College cafeteria food is the worst. Do you know what’s even worse? Attempting a five-minute mug recipe.

Our attempt at pizza in a mug

There is nothing harder than attempting a five-minute mug recipe. My associate and I attempted a five-minute pizza in a mug recipe. The recipe itself is simple enough, with ingredients like flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, olive oil, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and oregano.

This seemed simple enough but somehow, we managed to make pizza taste terrible. One of the mistakes we made was to not utilize an actual kitchen. We cooked our pizza in a mug on a random table. You should also use a mug that is meant for cooking. In our case, the only mug that was available to us was a coffee mug that read “I heart Intercourse, PA.”

Ryan Brede, the brave freshman who tasted our pizza.

In the end, a recipe that was meant to take five minutes, took an hour. So, if you want to attempt this recipe or any five-minute mug recipe, be organized, be thorough and most of all, be patient.

The actual recipe can be seen below:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes


4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/16 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon marinara sauce

1 generous tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese

5 mini pepperonis

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs (basil or oregano will work)


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a microwavable mug
  2. Add in the milk and oil with mix together. There might be some lump but that is ok
  3. Spoon on the marinara sauce and spread it around the surface of the batter
  4. Sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni and dried herbs
  5. Microwave for 1 minute 10-20 seconds, or until it rises up and the topping are bubbling (timing is based on my 1200W microwave, so your timing might vary)
  6. Enjoy straight away!
    This is what the mug pizza is supposed to look like. Original recipe by Gemma Stafford 


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