Vanilla Mug Cake

Vanilla Mug Cake – A quick and easy one minute, single serving dessert! Delicious vanilla bean cake batter microwaved in a mug for just a minute! Perfect topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream!

Vanilla Mug Cake

Vanilla Mug Cake

Mug cakes are really the best dessert ever.  I love how they are single serving desserts that take just minutes to make.  Over the past year and a half, I have created all types of easy mug cake recipes from my ever popular Carrot Cake Mug Cake to the fan favorite Peanut Butter Cookie Mug Cake! This vanilla mug cake recipe is actually based off of my very first mug cake recipe, the Snickerdoodle Mug Cake! I tossed out the cinnamon and added some vanilla bean paste and this vanilla cake in a mug turned out absolutely perfect! If you need an easy dessert to make tonight or you just have a craving for a vanilla cake, then this is the perfect dessert to make!

When I am eating this mug cake, I love topping it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  It makes the whole dessert very indulgent but it tastes amazing! What’s not to love about vanilla cake topped with extra vanilla ice cream!

Common questions about making a mug cake

How do I make a mug cake?

Making a mug cake is simple.  You combine the ingredients such as flour, baking powder, melted butter, milk, sugar, and vanilla and stir until well combined.  Pour into a mug and mircowave for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.

Can you make a cake in a microwave?

You place cake batter in a microwave-safe mug and then place in a microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Mug Cake Recipes

Tips and tricks on this vanilla mug cake recipe

  • Don’t have any vanilla bean paste on hand? Sub in vanilla extract!
  • Adding vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream on top is extra delicious and indulgent!
  • Make sure your mug is microwave-safe! This is vital, you do not want to have a mug explode or break!
  • Ramekins are the perfect size to make a mug cake in too.
  • Feel free to use any type of milk.  I usually go for dairy milk or vanilla almond milk.
  • Trying to cut out a bit of sugar? You can go down to about 1 tbsp of sugar in the base if you want it a little less sweet.
  • Subbing in alternative sweeteners like coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup works well too!
  • Melted coconut oil works as a substitute for butter in this mug cake recipe.

Check out the video of this vanilla mug cake recipe!

Vanilla Cake in a Mug

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Vanilla Mug Cake

Vanilla Mug Cake - A quick and easy one minute, single serving dessert! Delicious vanilla bean cake batter microwaved in a mug for just a minute! Perfect topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Pour batter into mug and microwave for 1:30-2 minutes or until cooked through.

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    January 22, 2018 at 2:30 am

    ahhhhh, mug cakes are my FAVORITE! thanks for the delicious recipe!

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    January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am

    This was so easy to make! Thank you for the recipe!

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    January 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I loved this so much… It was so easy too!

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    January 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I just love vanilla and that cake looks so soft and moist. I’d be topping mine with a little ice cream too!

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    Sandra Shaffer
    January 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Mmm, this is the perfect amount of dessert for me. I rarely make cakes unless it’s for a special occasion and I have people to share it with. This I can eat all on my own and not worry about the leftovers!

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    January 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The texture of the cake looks so perfect! I’ve never made a mug cake but this looks so easy and full of great vanilla flavor! A perfect single serve dessert for sure!

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    Debra C.
    January 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Definitely giving this a try, love the single-serving option! With only two of us here in the house a full cake goes to waste…. I mean waist! 😀

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    January 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I love a good mug cake! It’s one of my favorite treats in the evening after the kids are in bed. This vanilla one sounds sooooo delicious; love the use of vanilla bean paste!

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    Michaela Kenkel
    January 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    This is perfect for those evenings when you get a craving for something sweet!!

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    Peggy Duncan
    April 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    This is the perfect recipe no fuss and really delicious and easy!!

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    July 15, 2018 at 10:09 am

    This looks so good! Can you make it in a convection oven microwave?

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      July 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

      You know, I’m not actually sure! I think it would be fine!

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    July 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    This tasted amazing!! Can you add almond mild in this??

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      July 31, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Yes, you can use almond milk in the recipe!

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    August 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Should the butter be meltedor just literally mix everything together and microwave

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    September 24, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Wow this was perfect! I used a tiny amount of almond extract in place of the vanilla and it was delicious!

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      October 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      That is such a good idea! I love the flavor of almond extract in recipes!

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    October 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe, it is so fast and easy to make on those mornings that you don’t have time to eat breakfast and need something for on the go! Love it! Shmaks!

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      October 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      So glad you loved it!

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    Rebecca Napier
    January 18, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I can’t wait to try these mug cakes with my grandchildren. I think they will be less expensive than the individual mixes we have purchased. Thanks for the recipes!

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