whipped cream or ice cream for an extra treat. It’s a quick and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the hassle of baking a whole batch of brownies.

4. Oreo Dirt Pudding Parfaits (No-bake)

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Looking for a no-bake dessert that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion? Try making Oreo Dirt Pudding Parfaits! Although it takes a little longer than 60 seconds in the microwave, these dessert cups are worth the wait. You can use simple short glasses that you can buy online or at the dollar store, and they work super well for these parfaits.

With the cream cheese filling, it’s like eating a light cheesecake, and you can always switch out pudding flavors. If you want to try something different, you can use butterscotch pudding with golden Oreos.

5. Vanilla Funfetti Mug Cake

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This vanilla funfetti mug cake is a quick and easy dessert that’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

6. Strawberry Eton Mess

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If you’re short on time or don’t feel like making meringue from scratch, this recipe is perfect for you. Ready-made meringues can be purchased from the store and will hold for a while in your cupboard, so you can make this dessert whenever you want.

The recipe combines fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and crumbled meringue cookies for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert.

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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If you’re in the mood for a rich and decadent dessert, try making a chocolate peanut butter mug cake. This recipe combines the perfect amount of chocolate and peanut butter for a delicious treat.

For an extra special touch, add some caramel on top or mix in some chocolate chips or chopped peanut butter cups. Indulge yourself with this easy-to-make dessert.

8. No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Parfait

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To make a quick and easy No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Parfait, start by using store-bought pound cake to cut down on prep time. Nobody will know the difference once it’s doused in a delicious berry sauce.

You can adjust the sauce to your liking, using a combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or even cherries. The vibrant colors of the berries will pop against the creamy white cheesecake filling. Layer the pound cake, berry sauce, and cheesecake filling in a glass and chill for a couple of hours before serving.

9. Individual No-Bake Cheesecake

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If you’re looking for a clean, classic, and creamy dessert, an individual no-bake cheesecake is an excellent choice. This dessert is elegant and simple, with a focus on the delicious cheesecake flavors.

You don’t need to add gelatin to this recipe, but if you prefer a sweeter and denser dessert, try adding some melted white chocolate to the mix. The result will be a rich and decadent dessert that everyone will love.

10. French Hot Chocolate Recipe

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If you’re looking for a decadent and rich hot chocolate experience, try making a French hot chocolate.

Note: This recipe is not for the faint of heart, as it is much richer and more intense than your average hot chocolate. But if you’re a true chocolate lover, it’s definitely worth a try!

11. Coconut Mug Cake

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This mug cake is perfect for coconut lovers. The batter contains shredded coconut and coconut extract, giving it a rich and delicious flavor. For a dairy-free version, you can use coconut milk instead of regular milk.

To enhance the coconut flavor and make it vegan-friendly, replace the whipped cream with whipped coconut cream. A top tip is to toast a bunch of coconut at once and keep it in an air-tight container for future use.

12. Strawberry Jell-O Parfait Cups

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If you’re looking for a super effective and colorful dessert cup, try using an egg carton. Once your Jell-O mix is ready, pour it gently into your desired cup, which should be sitting at an angle.

Egg cartons hold everything in place so well, and you can adjust the angle easily. Once the Jell-O is set, you can sit them upright and fill them with your faux-cheesecake filling. This makes for a delicious and visually appealing dessert that’s sure to impress your guests.

13. Honeydew Blueberry Lemon Cream Trifle

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Making a fruit salad in a cup is a fantastic way to ensure that everyone gets a little bit of everything. With individual servings, you can avoid missing little bits that may have fallen to the bottom of a big bowl.

The Honeydew Blueberry Lemon Cream Trifle is a perfect example of this. With each bite, you get just enough lemon cream and a mix of honeydew and blueberries.

14. Microwave Mug Blondie

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If you love blondies, this microwave mug cake recipe is perfect for you. It’s thick, chewy, and has a perfect blend of caramel and chocolate. The brown sugar adds a chewy texture, while the caramel candies melt into the mix just right.

