The Time I Thought I’d Make a Nutella Mug Cake

A few weeks ago, my roommate (who has a double major and a 4.0) put a kettle on the stove. A few minutes later, she leapt from the table screaming “OH NO FIRE!!!” When you put an electric kettle on the stove, it quickly goes up in flames.

We have had no stove or oven since then. Now that I can no longer afford to eat places or rely on friends’ meal swipes and stolen bananas, I’m buckling down and doing some microwave cooking and creative meals. (Tonight I’m thinking leftover sandwich from Campus Ministry, cranberry sauce and green beans.)

Today is our second snow day this week, and I happened to run across this Buzzfeed article on meals you can make in mugs! Perfect, right?

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Proof I was allowed outside as a child.

I decided to begin with this Nutella cake from Live Love Pasta because it’s World Nutella Day.


Let’s start with my giant Fiestaware mug, which I love deeply. Perfect for a gigantic cappuccino.


Fortunately I have plenty of Nutella, since I buy it in jars bigger than my face.


Doin’ a little mise en place with my canning jar of sugar, creatively upcycled from that time it contained homemade soup….

PLOT TWIST: no eggs.

SOLUTION: Google gave me this, and I decided to use baking soda and vinegar. It turned out surprisingly well.

PLOT TWIST: Milk went bad.

SOLUTION: Used water. #problemsolving



RESULT: a mug overflowing with cake.

It was a little undercooked so my roommate (NOT the one who lit the fire…this one wants to be a doctor) suggested putting it back in. Fortunately, I put it on a plate first.




  • Stick with what you know
  • Don’t trust your roommates
  • Anything with Nutella in it is worth celebrating.
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  • Phil

    Yes, Nutella is pretty bad ass!