Mug Cakes & Meals Gemma’s Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake 4.59 from 1642 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Jump To Video Save Recipe My Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is the king of mug cakes — classic vanilla flavor, loads of sprinkles, and made entirely in less than 5 minutes. By Gemma Stafford | May 15, 2020 | 1105 Last updated on November 23, 2022 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! This great recipe is very near and dear to my heart. I originally posted my vanilla mug cake recipe to celebrate hitting over 1 million subscribers on YouTube! That’s where Bold Baking started, and then the fans (that’s you, Bold Bakers!) helped us create the #1 baking destination with BiggerBolderBaking.com — and you’ve stuck with Kevin and me through it all! And now I have over 100 mug cakes and meal recipes to share with you! Bake anytime, anywhere. That’s my motto and what I’d love to give everyone the confidence to do. My Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake, decked out with sprinkles, is a perfect example of one of my easiest (and, more importantly, delicious) recipes that take that motto to the fullest extent. People from Ireland are well known to say, “Go raibh míle maith agaibh.” It means, “Thanks a million.” I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to say it enough to all of you. What Is A Microwave Mug Cake? Mug cakes are simply cakes you can make in a mug! Basically a cake in a cup, right? No. That’s not all they are. Not only can they be made super quickly with small amounts of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, but they’re a single-serving elevated cake because they steam in the microwave — instead of drying out in the oven. They’re a perfect treat without having to make a full batch or a delicious sneaky snack in the middle of the night. Just a few ingredients, in just a few minutes, and all for you. NEW: If you’re looking for something bigger, try my new Cake Bowl recipe! Choosing The Right Vanilla Extract Any vanilla extract you may have will certainly work in this recipe, but to bring it to the next level I highly suggest making your own (and EASY) DIY vanilla extract! It lasts forever, tastes amazing, and couldn’t be easier to make. [ Looking for Mug Recipes? You’re in the right place! I have 100+ perfected Mug Meals & Mug Desserts for anything you’d like. ] What You Need To Make A Vanilla Mug Cake Mixing bowls? Cake pans? A sifter? Get out of here! You just need three M’s to make a delicious, quick vanilla mug cake: Mug Measuring spoons (you don’t even need measuring cups!) Microwave Then you’ll be “Mmm’ing” throughout your kitchen. How To Make A Vanilla Mug Cake Making a vanilla mug cake is so simple, and only takes 4 steps. Here’s how easy it is (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): In a mug, you can use in the microwave, whisk together the dry ingredients — flour, sugar, and baking powder. Combine milk, oil, and vanilla into the mug. Stir in sprinkles! Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute until firm to the touch. Top with some frosting, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream, and enjoy! If you need inspiration, here is my Best-Ever Buttercream Frosting, homemade Whipped Cream with a Mason Jar, and even my Homemade Ice Cream Recipe with Only 2 Ingredients! Gemma’s Pro Tips To Making Mug Cakes Don’t overmix your batter! It will be tempting, but just mix until all ingredients are combined. Otherwise, you’ll have a tough cake. Don’t over-microwave! When you microwave on high, check after 45 seconds and add more time if necessary. No microwave but still in the mood for a quick cake? You can bake this recipe at 350 °F (180°C) for around 10 minutes — just make sure your mug is rated for that temperature. Your mug should NOT have any metal or metallic paint. I’m sure there are plenty of YouTube videos (not on our channel!) that show why this would be a terrible idea. How To Prepare A Vanilla Mug Cake In Advance My vanilla mug cake should be eaten straight away, but you can mix up a batter of this recipe and keep it in the fridge for 48 hours, and microwave it whenever inspiration hits. I love this recipe. It’s quick, it’s delicious, and the kids can get involved (and even make one of their own if they want a snack and you have a Zoom meeting)! There’s honestly no better way to treat yourself than this vanilla and sprinkle mug cake — even if you just need a delicious pick-me-up! Also, just so you know: the sprinkles are not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Get More Microwave Mug Desserts! Best-Ever Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe Microwave Jelly Donut in a Mug (Mugnut!) 1-Minute Microwave Mug Brownie Microwave Mug Pecan Pie And don’t forget to check out my over 100+ other mug desserts and meals I’ve created. Want more easy recipes? Check out my new cookbook, Bigger Bolder Baking Every Day, for 125+ simple and delicious recipes to bake through a busy week. Full (and printable) recipe below! More Mug Desserts! Gemma's Best-Ever Chocolate Mug Cake1 Minute Microwave Brownie In A Mug1 Minute Microwave Rainbow Mug CakeMicrowave Jelly Donut in a Mug: Mugnut1 Minute Microwave Funfetti Mug Cake1 Minute Microwave Cheesecakes Watch The Recipe Video! Play Gemma's Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake 4.59 from 1642 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is the epitome of mug cakes — classic vanilla flavor, loads of sprinkles, and made entirely in less than 5 minutes. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 1 serving Dessert Egg-Free Vanilla Sprinkles Single Serving Less than 30 Minutes Mug Prep Time 4 minsCook Time 1 minTotal Time 5 mins My Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake recipe is the epitome of mug cakes — classic vanilla flavor, loads of sprinkles, and made entirely in less than 5 minutes. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 1 serving Ingredients 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon baking powder4 tablespoons milk (or dairy-free milk)1 1/2 tablespoons flavorless oil (sunflower, vegetable or coconut oil)1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon Funfetti sprinkles Instructions In a microwavable mug whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla and mix until just combined. Stir in the sprinkles.Microwave for roughly 45 seconds - 1 minute, or until firm to the touch (timing is based on my microwave which is 1200 Watts so your timing may vary).Serve warm with frosting, ice cream or cream. Enjoy! Play Recipe Notes Nutrition Facts Gemma's Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake Amount Per Serving (1 Mug Cake) Calories 483 Calories from Fat 232 % Daily Value* Fat 25.8g40%Saturated Fat 3.8g24%Polyunsaturated Fat 13.5gMonounsaturated Fat 4.9gCholesterol 5mg2%Sodium 276.6mg12%Potassium 101mg3%Carbohydrates 59.8g20%Fiber 1g4%Sugar 34.1g38%Protein 5g10% Vitamin A 125IU3%Vitamin C 0.6mg1%Calcium 210mg21%Iron 0.27mg2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.