An easy microwave Vanilla Mug Cake (made without eggs) that’s the fastest way to make dessert for one or two. Enjoy it plain, add nutella, or stir in a handful of chocolate chips and you’re on your way to dessert bliss.

After I created my Chocolate Mug Cake recipe, I realized that nothing beats a cake you can prep in 1 minute, bake in 1 minute, and enjoy without having leftovers for days.  Check out all my dessert recipes for more inspiration.

Vanilla cake with sprinkles cooked inside a white mug, with a spoon in it and sprinkles on the board around it.

Vanilla Mug Cake

Some people may think I’m exaggerating when I say that Mug Cakes changed my life, but seriously, we’re talking about a personalized serving of delicious cake, made in just about 5 minutes!

If you think it’s too good to be true then I challenge you to give it a try! And, if chocolate is more your thing, then try my chocolate mug cake instead! If you love cake and baked goods like I do then I’m telling you, your sweet tooth cravings have met their match!

Here’s what you’ll need to make vanilla mug cake:

  • all-purpose flour: cake flour also works.
  • white sugar
  • baking powder
  • dash salt
  • butter
  • milk: any kind will work. 
  • vanilla
  • sprinkles

Vanilla Mug Cake in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Add the dry ingredients to a microwave safe mug; flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Stir in the wet ingredients: milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Add sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Microwave for 70-90 seconds.

A white mug with flour, baking powder and sugar in it, next to another photo of the mug with vanilla cake batter and sprinkles in it.

For healthier mug cake, make these swaps:

  • Milk: substitute skim milk
  • Sugar: Cut the amount in half, or substitute an artificial sugar sweetener or honey.  You could also leave out the sprinkles.
  • Butter: replace with applesauce, or coconut oil
  • Flour: use white whole wheat flour

A mug with baked vanilla cake in it and sprinkles.

Additional add-in ideas:

  • Small scoop of Nutella
  • chocolate chips (or other flavored chips)
  • Small scoop of peanut butter
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Cinnamon

Can you make mug cakes dairy free?

You bet! For dairy free mug cake, substitute almond or soy milk and use dairy-free butter or coconut oil.

Looking for more delicious Dessert Recipes?  Some of my favorites include:




Vanilla cake with sprinkles cooked inside a white mug, with a spoon in it and sprinkles on the board around it.
Prep 3 minutes
Cook 2 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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  • Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to a mug and stir together.
  • Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract until smooth, being sure to scrape the bottom of the mug. Stir in sprinkles.
  • Cook in microwave for 70-90 seconds* (until cake is just set, but still barely shiny on top). Allow to rest in microwave for 1 minute before consuming.


*Because all microwaves are different, it's difficult to give a precise cook time. Start with 70 seconds, wait 1 minute while it cools, then look to see if it is set. Add an additional 15-25 seconds if needed. Allow it to rest in the microwave for 1 minute.
• The trick with mug cakes is to stop cooking the cake earlier than you think, because you want it to be soft on the inside, and the cake will also continue to cook as it cools.


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 5gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 223mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 700IUCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I feel like some of the other commentators didn’t follow the directions properly because mine turned out delicious. I followed it exactly as written above. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Thought I would do a test cake before making this for my husband’s birthday. I hate to buy a whole cake for a day & throw the rest away. We really don’t have cake too often so this little cake is perfect. Flavorful & hassle free. Your instructions were clear & precise too.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was the BOMB!!! I followed the recipe as written but also added a splash of Almond extract. It smelled so good while it was cooking. I waited for 2 mins after it was done. Probably should have waited longer because it was still a bit hot but so moist and very delicious was tempted to make another one…but controlled my urge. This is definitely a keeper.

  4. 2 stars
    The texture was pretty great and moist but the flavor was just..raw flour. Like..I was so desperate for a piece of cake that I tried this out and ended up scraping it into the trash.

    1. womp womp you certainly don’t know how to bake because mine turned out amazing and it is one of my favorite desserts.

  5. 4 stars
    Very tasty and easy! Super convenient for someone without a lot of ingredients in my home. 😊 Though it was a bit dry, but that’s happened with another mug cake I made. This time I didn’t have any Reddi Whip to moisten it. Regardless, it hit the spot! I’ll most likely make again, and it’ll be better next time because I’ll remember to mix it better at the bottom haha 😆

  6. I love this recipe and it worked so well for my family and I loved it this is a great recipe,#slay the recipe

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