Easy Vanilla Mug Cake

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake – Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is moist, delicious and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is moist, delicious and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

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So, eating healthier and getting in shape are part of my 2016 goals. . .mine and a bazillion other people’s no doubt. It has to be the reason I’m craving sweetness now more than ever. You always want what you can’t or shouldn’t have, right? Well, to satisfy my sweet tooth but keep the portion size in check, I made this yummy and easy Vanilla Mug Cake.

This little cake is moist, delicious and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness! Pretty smart, right?

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

I’ve never really “trusted” mug cakes. I’ve had many that turned out dry and tasteless. It took a little experimenting until I achieved the sweetness I was looking for. And in my opinion, cake isn’t really cake if you eat it out of a mug. Cake out of a mason jar, now that’s a different story. You can “see” through a mason jar so it can still be “pretty.” You following me?

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

So, this is usually my hot chocolate mug from which I drink the most wonderful hot chocolate in the world. Alright, so I’m a little biased, but you can’t get much better than ice cream AND white chocolate. Oh, man. I need to make more of that this winter. . .

What were we talking about again? Oh yes. This mug cake. . .

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

All it takes is 90 seconds in the microwave, and you’ll have a little “mug” o’ heaven. Classic vanilla cake is just the best. In fact, vanilla truly IS our favorite cake flavor here in the house.

One of the most important tips I can offer if you’re going to make this cake is to make sure that your mug is at least 14 ounces or it may “bubble” over while baking in the microwave. Watch that mug closely!! If you use a big enough mug there’s nothing to worry about. My cake took up about 3/4 of the cup, which was perfect.

I made sure to spray the mug generously with cooking spray before adding the batter and baking it. That way, when it was done, I just ran a butter knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the mug and flipped it over!

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

Here’s the disclaimer. This is not about perfection. It may not look “perfect” when you flip it out of the mug. But in my opinion, it looks much prettier out of the mug than in it. Top it with some sprinkles and you’ll begin to fall in love.

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

Add some sweet icing, and you’ll forget the cake was ever even in a mug. What mug? See.

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

I let the icing soak in a little bit while I filled a glass of milk. . .AND. . .put a few more sprinkles on top.

Easy Vanilla Mug Cake - Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is delicious, moist and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!

Just look at how moist this is. Drag the cake right through that little pool of icing. Holy moly. Seriously now. Promise me you’ll try this. Believe it or not, the cake is fairly sweet without the icing. If you wanted to switch out the icing for some whipped cream, you could do that, too. Heck, next time I may add some sprinkles to the actual cake batter!

So, yeah. There you have it. An easy vanilla mug cake perfect for one. . .or two, if you really wanted to share. But when it comes to cake is that even a consideration? I’m going to go and grab an extra mug just to be safe. I’ll make you your own. Do you have 90 seconds to spare? After that, we’ll do PiYo in my basement. You in?

4.9 from 24 reviews
Easy Vanilla Mug Cake
 
 
Ready in 90 seconds! This mug cake is moist, delicious and topped with a lovely vanilla icing that soaks into the cake and infuses it with sweetness!
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
For the Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter. softened
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour into greased mug (at least 16 ounces).
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds (or 90 seconds).
For the Icing
  1. Mix all ingredients together and drizzle over cake either inside the mug or pop cake out of mug onto plate.
Notes
For thicker icing, add more sugar. For thinner icing, add a bit more milk.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

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Comments

  1. Wow I like the look of that cakesounds pretty easy to make as wwell

  2. This is the best mug cake recipe ever! It was moist, light and fluffy. I add sprinkles to the batter before microwaving and it made the perfect confetti cake. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very yummy, I would probably add a little more vanilla extract or sugar next time, but with the chocolate icing I put on myne it tasted very good and is fluffy!

  4. I’ve been googling mug cake recipes for months and every one I’ve tried is too buttery or gross. This is the first recipe I’ve used that was successful. Thank you for posting. I will definitely use it again. 🙂

  5. Made this tonight after roast pork and served with icecream and stewed apple it was fantastic! Quite a large serve though ☺ very fluffy and light. Love the idea above to add sprinkles to batter my kids would love that!

  6. I LOVE this recipe! I added lemon juice and zest to the cake and the icing.

  7. I absolutley love this mug cake. It is much better than the other mug cakes I have tried. To make it vegan, instead of using regular butter, I used vegan butter! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Oh my! I’d given up on mug cake recipes and went looking for one on impulse….love yours. It’s delicious. I will be making it again. 🙂

  9. I make mug cakes a lot but decided to try a new recipe tonight and came across this one. It’s definitely the best one I’ve made as agreed upon by both me and my partner. (And no I didn’t dare share mine with him, we doubled the recipe 🙂 )

    • I’m so glad that you loved the recipe, Marina! From all the comments about other recipes, I think I’m sticking to this one, too! 😉

  10. Mijanielle says:

    Best mug cake I have eaten it is not all mushy at all I typically do not home made cakes so, this was saying a lot that I enjoyed this it was moist, sweet, and flavorful. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  11. Couldn’t find vanilla extract but it still tastes amazing!

  12. karimina says:

    The cake was so delicious and fluffy! It’s perfect! However, when i made the icing, the margarine ( i used margarine) doesnt want to mix with the milk and sugar. Is it because i used margarine instead of butter?

    • Karimina, try softening the margarine or butter in the microwave next time to the point of melting. That may help it mix better next time. So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  13. hi! i love this mug cake! but may i ask, what is the watt of your microwave? thanks! 😊

  14. I’ve tried so many vanilla mug cake recipes, and trust me, this is the best one I’ve tried. I normally don’t comment on things but I just felt compelled to for this one. Definitely going to keep using this in the future, thank you so much!!

