The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake


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.

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

A very vanilla version. Several of you asked for one and honestly, it wasn’t a bad idea.

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

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

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

The moistest very vanilla mug cake is like a fluffy vanilla cupcake in a mug! Recipe on

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
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. 03/04/2014 at 8:48 am

    OKay, that’s it – I’m trying this ASAP!! Julie you’re a mug cake genius!

    • 03/04/2014 at 9:12 am

      Gina tried it last night already..snuck her the recipe early. She said it was amazing! :)

      • Kim Swanson
        09/08/2014 at 1:53 pm

        I added a Tablespoon of biscoff to the vanilla mug cake…yummy!

      • Al
        09/22/2014 at 9:33 pm

        This is awesome. Thanks! My dad loves this. He’s such a purist I didn’t think he would like it but he loved it!

  2. 03/04/2014 at 9:01 am

    You know I’m more of a vanilla girl so I’m super excited to try this!

  3. 03/04/2014 at 9:21 am

    The mug cake chronicles continue!! I love this kick you are on Julie :) And I”m all for adding chocolate chips AND PB. Out of control!

  4. 03/04/2014 at 11:09 am

    This looks incredible!!

  5. 03/04/2014 at 11:10 am

    I have to say, this is the quickest cake recipe I have ever seen! It’s surely a nice way to satisfy your craving for those sweet moist cakes.

  6. 03/04/2014 at 11:43 am

    This is so great Julie! Saw this picture on Instagram yesterday and was hoping you would be posting it soon. Can’t beat a cake that can be made in 2 minutes!

  7. Karen Bailey
    03/04/2014 at 12:03 pm

    You are amazing! I love these little desserts! Quick, easy and delicious! I can’t wait to try this one!

  8. 03/04/2014 at 12:04 pm

    I just wanna snuggle into that mug with all that vanilla goodness.

  9. 03/04/2014 at 12:06 pm

    Those flecks of vanilla bean are incredible, what a great cake!

  10. 03/04/2014 at 12:23 pm

    That top photo was all it took to convince me!

  11. Diane
    03/04/2014 at 1:08 pm


    Thanks for,posting this looks,great.


  12. 03/04/2014 at 1:12 pm

    Goodness gracious, I want to dive right into that mug!

  13. 03/04/2014 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! This is very clever a 1 cup, 1 person cake. Love the vanilla bean specks flecked throughout.

  14. 03/04/2014 at 1:25 pm

    Vanilla happens to be my most favorite with everything! This cake in a mug is genius…. looking so super moist!

  15. 03/04/2014 at 1:48 pm

    is it wrong I would eat this for breakfast? because I totally would and I don’t even care how shameful that is lol

  16. 03/04/2014 at 3:41 pm

    I love all the vanilla bean specks! I can practically smell it through the computer and can’t wait to try it in real life!

    • 03/04/2014 at 7:29 pm

      Can’t wait for you to try!!

  17. 03/04/2014 at 4:08 pm

    I want this so bad, looks amazing! :)

  18. J.Lee
    03/04/2014 at 4:32 pm

    Because eating an entire tray of brownies only “sounds” like a good idea once a month.

  19. 03/04/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Drooling. Pinned!

  20. 03/04/2014 at 6:42 pm

    Oh my, i need this right now!

  21. 03/04/2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’m totally loving this vanilla mug cake recipe, Julie! When you posted your chocolate mug cake, I thought of a vanilla or yellow cake one. I’m so glad you developed this recipe, now I don’t have to. LOL! Cannot wait to make this for a treat. Gorgeous photography as always, my friend. Thanks for sharing. Will be pinning to group boards tonight! xo

  22. Erin Milgram
    03/04/2014 at 8:36 pm

    I made this tonight. When I pulled it out of the microwave, I added a spoonful of Biscoff! It melted and was a great addition!

    • 03/05/2014 at 8:26 am

      Sounds delicious! I’m glad you enjoyed this!

  23. 03/04/2014 at 9:04 pm

    Once a week I think to myself “You deserve some cake!”. Thanks in advance!

  24. 03/04/2014 at 10:47 pm

    Mine is in the microwave now. I can’t wait!

  25. 03/04/2014 at 11:48 pm

    I love the vanilla bean specs!! So amazing!

  26. 03/05/2014 at 8:42 am

    This looks fantastic Julie! Is it bad that I’m craving it for breakfast? :-)

  27. 03/05/2014 at 8:56 am

    Oooo, can’t wait to try this!!! Mmm!

