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Easy Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

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The best vanilla mug cake recipe you will ever find! You will never believe this was made in under five minutes and cooked in the microwave!

Vanilla Mug Cake in a blue mug

Recipe Features

  • Quick and Easy- This recipe is ready in under five minutes.
  • Single Serve Treat- Which means you don’t have to share!
  • Easy to Customize- See ideas below for more inspiration!

It’s no secret that vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. We make my Starbucks sweet cream recipe almost daily and readers rave over my vanilla granola recipe. So it only made sense that I would create a microwave vanilla mug cake to add to the collection! It takes me less than five minutes to make, tastes incredible, and is about to become your go-to treat.

Side note, this recipe is VERY close to my tried and true vanilla cupcakes from scratch. You almost can’t even tell a difference!

vanilla cake batter un a mug with rainbow sprinkles

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe Ingredients

To make this recipe you will need just a few pantry staples.

  • Flour- I used all-purpose but I’m sure this would work with whole wheat.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Milk- I used 2%
  • Butter OR Oil OR Applesauce
  • Vanilla extract

Substitution Ideas

This is such a forgiving cake recipe. We’ve made it about a dozen times and tried a few substitutions. Here are some ideas that might work for you!

  • Lower the amount of sugar from two tablespoons to one for a less sweet cake.
  • Substitute nut milk or soy milk for a dairy free mug cake.
  • You can also substitute the butter for a flavorless oil like coconut or avocado or applesauce.
  • For larger mugs, or for sharing, you can easily double this recipe.
Cooked microwave mug cake in a blue mug

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Mist the inside of your mug with cooking spray to help keep the cake from sticking to the sides.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, and baking powder to your mug. Gently whisk with a fork until combined, roughly 30 seconds.
  3. Add the milk, melted butter (or oil), and vanilla extract. Stir with the fork to fully incorporate, making sure to get the bottom of the cup.
  4. Microwave 45 seconds to 2 minutes, or until the cake has cooked fully.
  5. Serve plain, with frosting, or topped with a scoop of ice cream.
vanilla mug cake with a bite taken out

Vanilla Mug Cake Tips and FAQs

  • This recipe will not require a large mug, however if you decide to double the recipe keep a close eye as it will rise over the top of your glass.
  • Swap the sprinkles for chocolate chips for a fun twist.
  • Serve topped with fresh berries and whipped cream (my favorite) for a quick treat.
  • This recipe is not oven safe. Please do not try to bake this recipe.
  • If your cake does not rise, be sure to check the expiration date of the baking powder and make sure it hasn’t passed.

What is a mug cake?

I get this question a lot and thought it might be a good one to answer! Mug cakes are individual serving sized cakes that are made entirely inside of a mug! In this case, it is cooked in the microwave making it a super speedy treat idea.

Why is my cake chewy?

This mug cake should not be chewy. After cooking you should have a light cake that is just slightly denser than the real thing. IF your cake is chewy the result is most likely due to overcooking.

Each microwave will be different due to the different wattages. They range from 600 to 1200 which means your microwave could take a little longer or cook quicker. My microwave is 950 watts and it takes me 45 seconds to 1 minute to cook this cake.

mug cake with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles

More Mug Recipes

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes

The best vanilla mug cake recipe you will ever find! You will never believe this was made in under five minutes and cooked in the microwave!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted, or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mist the inside of your mug with cooking spray to help keep the cake from sticking to the sides.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, and baking powder to your mug. Gently whisk with a fork until combined, roughly 30 seconds.
  3. Add the milk, melted butter (or oil), and vanilla extract. Stir with the fork to fully incorporate, making sure to get the bottom of the cup.
  4. Stir in sprinkles if using.
  5. Microwave 45 seconds to 2 minutes, or until the cake has cooked fully.
  6. Serve plain, with frosting, or topped with a scoop of ice cream.

Notes

Each microwave will be different due to the different wattages. They range from 600 to 1200 which means your microwave could take a little longer or cook quicker. My microwave is 950 watts and it takes me 45 seconds to 1 minute to cook this cake.

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The best vanilla mug cake recipe you will ever find! You will never believe this was made in under five minutes and cooked in the microwave!
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