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. 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

    • Madi
      07/10/2016 at 5:43 pm

      I found the exact same thing. This cake would haunt bakers all over the world the center was hard as a rock and dry! The “cake” did not rise and my child was so disappointed! NEVER MAKE THIS!!!

      • Kiera
        07/26/2016 at 8:14 am

        I literally like two minutes ago made this and it is not at all like you said

    • Jana
      07/26/2016 at 8:08 am

      this happened to me the first time I made it, I just tried it a second time and added more flour (a tablespoon or two more) and it turned out MUCH better. I suggest you try that

    • Mali
      08/11/2016 at 5:20 am

      I feel like the flour should be 1/2 cup, not 1/4 cup. I make one that’s so yummy, and 1/4 cup isn’t enough flour.

  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!

    • Cait
      07/17/2016 at 2:27 pm

      I was honestly really scared it was going to be bad, not just because of the reviews but I didn’t have any vanilla bean paste. But it turned out fantastic! it was really fluffy, soft, not at all gooey and tasted amazing. No frosting was necessary, I will definitely make this again.

  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.

  13. Emily
    06/25/2016 at 10:17 pm

    OK so I loved it but didn’t, I have to make a frosting fill in of vanilla and whipped cream. In other wise BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  14. Carline
    06/30/2016 at 12:28 pm

    This recipe is the BEST!!!

  15. Carline
    06/30/2016 at 12:33 pm

    Whenever I make mug cakes, it never turns out right but this has to be the best cake I ever tasted. Thank u so, so much!!

  16. Danielle
    07/02/2016 at 6:17 pm

    This is the best vanilla mug cake I’ve tried! So moist and fluffy! In my microwave it comes out perfectly after 90 seconds… Any longer and the texture suffers. If I double the recipe I cook it for 2 minutes. I make a quick chocolate frosting with margarine, cocoa powder and confectioners sugar. Sooooo good! My kids love it too! This recipe is definitely a winner.

    Those that don’t get a delicious cake from this recipe must be doing something wrong. Try using softened butter instead of melted. I do this and mine turns out perfectly every time.

  17. Samantha Dominguez
    07/16/2016 at 11:40 am

    ok what does the 1/4+ 2TBS mean I think this is messing me up please help

    • Julie
      07/16/2016 at 1:29 pm

      You measure out 1/4 cup of flour PLUS two more tablespoons of flour

  18. Nina
    07/16/2016 at 7:20 pm

    Well, using this recipe was a bit of a hit when trying to make it, only I tweaked it a little bit to make it more flavorfull and interesting.
    First, instead of using All Purpose Flour, (which I didn’t have at the time when first trying this) I used Self Rising Flour without the baking powder (which I also didn’t have) or salt. Another reason not using the powder and salt being that self rising flour already has those ingredients.
    To get the flavor a bit more present (because it didn’t have enough presence for me, no “Unf” in the cake), instead of just vanilla extract, I put in a quarter of a tablespoon of lemon extract and a quarter of a tablespoon of vanilla extract. (No, I didn’t use vanilla bean paste because what even is that.)
    On top of that, I used about a tablespoon lemon sheddings.
    After doing so, the flavor still didn’t come out like I wanted it to, so I decided to try and glaze type of frosting. I used a tablespoon of pancake syrup (yes, syrup), a half a table spoon of pure lemon juice, and a table spoon of sugar, and mixed it until it was a glazie syrup. I then made a well type of hole in the cake, and poured half of the glaze into and on top of the cake and saved the rest for later. The taste and flavor was very noticeable, and I plan to do it exactly this way whenever I want something sweet. Let me know how it turned out for you. C:

  19. Sammy
    07/16/2016 at 8:29 pm

    Mine didn’t come out well, it didn’t taste like vanilla. I didn’t have the paste but I did do the substitution but it still didn’t really taste like anything, plus it didn’t make that much, like it didn’t rise.

  20. Elsa
    07/16/2016 at 9:16 pm

    This is probably the best mug cake I’ve ever tried! It is delicious, replicates cake entirely, and has an OUTSTANDING vanilla taste! It also tastes amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This mug cake is a 10/10 from me!

  21. Jane Doe
    07/20/2016 at 12:30 pm

    I didn’t use the vanilla bean paste and added chocolate chips and it was delicious. Can’t wait to try again

  22. Johanna
    07/20/2016 at 10:08 pm

    I loved it I had no vanilla bean paste so at first the batter was watery but I added a little more flour and sugar till it was the consistency I wanted and it turned out delicious it is really good without frosting but I liked it with a little wipped cream and I will definatly make it again 😺

  23. Lucy cooks
    07/22/2016 at 10:54 am

    I added syrup because it looked like a failed pancake in a mug 🙁

  24. Linda Giles
    07/24/2016 at 3:34 pm

    Do you have any recipe for cubed steak in a crockpot?

  25. Caiti
    07/25/2016 at 7:34 am

    In love! New go too quick dessert! I used double the butter…because…butter! I also used stevia instead of white sugar. My microwave is 1100 watt so i decreased the time by 25 seconds (1.45minutes instead)and it came out perfectly!! Thankyou! Xx Caiti

  26. Renee
    07/26/2016 at 7:40 pm

    I tried this and also thought it was gross….so gummy. Wish I would have read the comments first and not wasted my time!! Ewwww!!!

    • Julie
      07/26/2016 at 9:31 pm

      Sorry yours didn’t turn out but did you see the comments of ones that were successful? There are a couple hundred that are successful! Did you substitute any ingredients or do anything different?

  27. Sarah landor
    07/27/2016 at 12:54 am

    Legit just made this and it’s the best mug cake recipe it’s a little on the bland side but nothing a little Nutella and almond butter can’t fix. Kinda tasted like a pancake. Lol.

