My sweet and fluffy Vanilla Mug Cake is a decadent treat that you can whip up with only a few ingredients and cook in under two minutes! Everyone will love this quick dessert – the cake cooks in the microwave for just about a minute, but it’ll taste just as delicious as a cake from a bakery!
Tasty vanilla mug cakes that are fluffy, rich, moist, and cook up super-quick!
Mug cakes are the easiest way to get your sweet fix in no time at all! Whether you’re making a late-night dessert for yourself or cooking up a several for a sleepover, my vanilla mug cake recipe makes it a breeze!
My vanilla mug cake uses simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, so it’s the easiest dessert recipe you’ll ever make! Kids will adore these mug cakes too! You can add their favorite toppings or scoop of ice cream to make it over the top delicious.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
So Fast! My vanilla mug cake cooks up perfectly sweet and fluffy in a little over 1 minute. You can’t get a delicious cake any faster than that!
It’s a Classic! Sweet, buttery vanilla cake is a classically delicious flavor combo. These mug cakes are the perfect way to take you back to your childhood for a few sweet bites.
It’s Customizable! No fighting over what flavor cake to make here! Mug cakes allow you to add toppings or add-ins to everyone’s cake individually – so if someone wants sprinkles and someone else wants it plain, everyone can be happy!
My sweet, perfectly soft vanilla mug cake is the easiest and most delicious quick dessert you’ll ever have! I use vanilla extract in this recipe, but you can use some vanilla bean paste for a more intense vanilla flavor!
- All-Purpose Flour – You can use your favorite AP flour brand here! You can also use self-rising flour if you have it – but skip the baking powder and salt.
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar is perfect for this recipe! You can also substitute it with whatever sugar you happen to have on hand, though note it may affect the flavor a bit.
- Baking Powder – Since this recipe doesn’t call for egg, baking powder is necessary here to help leaven the cake and make it rise.
- Salt – Just a pinch, so any kind of salt will do!
- Butter – You’ll want the butter melted for this recipe. I prefer salted butter for this recipe because it gives the best flavor. (See Tips & Recipe Notes)
- Milk – Whole milk has the highest fat content and will give the most moisture, but you can use any milk you have on hand!
- Vanilla Extract – Use 100% pure vanilla extract for the best results! You can also use a little bit of a scraped vanilla bean or vanilla paste if you have either of those.
- Sprinkles or Funfetti – These are optional, but will add a fun, vibrant color, and extra sweet flavor to your mug cake! Kids (and adults) will love it!
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
My vanilla mug cake has just three steps! This recipe is for a single mug cake, but you easily can make several mug cakes to feed the whole family!
- Mix the dry ingredients. In a microwave-safe coffee mug or a small bowl, add the dry ingredients, including ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour, 2 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients. Add all the wet ingredients, including 2 tablespoons of melted, salted butter, 3 tablespoons of milk, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until smooth and make sure you’re scraping the bottom of the mug or bowl to moisten all the flour. Stir in sprinkles, funfetti, or any other add-ins if desired.
- Cook and enjoy! Heat in the microwave on high power for 70 to 90 seconds or until the top is just set to the touch and still slightly shiny. Leave the cooked mug cake in the microwave to rest for 1 minute before serving. Top with any desired toppings and serve!
What To Serve On A Vanilla Mug Cake
You can also top with more sprinkles, chocolate chips, drizzle strawberry coulis, or even fresh fruit. The best part of this mug cake is that you can customize it to make a dessert that’s truly your own! Enjoy!
💭 Tips & Recipe Notes
I recommend using salted European butter for the best quality and flavor.
- Don’t worry – the salted butter won’t make it salty! But it does help give a depth of flavor that unsalted butter wouldn’t be able to replicate.
Every microwave is slightly different, and results may vary!
- A slightly underdone mug cake is better than a slightly overdone cake, but I suggest starting with 70 seconds and then checking to see if the top is set. You can add small 15-20 second increments to finish cooking the mug cake, if needed. (*In the case of my own microwave, my vanilla mug cakes are usually close to 90 seconds when done.)
Make sure to use a microwave safe mug that has enough space for the cake to expand.
- I recommend using a mug that’s at least 12 ounces or even a small bowl to be sure the batter doesn’t overflow out of the mug.
While I’m not sure you’ll have any leftovers (the mug cake is just that tasty!) you can store any leftover mug cake at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for no more than 1 day.
When you’re ready to eat, simply place back into the microwave and heat for about 10-15 seconds, or until warmed through.
Since these mug cakes don’t have the best storage time, if you want to make a batch of mug cakes, you can prep by measuring out the dry ingredients into each mug and covering them with a little plastic wrap.
Once the dry ingredients are combined, they can sit on the counter or in the fridge until you’re ready to cook. When you want to cook the mug cakes, add the wet ingredients – then mix, microwave, and enjoy!
If your mug cakes have turned out rubbery in the past, I have a few tips! Don’t over-mix the batter (just stir until all the flour is incorporated) as that can make the cake a bit tough. Also try not to overcook the mug cake. You want to use short intervals of microwave time, and when the cake is ready, it’ll be set but should be shiny on top and slightly sticky to the touch.
Mug cakes that are done will also have a slight give to the touch, but your finger should not leave an imprint. If your mug cake doesn't have any 'give' to it, chances are it's over-cooked.
Yes! To make this recipe vegan, simply substitute vegan butter for the salted butter and your favorite milk alternative for the milk. To make it gluten-free, simply use a gluten-free 1:1 flour that includes xanthan gum, so the cake has the right texture. (*Anytime substitutions are made there may be slight differences in color and/or texture in the mug cakes.)
Since this recipe is for a single serving, a whole egg is a bit much for the recipe and can create an unpleasant texture. The baking powder in the recipe helps the mug cake to bake up soft and fluffy without the need for eggs!
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Vanilla Mug Cake
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoon butter (salted, melted)
- 3 tablespoon milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
- sprinkles or funfetti (optional)
- In a microwave-safe coffee mug or small bowl add the dry ingredients including all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.⅓ cup all-purpose flour, 2 ½ tablespoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, 1 pinch salt
- Add the wet ingredients including melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth and make sure that you are scraping the bottom of the bowl or mug to moisten all of the flour mixture. Stir in sprinkles or funfetti if desired.2 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoon milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, sprinkles or funfetti
- Heat in the microwave on high power for 70-90 seconds until the top is set to the touch and still slightly shiny. Leave the cooked mug cake in the microwave to rest for 1 minute before serving.
- All microwaves cook slightly differently, start with 70 seconds and check to see if the top is set. Add small 15-20 second increments if needed to finish cooking the mug cake. *My vanilla mug cakes are usually close to 90 seconds when done.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!