This easy vanilla mug cake recipe is so delicious and the perfect treat when you crave a delicious and easy dessert. With simple ingredients and a quick cook time, you can have a fluffy vanilla cake in just 1-2 minutes! This single-serving cake is my go-to treat when craving something sweet but don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen.

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Vanilla cake in 8-ounce clear glass mug with spoon and strip napkin on table.

Vanilla Mug Cake for One

When you crave a delicious and easy dessert, this easy vanilla mug cake recipe is so delicious and satisfying.
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Course: Dessert for One
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 mug
Calories: 390kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  • To start, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a microwave-safe mug. I used an 8-ounce clear glass mug.
  • In a small bowl mix the wet ingredients(milk, vanilla, and butter) and add to dry ingredients and mix until the cake batter is smooth.
  • Microwave the mug cake for 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave's wattage. The top of the cake should be set and springy to the touch. My microwave is a 750 watt and it took 2 minutes.
  • Let the mug cake cool for about 5 minutes, then top with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • The key to a fluffy texture  is to mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before combining them. This helps to ensure that the batter is evenly mixed and doesn’t become too dense.
  • Using room temperature milk also helps to create a lighter cake, as cold milk can cause the melted butter to solidify.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g
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These other single serving recipes you should try are my eggless banana bread, decadent Nutella mug cake for one, and a creamy single-serving panna cotta recipe.

Vanilla cake in 8-ounce clear glass mug with spoon and strip napkin on table.

Why you will love this recipe

  • This easy mug cake is a great recipe to have in your repertoire when you’re in need of a quick dessert. It’s also perfect for those times when you want a single serving of cake without the hassle of making a whole cake.
  • The minimal ingredients and quick cook time make it a simple mug cake that anyone can make, even if you’re not an experienced baker.

To make this delicious vanilla mug cake, you will need the following ingredients:

milk, butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and vanilla extract in clear bowls on wood table.

For your convenience a recipe card with ingredients and full instructions is also included at the bottom of this post.

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Toppings of your choice

Recipe Instructions

Clear mug with dry ingredients for a vanilla mug cake in

Step One: To start, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a microwave-safe mug.

Vanilla mug cake batter in measuring cup.

Step Two: In a small bowl mix the wet ingredients(milk, vanilla, and butter) and add to dry ingredients and mix until the cake batter is smooth.

Spoon full of vanilla cake with dollop of whipped cream.

Step Three: Microwave the mug cake for 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave’s wattage. The top of the cake should be set and springy to the touch. Let the mug cake cool for a minute or two, then top with your favorite toppings.

Ways to serve your mug cake

A scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, or whipped cream are all great choices! This fluffy vanilla mug cake is also delicious on its own, with a classic vanilla flavor that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • Whipped cream is a classic topping. Try this small batch homemade version of whipped cream A dollop of peanut butter or Nutella as frosting is a nice little twist.Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the full vanilla experience.

Recipe Notes

The key to a fluffy texture in this microwave mug cake recipe is to mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before combining them. This helps to ensure that the batter is evenly mixed and doesn’t become too dense. Using room temperature milk also helps to create a lighter cake, as cold milk can cause the melted butter to solidify.

So the next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, try this easy vanilla mug cake recipe. With its fluffy texture and classic vanilla flavor, it’s the perfect single serve dessert. And with so many delicious toppings to choose from, you can customize it to suit your tastes. Whether you enjoy it on its own or with your favorite toppings, this mug cake is the perfect dessert and sure to be a hit!

Can I bake the cake in the oven?

Yes. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes. Make sure you use an oven-safe mug!

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