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| April 22, 2013

We'll never say that cupcakes aren't delicious little bundles of joy, but their welcome may be wearing thin on Main Street.

According to The Wall Street Journal, cupcake shops aren't the cash cows they used to be. Market saturation and waning interest are contributing to what they call a "gourmet-cupcake burnout" that's affecting small mom-and-pop stores and larger bakery chains alike. 

RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

But we think there could be another factor contributing to the diminishing desire for cupcakes, and it's called the mug cake. These single-serve desserts offer all of the flavor and versatility of cupcakes, but they can easily be baked in batches of just one or two, right inside their own contained serving vessels (mugs).

They microwave up in minutes, and it doesn't hurt that they come in a wide variety of delicious flavors, either. Check out what we mean below:

Runnig to the Kitchen
Cake Batter Mug Cake

Sure, cake batter is pretty much the default flavor for cake, but according to Gina at Running to the Kitchen, there's something extra cake-battery about her cake batter mug cake recipe. "I’m chalking it up to the almond extract," she says.

Cooking Classy
Banana Mug Cake With Simple Cream Cheese Frosting

Jaclyn at Cooking Classy describes her Banana Mug Cake as "banana bread meets vanilla cake," and she tops it off with rich cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans." Get the recipe here.

Cooking Classy
Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Jaclyn's foray into mug-centric cake didn't end at banana; she's somehow managed to bake cinnamon rolls inside her drinkware containers too. Drool over the photography for another few seconds, then head over to Cooking Classy for the recipe.

All Day I Dream About Food
Meyer Lemon Mug Cake

Rachel at Rachel Cooks doesn't feature gluten-free recipes too often, but she had to make an exception when her friend Carolyn aprroached her with this recipe for Meyer Lemon Mug Cake. Click here for the recipe, and check out Carolyn's blog, All Day I Dream About Food, for more gluten-free recipes.

Nutella Lava Mug Cake

If something is preventing you from eating spoonfuls of Nutella straight from the jar, you can always try this Nutella Lava Mug Cake from Nashi at Plateful. Or better yet, try both. You can find Nashi's recipe here, and you can find the jar of Nutella in your nightstand.

Kirbie's Cravings
Light Strawberry Mug Cake

A heaping mug-ful of cake isn't exactly diet-friendly, but Kirbie at Kirbie's Cravings figured out how to make it a bit friendlier. Her Light Strawberry Mug Cake recipe uses nonfat milk and fresh fruit to create a flavorful, satisfying treat.

Prudent Baby
Coffee Cake Mug Cake

You can't have coffee cake without a steaming mug of coffee, so make sure you have two mugs handy when making this crumbly Coffee Cake Mug Cake from Jaime at Prudent Baby.

Yammie's Noshery
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

This one's got chocolate/peanut butter cake, peanut butter mousse and hot fudge. And the recipe comes together in about five minutes, according to its creator. "It's dangerously easy," says Yammie at Yammie's Noshery. "Very dangerous indeed."

How Sweet It Is
Chocolate Fudge S'more Mug Cake

The best part about camping are the s'mores, but you don't have to head outdoors for to create this Chocolate Fudge S'more Mug Cake from Jessica at How Sweet It Is. As far as we can tell, the recipe calls for no campfire, no jagged sticks and no sleeping in the dirt. It's brilliant.

No. 2 Pencil
Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

An oven-baked cookie takes too long to make, but a chocolate chip cookie in a microwaveable mug is ready in seconds. Melissa at No. 2 Pencil shares her crowd-pleasing cookie-in-a-cup recipe here.

Cooking Classy
Mug Brownie

Let's address the elephant in the room, shall we? Mug cookies and mug brownies aren't technically the same thing as mug cakes, but to hell with consistency. We're pointing you toward Jaclyn's gooey recipe (as seen on Cooking Classy) anyway.