  28. Kylie Bock
    07/27/2016 at 2:05 am

    I just made this to exact recipe and it was perfect. I cooked it in a very small mixing bowl that i mixed the dry ingredients in for 2 min. Afterwards added strawberries and blueberries and cream. Kids loved it.

  29. Siti
    07/27/2016 at 4:54 am

    I substituted 2 tbsp. granulated sugar to 2 and half tbsp. Brown sugar and adding 1 tbsp. chocolate chips……
    Its work great and moist for 130 minute

  30. Ilona
    07/31/2016 at 4:29 am

    Didnt work for me :-( nice flavour but didnt rise and a very rubbery texture. Just a thought anyone tried adding an egg?

  31. Cassi
    08/01/2016 at 2:52 pm

    Did you mean 1/2 to 1 TEASPOONS vanilla extract not tablespoon? Whole cakes don’t even use a tablespoon so I was just curious…

    • Julie
      08/01/2016 at 7:21 pm

      Nope, I meant 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract!

  32. Taylor
    08/01/2016 at 5:25 pm

    I make this recipe time and time again that I can’t even remember if I’ve written a comment about it! It’s the only mug cake recipe I make. I never have vanilla bean paste so when I do 1 tbsp of vanilla I cut 1 tbsp of milk to balance for the extra liquid. I also stir in sprinkles for confetti cake, and microwave it for 2.5 min because my wattage is lower. I ice it and take it down with a glass of milk. It’s a winner every time!

  33. Kitt katt
    08/06/2016 at 3:37 am

    Love this cake my new fav so yummy and easy thanks for sharing 😀

  34. Renee
    08/11/2016 at 5:45 am

    This was the most perfect cake ever. I used a 32 ounce mug so I only cooked it for 45 seconds, but it was delicious. Super fluffy and pretty flavorful :)

  35. Camis
    08/18/2016 at 12:51 am

    Absolutely amazing. I added a little more flour and vanilla extract and my microwave is 700 watts so I put it in for 2 minutes and about 35 seconds. Then I made a chocolate glaze to go on top and it was perfect :)

  36. Rina
    08/22/2016 at 7:59 pm

    Do you have a cake version of this?

    It was delicious! Although I had to try it three times because my microwave is 800w

    • Julie
      08/23/2016 at 7:39 am

      No, I don’t. Sorry!

      • Rina
        08/23/2016 at 7:50 pm

        Thr texture is amazing and I can definitely see this one as a layer cake with fruits and frosting in between, super rich vanilla cake!

      • Rina
        08/23/2016 at 7:51 pm

        I love your blog :)

  37. Jonathan
    08/25/2016 at 11:03 am

    It came out rather dense for me when I used just extract, I’m going to try adding a bit of flour and see how it turns out. (It still tasted good though! :P) I also found that adding 1/16 teaspoon lemon extract, it makes it taste a lot better. There’s no discernible lemon flavor added, but it does make a difference.

  38. Eve
    09/05/2016 at 1:49 pm

    PERFECT! My husband was veeeeery delighted too, when he came home from work and found this waiting for him! I ate it with a bit of coconut yogurt. So delicious!!!

    I really don’t understand how people get this to fail… I used vanilla sugar (the pure and natural stuff) and coconut oil iso butter. And it turned out perfectly moist, fluffy and delicious, even when my microwave only has 750 max. Think I cooked it for 3 minuted.

    This one definitely is a keeper! Thanks!

  39. Kristen
    09/11/2016 at 1:47 pm

    Try 1/2 cup of flour, dash of cinnamon. Delicious!

  40. Garnet
    09/17/2016 at 1:12 am

    Kind of iffy for me… There was too much vanilla flavor, it was bitter. Kind of gooey, too. Satisfied cravings, though

  41. Lauren
    09/19/2016 at 3:57 pm

    After a ton of mug cake fail recipes I stumbled upon this… It looked so good I couldn’t help but try it. And thank goodness I did because it was delicious. By far the best cake I’ve ever made in the microwave. This cake has the actual texture of cake, not the rubbery texture of most mug desserts. I’m usually not a vanilla cake person so I added some chocolate chips in with the batter and it was perfect and super quick! Thanks!!

  42. Natalie
    09/25/2016 at 8:17 am

    This cake was disgusting. 😛

  43. Shelby
    09/25/2016 at 9:57 pm

    Mine tasted more like a pancake than an actual cake. I think I needed more sugar. I just poured more syrup on mine and embraced it. Haha!

  44. danielle
    09/27/2016 at 10:58 pm

    went with 1/2 cup flour and added matcha powder… definitely needed more sugar to balance the matcha. I thought it had a great texture I cooked it for 90 secs my microwave is 1000watts. I can only imagine how great it tastes with vanilla bean paste

  45. Liz
    10/05/2016 at 7:15 pm

    it was VERY moist
    it was satisfying but
    i have to say it was not the best
    but nicely attempted

  46. Emma
    10/10/2016 at 9:37 pm

    I really like this mug cake recipe. I use it all the time whenever I’m in the mood for a sweet cake. Since the serving is typically too much for me, I half the recipe and it tastes good. The only complaint is that last time I made this cake, it was spongy and dense like other cake recipes. A few days later, I noticed our milk was bad, but I don’t think this was the case. So if this cake does become spongey, I recommend trying the recipe again because 9/10 time I use this recipe, it turns out amazing.

  47. Teresa
    10/12/2016 at 4:27 am

    Hi! I added half ripe banana instead of butter and it turned out really good!

  48. Nyaimani
    10/17/2016 at 8:49 pm

    After reading the comments, I was scared to try and make this cake but honestly, it was one of the tastiest cakes I have ever had in a mug. So moist and dense. (Little tip: add some cinnamon to the batter, makes it taste like a churro!)

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