This Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is made with no eggs and has rich buttery vanilla flavor and a soft and tender crumb. And it’s made in the microwave in a matter of minutes!
Get ready to have your mind blown.
Rich vanilla cake with a soft, tender, and moist crumb…cooked in the microwave?!
Oh yes, it’s possible. Welcome to your new favorite dessert.
This Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is here to satisfy your vanilla cake cravings.
It’s basically a regular vanilla cake that’s scaled way down so a) you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make it, b) it doesn’t make a sink full of dirty dishes, and c) you won’t be stuck with a giant cake on hand.
Whip it up on a random Tuesday night and end your day on a sweet note.
The Best Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe
- Whole milk
- Vanilla extract
- Vanilla bean paste
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
How to Make a Mug Cake with No Egg
- Use a fork to mix together the melted butter and other wet ingredients in a 10 to 12-ounce microwave safe mug.
- Mix in the sugar, and then the dry ingredients.
- Microwave the mug cake.
- Top with sprinkles if desired, and enjoy.
Equipment for This Recipe
Variations on This Recipe
- No vanilla bean paste. I love the little flecks of vanilla bean and the depth of flavor it adds, but if you don’t have vanilla bean paste, you can double the amount of vanilla extract.
- Make it lemon. If you like lemon cake, add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest.
- Spice it up. Cinnamon is also a delicious addition! Add up to 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
- Frost it if you want. There’s really no need (because this cake is super moist!), but if you have frosting on hand or feel like whipping it up, go ahead and frost this.
Tips for Making a Microwave Vanilla Mug Cake
- To prevent the mug cake from spilling over as it microwaves, I find it helpful to open and close the microwave door once about halfway through.
- Try not to over-mix the batter because doing so can cause a rubbery mug cake.
- Like most mug cakes, this is best enjoyed the same day it’s made.
Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe FAQs
What Makes Some Mug Cakes Rubbery?
There are a few potential culprits for a rubbery mug cake:
- Too much oil in the cake.
- Over-mixing the batter.
- Microwaving the cake for too long.
Follow this recipe for a deliciously soft, moist, and tender mug cake!
What is the Difference Between a Mug Cake and a Cake?
There are 2 main differences between a traditional cake and a mug cake:
- A mug cake is scaled way down to have the entire amount of batter fit into a coffee mug.
- A traditional cake is typically baked in the oven, and a mug cake is cooked in the microwave.
How Can I Tell if a Mug is Microwave Safe?
There is a simple method to test if a mug is microwave safe:
- Fill a mug 3/4 full with water.
- Microwave the mug of water on HIGH for 1 minute.
- If the mug is cool but the water is hot, it is microwave safe. If the mug is warm or hot, it isn’t microwave safe.
More Sweet Vanilla Treats to Try
Vanilla Mug Cake
- Coconut oil spray for the mug
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
- 4 tablespoons whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon rainbow sprinkles for topping (optional)
- Lightly spray the inside of a 10 to 12 ounce microwave-safe mug with coconut oil spray.
- Use a fork to mix together the butter, milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste in the mug. Mix in the sugar.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine.
- Microwave on high until the cake is cooked, about 1 minute, 45 seconds.
- If desired, top with sprinkles.
- Cool for a couple minutes, and then serve.
- Topping Ideas: If desired, you can top with frosting, ice cream, or whipped cream.