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Vanilla Mug Cake – This super EASY Mug Cake Recipe in Vanilla will blow your mind when you see how to make it with everyday ingredients, making it the perfect quick dessert for one!

Vanilla Mug Cake
Vanilla Cake in a Mug – Serving for One!

When that sweet tooth strikes, all you need is a few minutes and the microwave to dig into this Vanilla Mug Cake.

It is made with common ingredients that you’ll probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator.

If it’s your first time here, then you should know that all of our cake recipes and dessert recipes use simple and use everyday ingredients, because good food doesn’t have to be difficult!

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Vanilla Mug Cake

Meg from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence popping in again with the easiest sweet treat around, a Vanilla Mug Cake.

I have to admit, I’ve never made a mug cake and have always been a little skeptical of how they actually turn out. I mean, microwaving cake ingredients made me a little leery.

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

But I’m happy to report I’m completely sold on the mug cake trend, and I can’t wait to try other flavors too!

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake

I don’t know about you but every once and a while I have a little sweet tooth crop up an hour or so after dinner and sometimes it just needs to be indulged.

I love that with this recipe you can have a single-serve homemade cake in minutes. Because sometimes there are WEIRD people in your family that don’t have a sweet tooth that night or you don’t want a whole dozen cupcakes lying around to tempt you in the daylight.

Between gathering the ingredients, mixing them and microwaving the cake this recipe will take 5 to 10 minutes at the most.

There’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to fixing that sweet tooth problem.

Vanilla Cake in a mug eating with a spoon

How to Make a Vanilla Mug Cake

First, let’s break down the ingredient list for this Vanilla Mug Cake:

  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

That is everything my friends. What more could you want than a list of basic pantry ingredients?!

Note: I used 2% milk when testing the recipe but you can use whatever milk you have on hand whether it’s whole, skim or almond milk.

Microwave vanilla cake in a mug

As an extra bonus, the recipe is mixed in and microwaved in the mug so you don’t have to dirty any dishes except your measuring cups and spoons.

Light and Fluffy Vanilla Cake

I was so pleasantly surprised by the texture of this mug cake. I was expecting weird and spongy but instead, it was light and fluffy.

A key to keeping the texture super light and fluffy is mixing it just until it comes together. Any extra stirring could make it tough or gummy.

Vanilla Mug Cake

Packed with Vanilla Flavor

This little Vanilla Mug Cake is packed with so much vanilla flavor. The recipe includes a teaspoon of vanilla to make sure that flavor gets through.

You could even use vanilla bean paste if you have it on hand to punch up the flavor even more. You can purchase it on Amazon, at some grocery stores and I’ve even seen it at Wal-Mart in their cake decorating section (not in the grocery area).

Vanilla Cake Topping Ideas

This vanilla mug cake is so great on its own but if you want to get really wild I have some fun ideas for you.

  • Ice cream
  • Fresh berries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • A dollop of whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • A drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • Salted caramel

How fun would it be to set up a selection of toppings for movie night or your kid’s birthday parties!

Or, make it a baking party and everyone can make their own little mug cakes! See the baking party Jessica styled for her niece for some ideas, where they used cookies, but could easily be turned in to mini cakes!

Fluffy vanilla cake in a mug

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When that sweet tooth strikes, all you need is a few basic pantry ingredients and 5 minutes to have this delicious Vanilla Mug Cake in your life.

Vanilla Mug Cake

Jessica Burgess
Vanilla Mug Cake – This super EASY Mug Cake Recipe in Vanilla will blow your mind when you see how to make it with everyday ingredients, making it the perfect quick dessert for one!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 493 kcal


  • Microwave safe mug


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  • Add butter to your mug. Microwave until melted. Stir vanilla extract, milk and sugar into the butter. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until just combined.
  • Microwave mug cake 75 seconds. Be careful removing the mug from the microwave as it may be hot.


Topping Ideas for Vanilla Cake: 
  • Ice cream
  • Fresh berries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • A dollop of whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • A drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • Salted caramel


Serving: 1cupCalories: 493kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 479mgPotassium: 205mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 838IUCalcium: 122mgIron: 1mg
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20 thoughts on “Vanilla Mug Cake

  1. Ann says:

    Cake recipes in mugs are always so interesting and unusual. Indeed, we are used to pouring tea into mugs rather than making cakes in them 🙂 I really like vanilla flavor and this recipe has become one of my favorites, I cook it every weekend when I want something sweet. Once I tried to add cocoa, but I like vanilla more anyway. Thank you for sharing such detailed and delicious recipes.

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, I’m so glad that you like this recipe!! Thank you so much for letting us know!

  2. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Perfect for when I need something sweet all to myself!! Thank you!! Love vanilla cake!

    1. Jessica says:

      For real! I can totally relate to this, and I love vanilla cake too!

  3. Trang says:

    5 stars
    I seriously do have cake cravings sometimes but then feel bad about getting or making a whole cake because I’d be the only one eating it and/or it takes time to make! I love that I can make this so quickly and just for myself!

    1. Jessica says:

      YES! I can totally relate this feeling!

  4. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Love love love this recipe! I don’t have to bake a whole cake when I am just craving a slice!

    1. Jessica says:

      YES! No wasted left-overs either!

  5. Sara Welch says:

    5 stars
    Love quick and easy desserts! This is just what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!

    1. Jessica says:

      YES! This is the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth quickly! 🙂

  6. Krissy Allori says:

    5 stars
    I love this for when I need a treat but don’t want to make a whole big amount.. Thanks!

    1. Jessica says:

      You’re so right! Thank you!

  7. Sri says:

    5 stars
    OMG ,for real ,this is hands down the best mug cake ever.If your still looking for a good mug cake recipe,your search ends here.make it nd you’ll know y we love this mug cake so much.Thank you for this wonderful mug cake recipe ,fantabulosity.

    1. Jessica says:

      Aww, I’m so glad that you like it!! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Cath says:

    This is the truly best!! My first mug cake ever!! Had a lot of doubts since it’s my first but I would really love to do this over and over again!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad, thank you for sharing!

  9. Amy Hyde says:

    This was excellent! Light, fluffy and so simple. No big mess or pans. I added a touch of almond extract with the vanilla. it also makes great banana pudding, just mash up half a ripe banana cook as normal. Drizzle a bit of caramel over it. Serve warm. Thank you for this godsend of a recipe!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you so much for letting me know!

  10. Mia Hyde says:

    5 stars
    The best mug cake I ever tried. I added some mashed banana, or whip cream topping. It’s so warm and satisfying with only normal pantry items. Thank you!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay! I’m so glad that you likd it Mia! Thank you for sharing and leaving a review!

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