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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

A light and fluffy vanilla version of my famous chocolate mug cake!
3.78 from 71 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 7 mins
Servings: 1
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  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


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


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!


Serving: 1 mug cake | Calories: 520 kcal | Carbohydrates: 62 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 25 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 29 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake recipe, dessert, mug cake
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Recipe Rating

Penny Rosalie J.

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Meh. It’s yummy, and I make it all the time, but I’m 13 and can’t really bake GOOD sweet treats on my own. I add sprinkles and food color and it looks pretty and the sprinkles taste good, but the mug cake by itself is a little flavorless and gummy and I used 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar this time and it tasted the same, so I’m going to try 1 tablespoon of sugar next time. I also used less milk (1 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon) and it was fine too.


Friday 26th of March 2021

I'm going to be brutally honest, everything about this was absolutely awful. Wish I had of read the other reviews first.


Thursday 18th of March 2021

In the past, I´ve used other cake in a mug recipes, but it always tasted a little burnt, and it wasn´t fluffy, but this one turned out great!! I also loved the flavor! I didn´t use any vanilla bean paste though, I didn´t know if we had any. I also used vegan butter and almond milk for it to be vegan, but despite all that, this recipe is by far the best I´ve had! :)

Nicolas Estrella

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

The worst cake ever, flavorless and gummy, had to drink a glass of milk so that I wouldn’t choke on it.

Andrea Alcala Vasquez

Monday 8th of March 2021

Terrible recipe. Flavourless, think and dense. Added dulce de leche to improve the flavour.