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. Have any one of you made this in to layers cake or sheet pan cake size? If allowed, post recipe used for this to share with all here.

  2. 5 stars
    Great recipe that was easy to adapt! I substituted olive oil for butter, used nondairy milk, only 1 tbsp of sugar and added blueberries. Delicious!

  3. I was skeptical at first, but it turned out really well! The texture is like actual cake and it satisfies your sweet craving.

  4. 5 stars
    Yummy. I have tried a couple other mug cake recipes they all failed, either they baked out weird or tasted nasty. But this is the first mug cake recipe I came across that taste amazing and came out perfect. 10/10 I would definitely recommend and make again!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I triples this for a square dish cake.
    Damn good!
    I made it with a lemon cream cheese icong.
    Light and just the right amount of sweet we were crqving

  6. 4 stars
    Thanks for the clear instructions. I changed the recipe up a bit , for example I used 2 tbsp grape seed oil instead of butter and it came out spectacular. Your tip about leaving it for one minute in the closed microwave once the time is up is key. I gave it 4 stars because I made a few other changes and therefore really tested more of just the method. Such as using self rising flour and using one tablespoon powdered sugar and replacing the other tablespoon with ground almonds and then using a few drops of lemon extract and water in place of the vanilla.

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