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

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 :)

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on
The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins

The moistest and most fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! 

Servings: 1
  • 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 Notes

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. Katlyn
    06/09/2017 at 12:10 pm

    I just made this and it was wonderful. I didn’t have the bean paste so I just left it out. I sprinkled just a dash of cinnamon. It was perfect just as is. Best mug cake I’ve ever made and it really was super moist.

  2. Sally Realey
    06/10/2017 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for fab mug cakes. I made 4 x chocolate this morning. Found if I lined mug with cling film, cakes turned out perfectly every time. Generous enough to cut in half and eat one part later!

  3. Snow Feather
    06/12/2017 at 2:20 pm

    I have tried this recipe only once and my first try it turned out rubbery even though I followed the directions exactly. It seems the timing of 130 seconds was too long for the 950 watt microwave that I used I will adjust the timing the next time I make it to 70 seconds and hope that it turns out perfect. I really love the chocolate mug cake recipe, which has turned out perfect every time I have made it. Also for those who would like to make the the chocolate mug cake vegan I substituted milk for a Flax Drink that I love and it did not change anything.

  4. Kimmy
    06/16/2017 at 6:13 pm

    Very good and tasty

  5. Molly
    06/19/2017 at 8:15 pm


  6. Emma
    06/26/2017 at 11:12 pm

    I doubled it, added s dolop of Nutella in the middle, cooked it drizzled it with maple syrup and topped it with fresh berries! Delish!! Definitely make again!

  7. Abbey
    07/04/2017 at 10:32 pm

    Trying right now! Added cinnamon, clove, ginger, and cardamom for a sort of chai take. Tastes lovely

  8. Erinn
    07/05/2017 at 11:20 pm

    This is hands down the best mug cake I’ve ever tried!! As long as you are careful not to over cook it, the texture is amazing, seriously better than some cakes I’ve had from an oven. Great recipe!

    07/10/2017 at 2:19 am

    I’m going to try this recipe today. I expect it comes out as well as everyone else’s appears to have. I’m very excited. I’ll keep you posted!

  10. Marisa W.
    07/24/2017 at 1:09 pm

    Just wanted to say I’ve been using the chocolate and vanilla mug cake recipes for at least 2 years now and I love them! Even after having the many packages and easy to make cakes for one these are still my favorite even with the work of putting it all together. I’m looking forward to trying with vanilla bean paste soon instead of just extract. My favorites are adding chocolate chips instead of Nutella to the chocolate and sometimes adding them to the vanilla. Thanks so much for sharing these!!!

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