You can add white chocolate chips for a creamy texture or dark chocolate chips for a more intense flavor. Try it out and enjoy a delicious dessert in no time!

15. Rainbow Fruit Salad Cups

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If you’re serving a crowd, Rainbow Fruit Salad Cups are perfect for you. Use disposable cups and make as many as you need. To add a twist, try using a boozy syrup in the cups.

Grand Marnier has a deep orange and vanilla flavor, but if you want something lighter, Bacardi is a great option.

16. Pina Colada Pudding Cups

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These pudding cups are a delicious and fun dessert option for any party. Serve them up in martini glasses for a touch of elegance. To make the pudding, use coconut milk for a rich and flavorful base.

Fold in some crushed pineapple for a burst of tropical sweetness. Top with shredded coconut and a cherry for a finishing touch. Don’t forget to add a cute little umbrella for some extra fun!

17. Easy Microwave Apple Crisp in a Mug

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To make this easy microwave apple crisp in a mug, you can either slice your apples thinly or use microwave baked apples. Layer the apples with a crisp top and cook in the microwave. For a crunchier topping, try broiling the crisp in a ramekin with added brown sugar for a minute or two.

Simply mix the ingredients together, layer them in a microwave-safe mug, and microwave for 3 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

18. Blueberry Mug Muffin

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On a chilly morning, you want something sweet and warm to start your day. This blueberry mug muffin recipe is perfect for that. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries, and the muffin won’t have too much excess liquid.

You can even make a small batch of lemon glaze to drizzle over the top. Just mix some lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth.

19. Nutella Crunch Dessert Shooters

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If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that will impress your guests, Nutella Crunch Dessert Shooters are a perfect choice. This dessert combines the rich and creamy flavor of Nutella with the satisfying crunch of Oreo cookies.

To make these shooters, you’ll need cream cheese, Nutella, powdered sugar, cool whip, and Oreo cookies. First, cream together the cream cheese and Nutella in a stand mixer. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and stir in the cool whip.

Next, crush the Oreo cookies and layer them in the bottom of your shot glasses. Then, spoon in the Nutella mixture and top with whipped cream.

To make your next gathering even more fun, consider buying disposable shot glasses in a variety of shapes and sizes. Fill them with a variety of mousses and mini-trifles to let people have their fill. It’s a unique and enjoyable alternative to a big cake.

20. Root Beer Float

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You remember these from when you were a kid, right? Well, it’s time to bring back this classic combo!

It’s that simple! Enjoy this delicious treat anytime you want to feel like a kid again.

21. Copycat Chick-fil-A Milkshake (Cookies & Cream)

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If you’re a fan of cookies and cream, you’ll love this copycat Chick-fil-A milkshake recipe. To make it, you’ll need a blender and high-quality ice cream. When blending the cookies, make sure to get them to crumbs to prevent them from getting stuck in your straw.

22. Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

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If you’re in a hurry and craving something sweet, this cinnamon roll in a mug is perfect for you. While it’s not a traditional cinnamon roll, it’s still pretty impressive. The dough itself isn’t overly sweet, which is great if you like to add a lot of glaze.

You can even add chopped nuts and soaked raisins to make it more interesting. It’s not a big fluffy cinnamon roll, but it’s a great alternative when you don’t have much time.

23. Mango Float Supreme in a Cup

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If you’re a fan of mangoes, you’ll love this sweet and creamy dessert. The Mango Float Supreme in a Cup is a layered dessert that combines crushed graham crackers, mango-flavored whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, and ripe mango cubes.

24. Panna Cotta

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Panna cotta is a simple yet elegant dessert that can be served in a glass. It is usually white in color and flavored with vanilla flakes. If you want to add some color, you can serve it with a fruit compote or chocolate ganache.

One of the best things about panna cotta is that there is no fear of it collapsing when you turn it out. It is effortless elegance in dessert-form.

25. Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

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If you’re missing your Starbucks caramel frappuccino runs, you can easily recreate it at home with this simple recipe. All you need is vanilla simple syrup and caramel sauce, which you might already have in your fridge if you’re a caramel lover.

You can use your favorite coffee, but we recommend using Starbucks blonde coffee for the best results.

