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
    This was delicious! I used French vanilla coffee creamer in place of milk because I was out, and I put a dab of ice cream on top. Satisfied my sweet tooth!

  2. So I got a cute mug as a present the other day and thought, “This mug would be great for mug cakes.” Yours is the recipe that came up and I’m so glad I tried it! It’s also very versatile since it’s vanilla. I swapped the vanilla extract for pandan extract and used coconut milk and it was a delightful flavor explosion. I will absolutely make this again with ube extract and other types of flavors! I love that I don’t need an egg for this!

  3. 5 stars
    It was the best vanilla mug cake I’ve tried and I’ve tried a lot! I liked it because it wasn’t super sweet like so many mug cakes are. Instead of the sprinkles I used a few semisweet chocolate chips sprinkled on top. Cooked it for 70 min and it was perfect. Definitely will make it again.

  4. Hello Lauren, I made this cake and it was pretty tasty. I defrosted some mix berries and added a little sugar and it was awesome and filling! Thanks from the US Virgin Islands for this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing Rich vanilla cake definitely trying more of their recipes it makes for a perfect midnight snack delicious

  6. 5 stars
    This was very good. I think I may have over-cooked it slightly at 70 seconds but it was still quite tasty. I added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of sprinkles, as I don’t have them, and subbed half of the vanilla with butterscotch, because we both love butterscotch… Next time I’ll do just 60 seconds, but this recipe is the lightest, fluffiest mug cake I’ve had so far. Will make again, for sure.

  7. This was sooo good! I replaced the butter with veggie oil, which turned out even more fluffy than it was when I made it with butter! Would highly recommend for a midnight snack.

  8. 5 stars
    I followed your recipe as a base bjt altered it slightly by using a 1:1 ratio gluten free flour blend and adding a crushed oreo as a mix in. The recipe was very easy to make and it only took me a few moments. I only needed 70 seconds on my microwave, it came out perfect. Thanks so much for the recipe, I have already bookmarked it to use again in the future!

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