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The Cascade Kitchen: Brownie in a Mug



The Cascade Kitchen is a student-run food column that brings you budget-friendly recipes and cooking tips. Consider contributing a favourite recipe of your own, or check back weekly for something new to try in the kitchen.

There comes a time in every student’s life when they haven’t seen the sun in a few days, and family and friends are wondering if they’re still alive. If this sounds painfully familiar then it’s time to treat yourself! One great way to reward yourself at the end of a long day can be a serving of dessert which is exactly when a brownie in a mug can be so convenient. This recipe is also dorm friendly and good for those that don’t have access to an oven.

Ready in: 5 minutes. Serves: 1

30 ml (2 tbsp.) butter or oil
30 ml (2 tbsp.) water or milk
1 ml (1/4 tsp.) vanilla extract
Sprinkle of salt
30 ml (2 tbsp.) white sugar
30 ml (2 tbsp.) cocoa powder
60 ml (4 tbsp.) flour


  1. Put 2 tbsps. butter in a microwave-safe mug of choice and microwave for ~20 seconds, or until most of it has melted.
  2. Combine with the water/milk, dash of salt, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in your cocoa powder and stir well. Add your sugar, stir again. Add your flour, and surprise, stir again.
  4. If you want to take this to the next level this is when you stir in a square or two of chocolate, a handful of chocolate chips, or a spoonful of Nutella.
  5. Microwave for 60 seconds (or a little less depending on your microwave). The middle should look slightly uncooked. If overcooked, no big deal; you’ll just get more of a cake texture.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Image: Elyssa English/The Cascade

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