10 exam stress busting desserts for one

Treat yo self!

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When you're swamped with deadlines, revision and all the anxiety that comes hand in hand with exams, you need to take time out to indulge and relax.

Instead of laughing at photo-bombing animals, assemble relevant ingredients and make one of these ten mouth-watering treats. Photo-bombing animals will be that much more enjoyable with a bit of cake.

Most of these recipes don't even require any baking, like these recipes we brought to you previously.

8 delicious no-bake cookies

5 amazing no bake cheesecakes

And last but not least, the best thing about these 10 cheap and easy recipes below, is that they are all single-serving, which means they are for you and you alone. Go away hungry house-mates!

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1. Cookies and cream mug cake

You will need:

For the cake

5 1/2 tbsp flour

4 tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp baking powder

1 egg

3 tbsp milk

3 tbsp oil

2 Oreos

For the frosting

1 whipped cream

2 1/2 tbsp sugar

3 Oreos, crushed into fine pieces

Mix all ingredients for the cake in an oversized mug except the oreos. After batter is smooth, add in the oreos and crush oreos into batter with a metal spoon.

Cook for approximately 1 1/2 minutes in microwave. Check on middle of cake. If not done, cook for about 20 more seconds. Careful not to overcook or the cake becomes rubbery.

While cake is cooling, making the frosting. Whip the heavy cream and sugar on high speed. Crush Oreos separately in a food processor. Oreo crumbs must be fine enough that they fit through piping tip if you are piping the frosting.

After the heavy cream becomes thick and forms peaks, gently fold in the crushed Oreos before placing frosting into piping bag (or create your own, by snipping the end off of a plastic shopping bag).

Source: Kirbie Cravings

2. Microwave lemon dessert

You will need:

shortbread cookies


lemon curd

whipped Cream

powdered sugar

Crumble your shortbread cookies by placing in a bag and smashing them. Microwave butter to melt.

Mix cookies and butter together to create a crust.

Mix 1 part lemon curd and 1 part whipped cream. Pile on top of crust. Let cool. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Source: prudentbaby

3. Caramel chocolate mug cake

You will need:

4 tbsp all purpose flour

4 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg – beaten

3 tbsp skim milk

1 tbsp oil

2 salted caramels

Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and oil. Mix to combine.

Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into centre of mixture one at a time.

Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed, if cake batter is still gooey, microwave on high for up to an additional 30 seconds.

Source: Babble

4. Oreo cheesecake

You will need:

2 Oreos

2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp butter, melted

1 egg

60g cream cheese, softened

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp sour cream, plus more for topping

1/2 tsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the butter in a small, oven-safe, glass baking dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds to melt.

Put the Oreos in a plastic sandwich bag and hit them lightly on the countertop with the flat bottom of a mug until they are crushed into powder. Dump the cookie crumbs into the baking dish, stir, and use your fingertips to press the crust evenly over the bottom and partway up the side

Whisk the cream cheese until smooth, then slowly blend in the sour cream and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until smooth.

Pour into the filling and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before eating. If desired, top with a swirl of sour cream before serving.

Source: ivillage

5. Funfetti cupcake

You will need:

3 tbsp flour (30g)

1/16th tsp salt

1 tbsp applesauce, or oil

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp liquid (milk of choice, or water)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp sprinkles (or more or less, as desired)


Preheat the oven to 170 C. Mix the ingredients and pour into a greased muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Cook for 12-15ish minutes. (Alternatively, you can cook this in a microwave.)

Source: chocolatecoveredkatie

6. One-minute mocha cake

You will need:

1 tbsp plus 2 tsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp flour

1/2 tsp instant coffee granules

1/8 tsp salt

3 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp coconut butter

3 tbsp milk of choice

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients and mix very, very well. Add liquid, stir, then transfer to a little dish, ramekin, or even a coffee mug. Microwave 45-50 seconds (or more, depending on how powerful your microwave is). If you don’t want to eat it straight out of the dish, be sure to grease it first.

Source: chocolatecoveredkatie

7. Hot baked Nutella & cream cheese sandwich

You will need:

8 slices soft yet crusty bread

114g cream cheese, cut into 4 cubes and softened

4 to 6 tbsp Nutella


fresh berries, to serve

Heat the oven to 230 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment. When the oven is hot, lay each slice of bread on the baking sheet and put in the oven. Toast the bread for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

Spread a softened cube of cream cheese on the toasted side of four slices of bread, one cube to each. On the other slices, spread a thick layer of Nutella. Sprinkle each slice very lightly with salt.

Put the sandwiches together and put back in the oven. Grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove when both sides of the sandwich are toasted golden brown.

Cut each sandwich in half and drizzle with melted chocolate. Place on plates and surround with fresh berries. Serve immediately.

Source: kitchn

8. Coconut snowballs

You will need:

shredded coconut

2 tsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

Place the shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like butter; some coconut texture is good.)

Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and process until well combined. Add shredded coconut and pulse until just combined.

Shape the mixture into 12 balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.

Source: kitchn

9. Apple crisp crumble

You will need:

1 small apple, cored and diced

1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided

1 tsp brown sugar, divided

juice of 1/4 lemon

2 tbsp oats

1 tbsp pecans (or nuts of your choice)

1 tsp butter

In a small microwaveable baking dish, combine apple, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar. Add lemon juice and stir together.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, oats, and nuts. Using a fork or fingers, stir in butter, coating as much oat-nut mixture as possible. (It should feel like wet sand.)

Sprinkle crumb topping over apples and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes until apples are softened. Let cool for 1 minute.

Source: Shape

10. Rich and thick hot chocolate

You will need:

240ml water

2 squares baking chocolate

100g sugar


1 tsp vanilla

Place water and chocolate in heavy medium saucepan; cook on low heat until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly with wire whisk. Add sugar; mix well.

Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in vanilla. Reduce heat to medium.

Cook until mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally.

Source: All Recipes

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