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

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. alison viegas
    05/19/2016 at 10:21 pm

    I tried this out and it came out very gooey and dense, any idea why? I followed the recipe except didn’t use any vanilla bean paste and added a bit of extra vanilla extract

    • Sandra
      06/07/2016 at 1:13 pm

      Perhaps you did not put it in the microwave long enough

  2. Dave
    05/26/2016 at 6:59 pm

    Yeah this was absolutely disgusting. 😾

    06/03/2016 at 9:10 pm

    Tried it and liked it! Wish I had vanilla bean paste.

  4. Lora
    06/04/2016 at 12:54 am

    This comes out perfect every time! Maybe those who are getting goey cake have a lower wattage microwave and need to cook it longer. I love throwing in some frozen raspberries too! Delicious! Thank you!

  5. A
    06/08/2016 at 1:48 am

    Tried this recipe tonight on a whim. I used some vanilla creamer I had on hand in place of the milk. I, like so many others, used 1 tbsp of vanilla extract in place of the vanilla paste. I also added in a single strawberry diced and few blueberries. It turned out really good. Thanks for the recipe

  6. Lily
    06/08/2016 at 6:19 pm

    This cake did not turn out anything like a cupcake…

  7. R
    06/10/2016 at 5:03 am

    I cooked mine for 2 min and it came out to be so disgusting and it almost felt like rubber without any taste! Though it was smelling good, Yucks!

  8. lucy
    06/12/2016 at 10:21 am

    mine was really good but i think i’m going to double the recipe the next time i make it , because i got a vary small cake.

  9. Sandy
    06/12/2016 at 1:57 pm

    I was looking for something quick. Followed recipe with substituting the vanilla bean paste. After cooking I added a few cut up strawberries and a drizzle of vanilla yogurt. Yum…I had a quick dessert for one that tasted like strawberry shortcake!

  10. Claire
    06/12/2016 at 8:45 pm

    I couldn’t resist and decided to try the batter. It tasted a bit like pancakes so I added about at teaspoon more of vanilla and a ½ tablespoon of sugar and that did the trick!

  11. Galen Joyce
    06/14/2016 at 11:03 am

    I substituted additional vanilla for the paste and added one minute to the microwave time as the mix was more liquid without the paste as a thickener. The cake came out perfect and extra moist. I found that apricot preserves makes a terrific accompaniment as a glaze. Cheers!

  12. Vidya
    06/16/2016 at 4:22 am

    I tried it and it came out very moist…but lil bitter…wud it b coz I substituted vanilla bean paste wid lil extra vanilla extract? ??

    • Julie
      06/16/2016 at 7:05 am

      Yes. Vanilla extract is a lot more bitter. It’s basically alcohol and vanilla together.

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