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Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

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This fluffy vanilla mug cake recipe is a yummy treat that is made just for you any time you are looking for a little something sweet.
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  1. Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This easy microwave vanilla mug cake is an individual-size sweet treat that will hit the spot. You will love the classic vanilla flavor of this delicious moist cake that’s baked right in a mug for the ultimate snack.

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Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons colorful sprinkles

PRO TIP:

FLOUR: If you do not have self-rising flour, you can use 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder in this recipe for vanilla mug cake.

BUTTER: You can substitute vegetable oil for melted butter in this yummy cake recipe.

SPRINKLES: You can substitute any sprinkles in this mug vanilla cake, especially around different holidays.

TOPPINGS: Add chocolate chips on top of this delicious treat for an extra fun chocolatey twist. 

How to Make This Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

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Double the recipe to share this rich cake with a friend. Microwave cakes one at a time if you are making more than one.

STEP ONE: Add the flour and granulated sugar to a microwave-safe large mug. Whisk together to combine the flour and sugar.

PRO TIP:

Using a wider and shorter cup works best and makes it easier to scoop out your cake.

flour and sugar whisked in a mug

STEP TWO: Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the cup to combine thoroughly.

milk, melted butter, and vanilla stirred in a mug

STEP THREE: Fold in the sprinkles.

sprinkles folded with the milk mixture in a mug

STEP FOUR: Microwave the mug cake for 1 minute 20 seconds (depending on your microwave, you may need to add an extra 5 seconds). Allow the cake to rest for 20 to 30 seconds.

PRO TIP:

Keep a close eye on the cake while it’s in the microwave and cook it until the center is just set.

Vanilla Mug Cake in a mug

How To Serve

Enjoy this delicious single serving dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top for an after-school snack or a snack before bed. It’s a great way to enjoy a treat without making a full cake.

Our chocolate mug cake recipe is a similar recipe that is perfect for all the chocoholics out there while our vanilla brownies are a delightful way to enjoy this classic flavor.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE/FREEZER: This easy dessert does not reheat well, so we don’t recommend trying to store leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

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This perfect dessert will satisfy any sweet tooth with only a handful of simple ingredients. Our mug cake is one of the fastest and easiest cake recipes to make and only requires the mug you cook it in, meaning zero clean up. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this easy mug cake recipe?

This decadent dessert does not reheat well, and we don’t recommend trying to store it in the fridge or freezer for any length of time.

What size of mug should I use for this vanilla cake in a mug recipe?

A 12-ounce microwave-safe mug is just the right size for this great recipe.

How long should I cook this simple mug cake?

The cooking time will depend on the wattage of your microwave, but we find a cooking time of somewhere between 70 to 75 seconds is about right for your single serving cake. Keep an eye on your cake near the end of cooking, and watch for the center to be just set. Don’t overcook it, or you will end up with a dry cake.

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This fluffy vanilla mug cake recipe is a yummy treat that is made just for you any time you are looking for a little something sweet.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • tablespoons colorful sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour and granulated sugar to the microwave-safe mug. Whisk together to combine the flour and sugar.
  • Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the cup to thoroughly combine.
  • Fold in the sprinkles.
  • Microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds (depending on your microwave, you may need to add an extra 5 seconds). Allow the cake to rest for 20 to 30 seconds.

Notes

  • Double the recipe to share this rich cake with a friend. Microwave cakes one at a time if you are making more than one.
  • Using a wider and shorter cup works best and makes it easier to scoop out your cake.
  • Keep a close eye on the cake while it’s in the microwave and cook it until the center is just set.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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