Easy Vanilla Mug Cake

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This classic Easy Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is easy to make, full of vanilla flavor, and is great served warm with whipped cream or ice cream over the top.

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

It’s no secret, I love a good vanilla cake. It’s often my request as a birthday cake.

As a kid I preferred chocolate but as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown more fond of plain vanilla.

You really can’t beat a moist cake with tons of vanilla flavor. I love to pair it with fresh fruit. And it’s even better when the cake is warm and served in a mug.

Have you ever had a mug cake before? Better yet, have you ever made a mug cake before?

It’s probably the easiest cake to make. One that you can produce in a matter of seconds as soon as you get a craving for something sweet.

I think you’re really going to love this vanilla cake in a mug!

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

Vanilla mug cake ingredients

As with any basic vanilla cake recipe, the ingredient list is simple. To make this Easy Vanilla Mug Cake recipe, you will need:

  • Butter – Will add a rich buttery flavor to the cake
  • All-purpose flour – I’ve only tested this recipe using this flour. It may work with cake flour also, I’m not sure.
  • Salt – To mellow the sweetness and tie the other ingredients together.
  • Eggs – To provide leavening, color, and flavor.
  • Sugar – Add a touch of sweetness because this is dessert!
  • Milk – I used whole milk but you may be able to replace it with a dairy-free alternative.
  • Baking powder – Helps the batter bake up into a fluffy little mug cake.
  • Vanilla – Use a high-quality vanilla extract so you get the best flavor. A vanilla paste will also work!

How to Make Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

How to make vanilla mug cake?

I promise this will be the easiest cake you’ve ever made. There are just a couple steps to sweet yellow mug cake heaven…

  1. In a 16-ounce microwave safe coffee mug, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Stir in the butter, milk, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Microwave on high power for 90 seconds then let the cake sit for 2 minutes before serving.

Vanilla Mug Cake

How to serve vanilla mug cake

This mug cake recipe is great on its own but to make it the best mug cake, top it with homemade whipped cream, raspberry frosting, coconut frosting, or chocolate frosting.

How to Make Easy Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake

This classic Easy Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is easy to make, full of vanilla flavor, and is great served warm with whipped cream or ice cream over the top.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Yields: 1 servings
Calories: 596
Author: Jen Sobjack



  • In a 16-ounce microwave-safe mug, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir in the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla until the batter is smooth.
  • Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Let the cakes stand for 2 minutes.
  • Top with whipped cream and berries or other desired topping. Enjoy!


Adapted from Land O' Lakes


Serving: 1mug | Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 18.7% | Calcium: 10.2% | Iron: 15.4%

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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