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Mug Cakes & Meals

How to Make the Best Mug Cake Recipes & More!

As a professional chef and baker, you may not think a microwave mug cake recipe would be on my menu, but what I call “microbaking” is the real deal. I have 100+ mug meals, including the best Chocolate Mug Cake recipe you’ll ever enjoy, a delicious Vanilla Mug Cake for any occasion, my world famous Mug Pizza recipe, and my Brownie in a Mug that is the perfect single-serving treat for you to enjoy.

Top Mug Cake Recipe & Mug Meal Secrets:

  • How long should I cook my Mug Cake or Meal? Check the wattage (power) on your microwave to determine your exact cook time. My microwave heats at 1200 watts so your mug recipes may take a little more or less time.
  • Can you overcook a Mug Cake? Does your mug cake smell or taste like egg or is it rubbery? It shouldn’t be! This means you overcooked your mug recipe. Cook it for the time on each recipe, check on it and you can always cook it longer.
  • Are there Egg Substitutes for a Mug Cake or Meal? YES! I have an egg substitute chart you can use to enjoy mug cakes egg free!
  • What kind of chocolate should you use in a Chocolate Mug Cake recipe? Always use good quality chocolate including unsweetened cocoa powder (not hot chocolate powder because it has loads of unnecessary sugar) to get the best flavor.


Gemma's Best-Ever Vanilla Mug Cake

4.59 from 1596 votes
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.
Servings: 1 serving
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total 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.
Servings: 1 serving


  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flavorless oil (sunflower, vegetable or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Funfetti sprinkles


  • 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!

Recipe Notes

Cocoa is an acid ingredient - if you find it too strong adding a pinch of bicarbonate of soda will mellow it out or - reduce the amount of cocoa
Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. 
Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t overflow or overcook
Nutritional value: The calories are high due to sugar and oil. To lower these you can use more natural sugars and oil like coconut.
Nutrition Facts
1 Minute Microwave Brownie In A Mug Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 RECIPE)
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Sodium 15mg1%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Us

Meet Gemma

About Us

Meet Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, and I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere!

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