Vanilla Mug Cake

This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!…

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This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!

Vanilla Mug Cake

Need a sweet treat that takes literally 5 minutes to make with ingredients you have on hand? Meet the ultimate Vanilla Mug Cake! This one is so moist, so sweetly vanilla-scented, it feels like it’s a fancy from-scratch baking project. Except it’s a cake made in the microwave. The mug cake is an internet trend that’s totally worth trying: because it really is that delicious. And easy.

Ingredients in this vanilla mug cake recipe

A mug cake is a single-serving cake mixed in a mug and cooked in the microwave. The microwave “bakes” the cake in under 2 minutes. It might sound like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. This vanilla cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, beautifully sweet and perfect for toppings of any kind! Even better: you probably have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry and fridge. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Milk (oat milk or almond milk, for vegan)
  • Butter (coconut oil or neutral oil, for vegan)
  • Vanilla
Vanilla Mug Cake

Cook time varies based on microwave

All you’ve got to do is mix the ingredients together in a mug, then nuke it for about 1 ½ minutes! Now, here’s an important thing to note. Cook time for a mug cake varies based on the power of your microwave. Here’s how to make this vanilla mug cake recipe fit any microwave:

  • Cook 60 seconds on high, then check. It’s possible that your cake could be done now, if you have a high powered appliance.
  • When is it done? It looks cooked and springs back when you touch it. It will still look fairly moist on top. But if it’s super gooey, keep going.
  • Cook 20 seconds, then another 10 if not cooked. If it’s still gooey, go for another 10 second burst. You don’t want to overcook it, so air on the side of caution!
Vanilla Mug Cake

Make sure to cool before eating!

Here’s the other most important thing about this vanilla mug cake recipe. Make sure to cool it for 2 to 3 minutes before digging in. Why?

  • Cooling solidifies the texture. Take a bite too soon and it’s much too hot: the way that the microwave cooks it different from an oven. Don’t rush this part!
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, it’s solidified and still warm. Don’t worry: it will still be warm after a few minutes! Dig in and it has a beautifully fluffy, moist texture and sweet vanilla flavor.

Vanilla mug cake mix-ins!

The concept of vanilla mug cake is very loose: you can easily add mix-ins to customize it!

  • Dark chocolate chips: This is what we used! You can omit, but just 2 tablespoons chips makes a deliciously gooey texture.
  • Peanut butter: Add a dollop of peanut butter to the center of the batter.
  • Cookie dough: Add a ball of edible cookie dough to the center (room temp or frozen). Or try our chickpea cookie dough, a healthy-ish option.
  • Chocolate mint candies like Andes mints
Vanilla Mug Cake

Vanilla mug cake toppings

This vanilla mug cake is the ideal canvas for toppings of any kind! Make it as a birthday cake vanilla mug cake with sprinkles, or go for a fruity topping. Might we recommend this all-natural strawberry puree? It’s full of beautiful, pure berry flavor. Here are some of our other favorite toppings:

  1. Vanilla ice cream
  2. Homemade whipped cream: try classic or dairy free
  3. Strawberry sauce: try strawberry sauce or strawberry puree
  4. Raspberry sauce: opt for raspberry sauce or raspberry compote
  5. Fresh berries or cherries
  6. Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce

What would you add? Let us know in the comments below!

This mug cake recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free.

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Vanilla mug cake

Vanilla Mug Cake


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk (or non-dairy milk for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or neutral oil or coconut oil for vegan)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix: In an 8 or 12 ounce microwave-safe mug, mix dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla. Mix well, until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It is done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it; if it’s still gooey, try another 10 second burst. The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds.
  3. Cool: Important: wait for about 5 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or strawberry puree and serve warm.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Cake

Keywords: Vanilla mug cake

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The Ultimate Mug Cake

This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy. Got 5 minutes? Let’s make a mug cake! We’ll admit, we’re a little late to this trend. But count us as firm believers! This genius method for going from 0 to cake in just a few minutes is absolutely worth a try. This Chocolate Mug Cake recipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own! How to make a mug cake…in 5 minutes! The mug cake is a viral internet sensation: simply place a few ingredients into a mug and microwave it! It sounds like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. The cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, with a fudgy interior. In fact: we prefer it to a traditional cake that takes hours to make. Here are the basic steps to make this easy […]

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This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy.