  15. This is really good and I’m so glad I tried it. I had made chocolate sauce for ice cream but didn’t realize we were all out of ice cream. I wanted something quick to pour my sauce over and this was perfect. Thank you.

  16. I love this Mug cake but I was wondering, what would be measurements for this cake if I would make it like a regular size cake??

  17. Stephanie says:

    My first mug cake, and it was delicious! I used coconut sugar so it came out brown but still delicious. I also used coconut oil instead of butter because I was out of butter. I think it still came out just fine. Craving satisfied!

  18. For something so absolutely delicious, it is so simple to do! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  19. I had a hankering for dessert tonight and this totally hit the spot. Thanks so much! I skipped the icing and threw some ice cream and a couple strawberries on top.

  20. I made this for breakfast (how is it worse than pancakes or donuts? I asked myself as I tried to justify cake for breakfast) and topped it with strawberry jelly and half a handful of mini chocolate chips. Fantastic!

  21. Not a success. Followed every ingredient and step exactly, and still came out terrible. Looked like something you’d get in a school cafeteria, and tasted like floury, slightly sweet play-doh. Had the texture of modeling clay.

    • Oh no, I’m so disappointed to hear that. I haven’t had any of my readers have this problem and I’ve never had this problem myself. It almost sounds like it either wasn’t cooked long enough or there was too much liquid in your mug? Not sure but I would love for you to try it again sometime – maybe in a different mug or microwave? So sorry you didn’t enjoy it. 🙁

      • I had the same trouble. Ingredients are spot on, maybe my mug was too big? Came out a complete and total greasy looking blob of what looks like corn bread. I’m gonna try a different mug that’s not soo large.

  22. I loved this recipe it was the best mug cake ever and instead of using powdered sugar I used one tablespoon of regular sugar and used cold butter put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and poured it over the cake and it tasted heavenly

  23. Best cake mug recipe ever!!! Even my dad liked it and he doesn’t like sweet things 🙂

  24. This was delicious!! I only used 2 tbsp sugar for the cake and for the frosting, skipped the butter and drizzled the “fondant” over the cake and let it sink in. Yum!! I also softened the butter for the cake in the microwave in the mug I was going to use and therefore was able to eliminate to cooking spray! This is a keeper and perfect for me as it limits my portion size and prevents me from eating an entire cake. 😊

  25. Hi I was just wondering what kind of flour you used? Is all purpose flour okay?

  26. Saffron Maxwell says:

    Thus by far the best mug cake I have ever made. Most recipes call for an egg and it makeseems the cake heavy and eggy. This is light and delicious. Thank you so much

  27. I’ve tried a few different mug cake recipes and this one is the by far best! The only change I made was I used coconut oil instead of butter. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thank you! 🙂

  28. I just broke up with my boyfriend and decided to make this cake. I love the recipe and it made me so happy making and eating this cake!

  29. Best mug cake ever!

  30. Anonymous says:

    What type of flour is used? I’m not quite sure wheather to use all purpose flour or plain flour.

  31. Gluten Free Version – just substitite flour for gluten free all purpose flour. The cake tastes like warm sugar cookie dough. A little sweet for me but my daughter LOVED it! I have tried MANY mug cakes & she usually rolls her eyes when I aanounce I have tried a new mug cake recipe but this time their was not a crumb left. THANK YOU!

  32. I didn’t have any milk or normal milk substitutes so I tried using 4Tbsp of sweetened condensed milk + 1 Tbsp water, and it was a gooey disaster. Cant wait to go to the store and pick up some milk and try this right!
    Just don’t try doing what I did…it doesn’t work and is really a pain to clean up!

    • Oh no! When you get your hands on that milk, let me know how you like the recipe! I can guarantee it will be better than what it was with sweetened condensed milk!!

  33. I LOVED this recipe. I really needed a pick me up and it was perfect!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  34. WOW WOW WOW. This mug cake is the bomb dot com. Super easy to make with ingredients that even a college student like me can source at 1:30 in the morning on a Monday night. I added a spoonful of nutella after 30 seconds in the microwave, hoping it would sink about halfway while cooking, but the cake was cooked in 60 seconds for me and the nutella just melted a bit and spread on the top. Oh well, every spoil is a style. This was honestly so good I’m craving another one but it was just the right size and sweetness I don’t think I could handle two.

    • Michelle, so happy you’ve found a midnight snack you love! Make sure to share the recipe with your friends and roommates! I think they’ll love it, too! The Nutella sounds heavenly!

  35. Mine turned out perfect. It’s delicious. Thank you! Love from Malaysia.

  36. Recipe turned out just how I wanted it too!! Super fluffy and delicious. I made a simpler icing by using 1/3 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. Made the cake even better than it already was.

  37. Wtf, this mug cake is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted from a microwave. Major props, I might make this instead of baking regular cakes now.

  38. I didn’t have normal powdered sugar so I had to use cinnamon powdered sugar and it turned out so good. It almost tasted like a cinnamon bun❤️❤️.

  39. Christina M. says:

    This was perfect! I’ve tried several mug recipes and have been disappointed with each one until this one. This hit the spot and tasted so good!

  40. Loved it but it looked so good husband stole half next time need to make two

  41. I whipped this up last night for a personal sized quick dessert. I added some fresh raspberrys and a handful of white chocolate chips before popping into the microwave. Seriously best mug cake I have ever had! My hubby stole half of it. I will certainly be making it again!

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