Monday, February 27, 2023

45+ Desserts in a Cup

I'm always looking forward to dessert, but even more when it is a dessert in a jar. Cute and delicious, desserts in a cup are a winning combination.


Try a fancy or pretty dessert in a jar or cup, we have a variety that will work for a fancy dinner party. Or try out a cute dessert cup for the kids.

We even have several mug dessert recipes you can whip up in just a few minutes in the microwave.

One great thing about dessert cup recipes is that they portion out the dessert into individual serving sizes so you don't over indulge. 

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These delicious desserts in a cup are the perfect way to impress your family and friends. With a fancier look, you can whip up these dessert cups for the perfect dessert.

All the desserts in this section are made ahead of time.

This is ideal for dinner parties or get togethers where you can pull it out right when you need to serve it.

Or you can whip them up and keep them in the fridge for a quick dessert fix anytime.

black forest jar cake
Black Forest Jar Cake by The Benson Street

Cherries and chocolate come together in this classic recipe for an adorable mini mason jar dessert. This one looks amazing, but is actually really simple to bring together.

black forest cherry dessert
Black Forest Cherry Dessert Cups by 4 Sons R Us

A different way to enjoy the black forest cherry flavor. This recipe is more of brownie base that looks so delicious. 

peaches and cream
Peaches and Cream by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Keep it simple with fresh peaches and cream. This is a delicious and easy way to utilize seasonal fruit in your desserts. Strawberries and cream are also yummy.

mini pumpkin pies in a jar
Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Jar by The Crafting Chicks for Remodelaholic

Layer in the yumminess. Start with graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie, and top it off with the creamy layer that is divine.

pumpkin pies in a cup
Pumpkin Pies in a Cup by Midlife Healthy Living

Cream cheese and pumpkin meet in this no bake version of a pumpkin pie. Plus, no baking! It's an easy treat that's so delicious.

no bake orange dream cake
No Bake Orange Dream Cake by The Benson Street for The Shabby Creek Cottage

Orange dream cake is a perfect summer dessert. It is no bake, and tastes amazing using pudding and orange flavors.

The next few desserts feature read berries and seem perfect for a Valentine's day dessert.
strawberry shortcake trifle
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle by Stephanie's Sweet Dream

These strawberry shortcakes are so beautiful, especially when you serve them in tulip jars. You can buy some, or enjoy some Oui yogurts and save the jars! 

strawberry shortcake trifle
Strawberry Shortcake Trifles by The Scrap Shoppe Blog

This is a different take on the strawberry shortcake trifles in a jar. They both look yummy if you love strawberries.

cherry cheesecake cups
Cherry Cheesecake Cups by Spend with Pennies

Cheesecake dessert cups can be topped with so many fruits. Cherries are great, but we think this recipe goes great with blueberries, peaches, and other canned fruit pie fillings too. 

cool whip cheesecake
Cool Whip Cheesecake Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Cheesecake is always an impressive dessert! Layer it in a jar to take it up a notch more! You gotta try this no bake cheesecake cups recipe.

cheesecake with strawberry sauce
Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce by Southern Home Hospitality

Strawberry sauce is a sweet and yummy way to dress up a cheesecake. Adding in blueberries is a great idea for a patriotic dessert in a jar.

chocolate pots de creme
Chocolate Pots de Creme by Everyday Jenny

This silky chocolate dessert is so yummy. It only takes about 5 minutes to make, and then just refrigerate for a couple of hours. It's an easy recipe that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

whipped orange mousse
Whipped Orange Mousse by Amanda's Cooking

You only need three ingredients to make this impressive easy dessert. And it is actually surprisingly low carb.

snickers parfaits
Snickers Parfaits by Real House Moms

Snickers shine with this parfait recipe. Plus, these cute little parfait cups are so fun for serving mini dessert cups.

banana cream dessert cups
Banana Cream Dessert Cups by Celebrations at Home

Banana pudding pie looks fantastic as a perfect mini dessert. Add in bananas or leave them out if you prefer it that way.

whipped cottage cheese dessert
Whipped Cottage Cheese Dessert by Dinner Mom

This smooth and decadent dessert uses whipped cottage cheese to make a yummy custard. Serve it in small cups or jars for a pretty presentation.

oreo cheesecake trifle
Oreo Cheesecake Trifle by Call Me PMC 

Cheesecake and oreos!!! They are a perfect match. It is one of the best single-serving desserts.

cookies and cream no bake desserts
Cookies and Cream No Bake Desserts by Cook Clean Repeat

This is the perfect sweet treat to finish up your dinner. Oreo cookies and cream layer so pretty with the contrast between the dark and light. 

no bake s'mores cups
No Bake S'mores Cups by Dancing Through the Rain

No campfire, no problem! You can still enjoy a s'more with this simple and lovely recipe. Layer graham cracker crumbs, milk chocolate pudding and marshmallow cream for this scrumptious dessert.

tirimisu cups
Tiramisu Cups by Veena Azmanov

This is one of the perfect treats for coffee lovers. It takes a little bit of work, but it comes together beautifully. Dusting the top with cocoa powder lends to a beautiful presentation.

coconut panna cotta
Coconut Panna Cotta by Whole New Mom

This traditional Italian dessert is a creamy custard type dessert. Dress it up with a variety of fruits or purees.



