The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake


The vanilla version to my chocolate mug cake is this very vanilla mug cake! It’s just as easy to make as her chocolate friend and just as light and fluffy! Still has no eggs and fully customizable!

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A very vanilla mug cake to rule the land!

If you have been hanging around the blog for a few years now, you’ll know that my chocolate mug cake has been such a hit.

But not everyone is a fan of chocolate, which is quite shocking.

That’s always the age-old question, right? “Chocolate or vanilla?”

So if you are a vanilla lover, here is the vanilla mug cake version of the chocolate mug cake!

Honestly, several of people 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?

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What is a mug cake?

I still seem to get this question a lot and a mug cake is literally as it sounds. A cake that is made in a mug!

It’s great because you don’t need to whip out a bunch of tools to make this simple mug cake.

This vanilla mug cake is made without eggs. Why?

Okay, I get asked this a lot too and the reason why this mug cake is made without any eggs is because that is what makes it have a spongey texture!

If you think about it, it makes sense. Why would you put an entire egg into a mug cake when a regular full-sized cake often asks for one or two eggs?

This isn’t a full-sized cake. And of course I’m not going to ask you to divide an egg in half.

Just omit it! Best texture, ever!

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Can I make this with self-raising flour?

You can, but I tested it with self-raising flour and it just came out spongey and not the texture I wanted.

I like my cakes light, fluffy, and moist and with the self-raising flour, it just didn’t yield the results I wanted.

There have been many people who have used self-raising flour in this recipe and didn’t notice a difference so if you’re up for the challenge, I say go for it.

Can this mug cake be made in the oven?

No, this was solely developed for the microwave. I have had readers who have baked this but I honestly recall how it turned out and/or what temperature or time.

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What is different about this vanilla mug cake vs. your chocolate mug cake?

Well, for one, the most obvious: this is vanilla, not chocolate!

Additionally, this mug cake takes slightly longer to “bake” since the batter is thicker than the chocolate mug cake one.

Also, this vanilla version is easier to be built upon (or at least I think so) – add chocolate chips to it, a dollop of peanut butter, a dollop of nutella, anything!

I mean, what you can put on a cupcake, I’m sure you could put in this :)

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If you love mug cakes, you may like these different variations on my vanilla mug cake:

This is basically vanilla cake in a mug! Grab your mug and get the recipe below!

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The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins

A light and fluffy vanilla version of my famous chocolate mug cake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 469 kcal
  • 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!

Nutrition Facts
The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 mug cake)
Calories 469 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Sugars 31g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


Posted on March 04, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Marianne
    05/20/2018 at 7:30 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I made it exactly as written and it was delicious!!!

  2. Mary P.
    06/11/2018 at 3:20 pm

    I would like to make several other flavors ‘ like apple — peach— maybe pineapple — or red cake — I guess I could just add red coloring to the white cake– but need help with the others– thanks

  3. spencer
    06/13/2018 at 11:00 pm

    help!! i made it exactly as said, but it’s a spongey mess that didn’t rise at all.

  4. Cortney Alcantara
    06/26/2018 at 1:34 am

    I’m surprised there is no need for egg! I don’t know what wattage my microwave is,so I assumed it was really high and stopped the microwaving at 80 seconds. I think the key is to not overmicrowave it. I took it out when the top wa separating from the sides.Mine was soft and only slightly fluffy but not at all spongey. Tastes like a super soft underbaked fluffy sugar cookie but without eggs! The bottom is definitely more dense. I could have left it in for another 10 seconds. Super yummy.

  5. Becca
    07/04/2018 at 6:03 am

    Is the vanilla bean paste necessary (or could you sub something)? I always have everything else on hand, and they don’t sell it at any grocery store around me.



    • Julie
      07/04/2018 at 7:42 am

      Hi, I address this in the recipe notes below.

  6. Aurora
    07/20/2018 at 2:34 pm

    This recipe is amazing! Five stars from me! I double double this recipe, and instead of butter, I used melted coconut oil. Works better than I thought XD I recommend this recipe. I also used spelt flour instead of AP flour, and it worked out great. So spongey!

  7. Jocelyn
    08/10/2018 at 10:27 pm

    It dose not work I whisked for 3 mins and still found flour at the bottom

    • Julie
      08/11/2018 at 7:10 am

      That’s not the recipe not working; that’s you not whisking/mixing correctly.

  8. Summer Latimer
    09/04/2018 at 12:46 am

    Hm… I did everything as instructed and ended up with a dense and gelatinus result… I wouldn’t even call is spongy… It was almost a gummy texture. Like vanilla flavored gummy bears… How on Earth did that happen???

  9. Corinne Baker
    09/05/2018 at 7:21 pm

    What Could you substitute for vinilla paste?

    • Julie
      09/05/2018 at 8:44 pm

      Please read the recipe notes. I have this specific question answered already in there.

  10. Maria
    09/07/2018 at 8:41 pm

    I used Mexican vanilla extract. I didnt have vanilla bean paste, but that mexican vanilla made up for it! So so good! Oh and I added dark chocolate chips. I mean. Yeah. This is dangerous…

  11. Eva
    09/13/2018 at 8:28 am

    Made this during a commercial break and it tastes soooooo good! Thank you so much!!

  12. MonA
    09/20/2018 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for the recipee, followed to the T
    Dint work for me, well I alwz taste the batter before putting it to bake, & this tasted like flour & I somehow felt may b after microwaving it would definitely acquire the magical taste, but unfortunately ended up with a not at all spongy, bland , grumpy looking cake in the mug which tasted under baked
    Could be my fault in the whisking techniques though

  13. Michelle
    09/21/2018 at 7:38 pm

    I made this rexipe today and it was amazing. Very sponge and delicious, I really recommend it, thanks for sharing.

  14. abby
    09/25/2018 at 10:42 pm

    this is my go to recipe. however i did change a few things. I only had bisquick so I used tht instead of flour i didnt add the vanilla bean paste I stopped adding the vanilla extract I just put in French Vanilla creamer 2 tbs along with milk 4 tbs . and I add chocolate chips at the end and I put it in thw microwave at 2 min. it comes out delicious . I have been using this recipe for 2 years

  15. T
    10/05/2018 at 12:06 am

    I am eating my mug cake right now, and it actually turned out alright! Super fluffy, light, classic sponge cake texture. I didn’t have vanilla bean paste so I just used extra vanilla extract. My only fault was that it wasn’t sweet enough, I definitely added the right amount of sugar but it’s probably just my sweet tooth. I topped it with a scoop of Nutella to compensate :) I will definitely be trying this again with extra sugar. Thank you for this recipe! I loved it :D

  16. Jelyra White
    10/05/2018 at 7:56 pm

    Not too bad. It’s a nice sweet treat, albiet a little doughy(not like raw dough, more like a gooey pancake). I did the 1T vanilla as I didnt have paste. I also used oil instead of butter. I also added a packet of stevia and 1t of cinnamon to the recipe.

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