Mug cake

Got 5 minutes? Let’s make a mug cake! We’ll admit, we’re a little late to this trend. But count us as firm believers! This genius method for going from 0 to cake in just a few minutes is absolutely worth a try. This Chocolate Mug Cake recipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own!

How to make a mug cake…in 5 minutes!

The mug cake is a viral internet sensation: simply place a few ingredients into a mug and microwave it! It sounds like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. The cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, with a fudgy interior. In fact: we prefer it to a traditional cake that takes hours to make. Here are the basic steps to make this easy mug cake:

  • Mix the dries, then stir in the wets. We designed our recipe so you have 2 tablespoons of all of the main ingredients. It makes it so easy to measure out!
  • Add mix-ins. Our base recipe uses chocolate chips. We have a few more ideas below!
  • Microwave for 1 minute, then about 20 seconds. The timing varies based on your microwave.
  • Important: cool it! It’s very, very important to cool your mug cake before digging in. Keep reading…
Mug cake recipe

Timing varies based on microwave

The timing for cooking a mug cake really varies based on the power of your microwave. Here’s how to make this easy mug cake recipe fit any microwave:

  • Cook 60 seconds on high, then check. It’s possible that your cake could be done now, if you have a high powered appliance.
  • When is it done? It looks cooked and spring back when you touch it. It will still look fairly moist on top. But if it’s super gooey, keep going.
  • Cook 20 seconds, then another 10 if not cooked. Ours works with 60 seconds and then another 30 seconds: but find right’s right for you!

Why is it important to cool a mug cake?

Here’s the other most important thing about a mug cake recipe. Make sure to cool it for 2 to 3 minutes before digging in. Why?

  • Cooling the mug cake solidifies the texture. Take a bite too soon and it tastes super hot and well, microwave-y (if that’s a word). Ever taken a bite of something right out of the microwave? Then you know what we mean. You can also burn your tongue if you’re not careful (I know from experience).
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, it’s solidified and still warm. Don’t worry: it will still be warm after a few minutes! It will be amazingly fudgy and delicious…we promise.
Chocolate mug cake

Secret to this chocolate mug cake: Dutch process cocoa powder!

The other secret to this chocolate mug cake recipe is our favorite ingredient for baking chocolaty sweets: Dutch process cocoa powder. This special type of cocoa powder is easy to find and results in the best chocolaty, fudgy desserts. What is it?

Don’t have or can’t find Dutch process cocoa powder? No problem: you can substitute regular cocoa powder! It still tastes incredibly delicious.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder

Mug cake mix-ins!

Another important thing to consider: how to customize your mug cake! The mix-ins in a mug cake recipe are important. They make the final texture and give you a little surprise on the inside! Here are a few ideas:

  • Dark chocolate chips: This is what we used! You can omit, but just 2 tablespoons chips makes a deliciously gooey texture.
  • Peanut butter: Add a dollop of peanut butter to the center of the batter.
  • Cookie dough: Add a ball of edible cookie dough to the center (room temp or frozen). Or try our chickpea cookie dough, a healthy-ish option.
  • Chocolate mint candies like Andes mints

Chocolate mug cake toppings

Last up: the topping! This chocolate mug cake is pretty rich, so you don’t really need the topping. But add a bit of melty vanilla ice cream and it’s heaven. The warm vs cold contrast is truly delightful! Here are a few more topping ideas:

How to make a mug cake

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

If you’re looking for a big treat, make this easy mug cake recipe for yourself and go crazy! But honestly, it’s so rich that I could barely finish it. Alex and I split one and it was perfect! So feel free to serve this up with your significant other and two spoons.

This mug cake recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy. 


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process /dark cocoa powder (or standard cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated or coconut)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (non-dairy as desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix: In a 12 ounce* microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the milk and oil. Add the chocolate chips and stir once.
  2. Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it (it will still appear moist but will be springy). The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds. 
  3. Cool: Important: wait for 2 to 3 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and serve warm. 

Notes

*It also works in an 8 ounce mug (shown in the photos), but it may spill a bit over the sides (hence the paper towel).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Cake

Keywords: Mug cake, Mug cake recipe, Chocolate mug cake, How to make a mug cake

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