The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake


I gave y’all the moistest chocolate mug cake last week and now I’m giving you the moistest very vanilla mug cake!

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

You guys, my moistest chocolate mug cake was such a hit that I knew I had to try to make a vanilla version. A very vanilla version. Several of you asked for one and honestly, it wasn’t a bad idea. It’s like having chocolate and vanilla ice cream flavors to choose from. Sometimes you’re wanting chocolate, some days you’re wanting vanilla. Same deal for mug cakes, right?

Again, recipe testing yielded success! Jason said this tasted like a fluffy vanilla cupcake. :) I think you guys will LOVE this one. It really does taste like a vanilla cake and it’s SO incredibly moist and fluffy. It has ZERO spongy-ness to it.

Just look at the vanilla bean specks in the cake! It smelled so good.

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

Have you made my moistest chocolate mug cake yet? If not, which one will you make first? The age-long debate: vanilla or chocolate? I probably would make both and alternate bites haha

So this mug cake takes slightly longer to “bake” since the batter is thicker than the chocolate mug cake one. I’m so excited for you to try this one – go get that mug! This cake base could definitely be built upon – add chocolate chips to it, a dollop of peanut butter, a dollop of nutella, anything! I mean, what you can put in a cupcake, I’m sure you could put in this :)

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The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake

This best and moistest very vanilla mug cake you will ever have. It's not spongey or dry like other mug cakes! You will never use another vanilla mug cake recipe again!

5 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. In a measuring cup, whisk together milk, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients then pour the milk mixture into the center, followed by the melted butter.
  4. Whisk until no lumps remain and batter is smooth and well combined.
  5. Pour into a 16-ounce microwave-safe mug.
  6. Microwave on high for 130 seconds or 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
  7. Carefully remove and enjoy!
Recipe Type: Dessert, Cake


Please note that ALL microwaves are different therefore can yield different results and can overcook this mug cake if you aren’t careful. My microwave is 950 watts and I cooked mine on 100% power for 130 seconds. Knowing this information, it may help you better judge how long to cook yours for and at what power.

Remember, 130 seconds is 2 minutes and 10 seconds. It is quite long if your microwave is a higher wattage than mine; therefore, could OVERCOOK your mug cake. To play it safe, if your microwave wattage is higher than mine, I would try 100 seconds first and then increment it by 10 seconds until it's fully cooked through.

Note about the vanilla bean paste: if you do not have vanilla bean paste on hand, that is ok. You just won't have the vanilla bean specks in your cake. If you're omitting the vanilla bean paste (ONLY if you're omitting the vanilla bean paste), use 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract instead of 1/2 tbsp. I do highly suggest the vanilla bean paste, though, because it gives it a deeper vanilla fragrance and taste!


Posted on March 04, 2014

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  1. Roberto
    10/26/2016 at 10:36 am

    Just try to add 1 egg and it would be delicious

    • Gwendolyn
      10/31/2016 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, one egg and it would be good to go!

      • Julie
        11/01/2016 at 6:24 am

        If you feel that an egg would be great for this, then by all means go for it. I omitted the egg because if you think about it – an entire egg for a MUG cake? That’s excessive! When baking a whole cake you usually use one or two eggs. I’ve tried this with an egg and it makes the cake spongey, which was my reasoning for omitting it. If you guys feel that an egg would be perfect; feel free!

  2. Yuri Koiwa
    10/31/2016 at 3:41 pm


  3. Cathy
    11/07/2016 at 7:58 pm

    I made this with almond extract – delicious! Topped it with a little homemade raspberry jam and whipped cream. Yummy!!

    • suzanne
      11/10/2016 at 8:06 am

      Can I ask how much almond extract you used? Planning to try this out with a bit of lemon extract as well!

      • Lori
        12/02/2016 at 9:20 am

        Thank you Julie…I always crave one piece of cake only…so convient and delicious and who would have thought without the egg? I cut it lengthwise down the middle and mixed some butter and confection sugar together to spread on it. Best cake I ever had! Keep up the good work!

  4. Genevieve Canada
    11/17/2016 at 9:45 pm

    This was truley amazing! I have tried so many recipes and they all turn out gross but this, is your five minute cupcake fix for sure!

  5. Katie-Rose
    11/26/2016 at 3:08 am

    At home after a long day. Felt like something sweet and found this recipe. OMG best mug cake I’ve ever made I didn’t use bean paste but use a whole Tspoon of Vanilla extract. So yummy topped it off with a dollop of hokey pokey ice cream. Yummy. And so MOIST.

  6. Helen
    12/06/2016 at 12:28 pm

    I have to use soy milk or almond milk, do you have any suggestions? I made it as said and it was very dry and spongy.

    • Julie
      12/07/2016 at 6:14 am

      I personally haven’t tried with those types of milk but I would imagine if it’s very dry, you might have put it in the microwave too long. And spongy to me makes me think that it’s the milk switchup but I cannot be positive.

  7. Loriane
    12/07/2016 at 10:54 am

    Do you have to youse vanilla bean paste?

    • Julie
      12/07/2016 at 8:31 pm

      You don’t have to but it’s recommended. You can just sub it out with more vanilla extract.

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