26. Chocolate-Caramel Dessert Cups

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To make these dessert cups, start by making instant pudding and mixing in melted chocolate for a creamy filling. For an extra flavor boost, you can also mix in some peanut butter.

Graham cracker crumbs are a great neutral option for the crust, but if you want something more decadent, try using Oreo crumbs. These chocolate-caramel dessert cups are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

27. Banana Bread Muffin in a Mug

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Looking for a quick and easy breakfast or snack option? Try making a banana bread muffin in a mug! All you need are five simple ingredients: mashed bananas, vanilla extract, flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Mix them together in a mug and microwave for 90 seconds. Swap out the sprinkles for mini-chocolate chips for an even tastier treat.

28. Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Cups

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If you’re looking for a salty, crunchy alternative to graham crackers or Oreos, pretzels are a great option. They enhance most dishes, and you probably already have a bag in your pantry.

This recipe is versatile, allowing you to switch out the fruit with ease. Blueberries or mixed berries would work just as well.

29. Banoffee Pie Cups

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If you’re a fan of banana and caramel, these Banoffee Pie Cups will be your new favorite dessert. You can make your dulce de leche in the slow cooker or buy it ready-made.

Regular caramel can also be used, but it’s usually not as thick. Chocolate chip cookie crumbs work best as a base, but any cookie crumb will do. Here’s what you need to make these delicious cups:

30. Best Irish Coffee

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Irish coffee is a delicious and easy-to-make treat, perfect for a cold night. To make it, brew a strong cup of coffee and add a shot of whiskey, Bailey’s, or Tia Maria.

Top with whipped cream for a decadent finish. If you’re worried about staying up late, use decaf coffee instead. Irish coffee is a great way to warm up and unwind after a long day. Try it out and see for yourself how delicious and satisfying it can be!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some simple no-bake dessert recipes for serving in a cup?

There are many simple no-bake dessert recipes that you can make in a cup. Here are some ideas:

DessertIngredients
Chocolate mousseHeavy cream, chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla extract
Strawberry cheesecakeCream cheese, whipped cream, powdered sugar, strawberries
Fruit saladAssorted fruits, honey, lemon juice, mint leaves
TiramisuLadyfingers, mascarpone cheese, espresso, cocoa powder

How can I make fancy mini desserts in cups for a party?

Making fancy mini desserts in cups for a party is easy. Here are some tips:

  • Use clear glass cups to show off the layers of your dessert.
  • Add edible decorations such as chocolate shavings, fresh berries, or mint leaves.
  • Use a piping bag to add whipped cream or frosting to the top of your dessert.
  • Experiment with different flavors and textures to create a unique dessert.

Can you suggest some Christmas-themed desserts that fit in a cup?

Sure! Here are some Christmas-themed desserts that you can make in a cup:

DessertIngredients
Peppermint hot cocoaMilk, cocoa powder, sugar, peppermint extract
Gingerbread trifleGingerbread cake, whipped cream, gingerbread cookies
Eggnog puddingMilk, sugar, cornstarch, eggnog, nutmeg
Cranberry mousseCranberries, sugar, gelatin, heavy cream

Where can I find mini desserts in cups near me?

You can find mini desserts in cups at many grocery stores, bakeries, and specialty dessert shops. Some popular options include Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

What are some quick and easy desserts to make in a glass?

Here are some quick and easy desserts that you can make in a glass:

  • Parfaits with layers of yogurt, granola, and fruit.
  • Puddings such as chocolate, vanilla, or butterscotch.
  • Lemon or lime curd topped with whipped cream.
  • No-bake cheesecake with a graham cracker crust.

Could you list some popular cup-sized desserts for a gathering?

Certainly! Here are some popular cup-sized desserts that are perfect for a gathering:

DessertIngredients
Chocolate lava cakeChocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, flour
Fruit tartletsTart shells, pastry cream, assorted fruits
Mini cheesecakesCream cheese, graham cracker crust, sugar, eggs
Panna cottaHeavy cream, sugar, gelatin, vanilla extract
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