  28. 03/05/2014 at 9:08 am

    Love the vanilla version!

  29. Usually I am 100% on the chocolate side of the fence, but I love real vanilla beans. This looks very dangerous :)

  30. 03/05/2014 at 9:51 am

    Love this girl! Anything to get a dessert in my belly faster is a win for me!

  31. 03/05/2014 at 10:10 am

    I love that I can make this in a few short minutes and making a vanilla mug cake is a wonderful idea!

  32. Lisa
    03/05/2014 at 10:41 am

    I feel like i need to go out this very second and buy a microwave for this cake. I want it now! looks so delicious.

  33. 03/05/2014 at 10:44 am

    This cake looks so good!

  34. 03/05/2014 at 11:10 am

    Can you sub almond milk here? It’s the only thing we always have, we’re not a big milk house, but I want this cake SO BAD! :)

    • 03/05/2014 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Cianna, I’m not sure what almond milk would do to the texture of the cake. You’re certainly welcome to try, though.

      • Melissa
        05/27/2014 at 9:28 pm

        I subbed coconut milk – the real deal, not thickened or sweetened – and it turned out perfectly.

  35. 03/05/2014 at 11:50 am

    Oh I have got to have this today!

  36. 03/05/2014 at 1:13 pm

    i like the idea of making one each and alternately eat them with a scoop of icecream :)

  37. 03/05/2014 at 3:44 pm

    I think I might make this tonight. I’m feeling under the weather today and this would make me happy! Vanilla cake is my favorite, Julie!

  38. 03/05/2014 at 4:10 pm

    I like the idea of eating both cakes at one time… who needs to choose? :-)

  39. 03/05/2014 at 11:14 pm

    SO trying this!

  40. 03/06/2014 at 10:27 pm

    Made this tonight and HOLY SMOKES IT IS AMAZINGGGGG. Just got vanilla bean paste and this was the first recipe I tried. Tossed in a few blueberries and topped it with ice cream. I think this could end up being very, very dangerous…

    • 03/07/2014 at 7:49 am

      Yay!!! So glad you loved this, Erin!!

  41. 03/07/2014 at 7:47 am

    oh my gawd, I love you Julie. . but now we’re all going to gain an extra 5 lbs. . being able to have cake within minutes. . or seconds! Awesome!

  42. 03/08/2014 at 3:49 am

    Oh how I want to dive into this! Pinned :)

  43. 03/08/2014 at 6:55 pm

    I must have this mug cake right now! Pinning!

  44. 03/08/2014 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve never made mug cake before but this is going to be the one I try!

    • 03/09/2014 at 10:05 am

      Hope you love it!

  45. 03/10/2014 at 2:14 am

    I’ve actually tried your chocolate version several times and it is really, really good! I’m happy to see you made vanilla one! I’ll give this a try very soon. It’s a perfect quick dessert after dinner and kids love it!

    • 03/10/2014 at 8:08 am

      Thanks, Nami! I’m so glad you’ve tried the chocolate version :)

  46. 03/10/2014 at 2:35 am

    With those ample vanilla bean specks, you completely convinced me to make this mug cake every single night of the week!

  47. Amy
    03/16/2014 at 10:34 pm

    I didn’t have a mug so I used my Fiestaware bowl, it was a perfect fit! Threw on some chocolate chips to melt for frosting and it is so delicious!
    Thank you!

    • Julie
      03/17/2014 at 7:30 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Amy!

  48. Kristine
    03/20/2014 at 9:28 pm

    Awesome mini cake! Made it with a gluten-free flour mix I have and it came out pretty good. A little on the chewy side (more like pancake texture) but extremely tasty nonetheless. Also added some cinnamon and nutmeg for flavour. Definitely going to try chocolate chips and maybe some peanut butter for part of the butter next time.

    • Julie
      03/21/2014 at 8:26 am

      Glad you enjoyed and successfully used a different type of flour for this!

  49. Orla
    04/09/2014 at 12:12 pm

    This is amazing! Ive never had such a good mug cake! Dear lord this is a dangerous discovery XD My taste buds thank you but my hips certainly wont!

  50. 04/14/2014 at 6:47 pm

    I added a scoop of cookie butter to my warm mug and it was DELICIOUS!

    • Julie
      04/16/2014 at 7:31 am

      That sounds awesome, Koko!! So glad you enjoyed it!

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