How lovely would life be if all desserts were served in a cup?! In fact, why can’t we serve everything in a cup—our cocktails on the right, our blueberry mug cakes on the left? These are the questions that I ask, when I get dessert-y and day dreamy. I found the answers via nine glorious desserts in a cup, from cannoli cream filled chocolate cups to avocado mug cake, these desserts will blow your mind and satisfy your soul in only the way a cup-delivered delicacy can.

I want pumpkin pie mug cake and lemon mug cake and blueberry mug cake. I want my cheesecake in a jar and my ginger parfait in a glass. Is that so wrong? After all, it is the 21st century.

Salted Caramel Pudding


Portuguese Girl Cooks gets it. She just does. Pudding doesn’t have to be one-note. It can be complicated, nuanced and surprising. It can be a flavour journey you savour layer by layer. This pudding is a five-story tower: a chocolaty base, salted caramel pudding, actual, chewy salted caramel, then fresh whipped cream, and finally, cookie crumbs sprinkled on for a teensy bit of crunch. Yum!

Cannoli Cream Filled Chocolate Dessert Cups


FrugElegance’s mascarpone and ricotta cheese recipe features the tiniest touch of liquor. These quick and elegant cream-topped, shaved-chocolate garnished desserts are sweet little nods to Italy and they’re perfect for any special occasion … or say, a Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday. And like the ultimate dessert-in-a-cup they are, even the cup itself is edible, so these cannoli cream cups are delicious down to the last little bite … and you’ll have no dishes to wash after!

Banana Bread in a Jar


If you’ve ever struggled with wedding favors, or birthday gifts, set your mind at ease, these cylindrical-shaped bits of banana bread in a jar put the decadent in DIY! Thanks to Intimate Weddings for guiding us through the maze of portioning and bottling to get this velvety and moist result. Delivery is key, so make sure to get some flowery and fantastic fabric to cover the ring of the jar and be sure to wrap up a little note on the side.

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake


If you’ve ever thought there’s nothing that can improve a good cinnamon roll, I’m going to give you something to chew on! Putting it in a mug is the next frosting-covered level of indulgent. Kirbie’s Cravings keeps you on the cutting edge of confection with its crumbly cinnamon swirl topped with creamy cool frosting—and for the first time in ever your fingers won’t get sticky. The mug is a built-in hand protector. But out of the mug and in your mouth is where this cake shines, it’s pull-apart layers are delicate and its delivery unparalleled.

Monkey Bread in a Jar


Eat, Live, Run’s blog couldn’t be more rightly named! I want to eat this monkey bread in a jar, while living in awe of its portability, and then I’ll probably run back to the kitchen to make some more. It’s cinnamon, brown sugar, pull-apart gloriousness overflowing the jar they’re so generously crammed into. And I love how each mason jar is dressed to impress with a little ribbon for decoration. It’s all in the delightful details!

Red Velvet Mug Cake


Pastry nerds beware, we’ve just entered the “danger zone” of sugary succulence: Red Velvet Mug Cake. The Novice Chef has offered up a heavenly red velvet cake in a mug. White chocolate chips and powdered sugar topping are optional additions to this classic recipe, but the mug is required, as is an adventurous attitude. So break out your inner sass and enjoy this red, chocolaty cake with a touch of tang!

Strawberry Cheesecake in a Jar


Have you ever wanted to cut your entire cake in half and admire it from every angle? This is your lucky day! This lush strawberry cheesecake in a jar from Barbara Bakes is stunningly displayed in a clear-plastic cup—making it not only delectable, but stunning as well. Now you can watch as you cut softly through the crumbly topping into it’s light-as-air cheesecake center, and finally, into the syrupy strawberries. It’s like a parfait’s hunky older brother.

Avocado Mug Cake


When I premiered this next recipe for my mom I made her sit down before taking a bite. Kirbie’s Cravings impressed and delighted with this scrumptious avocado mug cake. The gorgeous green, and frothy looking top are so inviting you don’t have to be brave to try it. And the light and airy cake is infused with the healthy fatty acids of avocado, and a deliciously succulent flavor. She didn’t stand up again until she’d finished the whole mug—and mine too.

No-Bake Cheesecake in a Jar


Sometimes I just want a cheesecake that doesn’t take all day to make, and still impresses my friends. This nine-ingredient no-bake cheesecake from The Chic Site is the perfect solution. It’s extra-creamy and flavorful and no one would guess that it took less than 30 minutes to make. And with its layering of sweet berries on delicious cheesecake on crispy crumbled crust this cake is a stunner. So next time your friends ask if there’s anything better than a large and luscious slice of classic cheesecake, tell them there is: the scrumptious and shareable cheesecake in a jar.

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