Kids dessert cups can be just as fun as fancy ones! Surprise your favorite little people with one of these yummy and cute dessert ideas.

oreo dirt dessert cups
Oreo Dirt Dessert Cups

Kids love a good play on food. Adding dirt and gummy worms for a fun touch!

birthday cake dessert cups
Birthday Cake Dessert Cups by Cake Me Home Tonight

Celebrate your birthday with some adorable little dessert cups. This is another great no bake dessert flavored like birthday cake.

rainbow jello cups
Rainbow Jello Cups by Somewhat Simple

Celebrate a with a rainbow of color and these dessert cups. Perfect for kids who love art, rainbows, unicorns, and more. Top it high with whipped cream and add sprinkles.

unicorn pudding cups
Unicorn Pudding Cups by Finding Zest

Pair these unicorn pudding cups with the rainbow cups for a lovely unicorn theme. This quick dessert looks so fun for parties.

construction pudding cups
Construction Pudding Cups by Finding Zest

Another fun party idea involving pudding cups. These are so great with a few extra props.

french silk pie pudding cups
French Silk Pie Pudding Cups by Belle Wood Cottage

These French silk chocolate pudding cups are yummy and look great on their own. Give them a special touch with a cute little topper like these ones.

beach pudding cups
Beach Pudding Cups by Ever After in the Woods

The beach is calling, and you can make it with this recipe for a beach pudding cup. Great for a mermaid or pirate themed party.

flower pot dessert cups
Flower Pot Dessert Cups My Turn for Us

These cute desserts are sure to brighten up your dinner table! Perfect for spring or a fun dessert.

st patrick's day pudding cups
St. Patrick's Day Pudding Cups by Crayons and Cravings

Save this idea for March! I love that it takes green and mixes in Lucky Charms for a fun touch. Kids will love this idea!

st. patricks day pudding cups
St. Patrick's Day Pudding Cups by Sugar and Soul

A different take on the St. Patrick's Day pudding cup with a twist of chocolate mixed in with green vanilla pudding. Add in the fun touches for St. Patrick's day by adding the rainbows and gold coins.

bunny bottom pudding cups
Bunny Bottom Pudding Cups by Coupon Clipping Cook

Easter dinner needs delicious dessert cups that are so adorable. Plus, you can make them ahead of time.

carrot patch pudding cups
Carrot Patch Pudding Cups by Unsophisticook

Four ingredients is all you need to make these cute little dirt cups with a carrot twist. Another fun idea for Easter and spring.  

turkey pudding cups
Turkey Pudding Cups by Kids Activities Blog

Using pudding cups you can make this Turkey craft, but it would also work with pudding in a jar or other cup and add the turkey touches for a fun Thanksgiving dessert.


These desserts are ones you can pull together really quickly. Just mix in a mug and microwave it for a warm dessert in a cup.

blueberry muffin in a mug
Blueberry Muffin in a Mug by The Typical Mom

Breakfast can be yummy and you don't have to whip up a full batch of muffins. Grab a mug and make a breakfast, snack, or dessert for one in minutes.
blueberry lemon mug cake
Blueberry Lemon Mug Cake by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

If you're kiddos love blueberry muffins, this cake will be a yummy individual sized treat to try. Mix up in a mug and cook it in a microwave.

chocolate mug cake
Chocolate Mug Cake by Delineate Your Dwelling

Or if they prefer chocolate, this is the recipe for you to try. I love that you don't have to bake a full cake with this chocolate mug cake recipe.

mug cake mix
Mug Cake Mix by Hearth and Vine

For a different variety on a chocolate mug cake, this one adds in chocolate chips for extra decadence. Add whipped cream to the top too for a special touch.

brownie in a mug
Brownie in a Mug by Celebrating Sweets

If you prefer brownies over cake, then try a nice fudgy brownie for one. Plus, it only takes minutes to make!!! Yes, please.

snickerdoodle mug cake
Snickerdoodle Mug Cake by Five Heart Home

Cinnamon and sugar snickerdoodles are so yummy! Kids will love this recipe too. Sweet and simple to make.

keto mug cakes
Keto Mug Cakes by Low Carb by Jennifer

If you know someone who is trying to watch their carbs, or is on Keto, treat them with this delicious mug cake! Plus, it comes in two varieties, chocolate and peanut butter.
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