28 Vanilla Mug Cake Recipes

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Need a vanilla mug cake recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth? These 28 tasty mug cakes are the answer. No oven required!

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If you want to know how to make a vanilla mug cake, these 28 easy vanilla mug cake recipes have you covered. Whether you want mug cake with cake mix, made from scratch, or a Keto vanilla mug cake that’s diet friendly, you can find it here. Mug cakes are so easy to make and perfect for when you’re craving cake, but don’t want anything to go to waste. You don’t even need an oven; just throw it in the microwave and enjoy deliciously moist cake for one in minutes.


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Expert Tips for Making a Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

  • Make It Your Own: There’s a whole world of toppings you can easily put onto any vanilla mug cake recipe, even if it’s not in the directions, so don’t be afraid to add something new. This makes making mug cakes a fun activity for the kids (or adults) as they pick their own special ingredients. Try chocolate chips, sprinkles or even marshmallows on top!
  • Mug Size: Make sure the mug you use to microwave your mug cake mix is big enough to hold the cake, if not you could end up with overflow in the microwave that you’ll have to clean up. If you’re unsure of which mug to use, go with the biggest one. This won’t effect the cake and ensures there will be no overflow.
  • Microwave Safety: Always double check that your mug of choice is microwave safe. You could end up losing a favorite mug to the heat if you don’t.
  • Cook Time: Depending on the wattage of your microwave, cooking times may vary.If you feel your microwave is too strong, try a little less cooking time to test it out first. If your cake is underdone (you can use a toothpick to test it) try putting it back in for small intervals of time until the toothpick is clean.

Vanilla Cake Mix in a Mug Recipes

Vanilla cake mix in a mug has quickly turned into a classic easy dessert, and it’s not hard to see why. These mug cakes are super easy and quick (most take under 10 minutes!). Plus, they use common ingredients most bakers, or sweet lovers will already have in their kitchen. They are the perfect go-to dessert or snack for one – sometimes I even make them for breakfast.

Vanilla mug cake with rainbow sprinkles and cool whip on top, in a white mug
Vanilla Mug Cake
A decadent treat that you can whip up with only a few ingredients and cook in under two minutes! Everyone will love this quick dessert – the cake cooks in the microwave for just about a minute, but it’ll taste just as delicious as a cake from a bakery!
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vanilla mug cake in a white mug with cool whip on top, with a spoon inside, on top of a blue cloth
Easy Vanilla Mug Cake
This easy vanilla mug cake is ready for you to enjoy in just 4 minutes, without premade cake mix!
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vanilla mug cake on a white plate with white icing and rainbow sprinkles on top, with a spoon on the side
Vanilla Mug Cake
Vanilla Mug Cake that's moist and fluffy or ooey gooey depending on your preference of baking time. The classic vanilla flavor + sprinkles makes for a delicious funfetti cake.
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vanilla mug cake with rainbow sprinkles, in a white mug with a spoon
Vanilla Mug Cake
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.
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Fluffy Vanilla Mug Cake
To make this quickie treat, whip up an easy batter in a mug, pop it in the microwave, and in less time than it takes Rihanna to perform “Birthday Cake,” you’ll have a glorious single-serve dessert.
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vanilla mug cake with chocolate sprinkles and fresh strawberry on top, surrounded by more strawberries and sprinkles on the side
Vanilla Mug Cake
Easy vanilla mug cake recipe is the perfect dessert! Enjoy this easy mug cake on your own or share it with a friend. Combine a few simple pantry staples in a mug, pop it in the microwave and then enjoy!
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vanilla mug cake with rainbow sprinkles in it, in a white mug, with pink icing on top
Vanilla Mug Cake
This easy vanilla mug cake is made in the microwave and ready in minutes! It’s moist, with a delicious vanilla flavor and tons of sprinkles.
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Vanilla Mug Cake
Made in less than 5 minutes from start to finish, this must be the quickest, most satisfying cake for one!
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Vanilla mug cake with rainbow sprinkles on top in a white mug
Vanilla Mug Cake
The kids (or you!) are clamoring for a sweet treat, but you don’t want to settle for store-bought cookies. The solution? This fun vanilla mug cake, ready in just minutes…
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Keto Vanilla Mug Cake Recipes

Keto vanilla mug cake… yes it’s real, and you can enjoy it guilt free. These vanilla mug cakes are made especially for Keto dieters who want to satisfy that sweet tooth, but stay on track. While the recipes are designed for the Keto diet, these are special treats the whole family will love as well.

vanilla mug cake with fresh blueberries, strawberries and blackberries on top
Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
If you find yourself longing for something sweet, this low carb Keto Vanilla Mug Cake saves the day. It’s tender, sweet, and can be made in under 5 minutes! 
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Easy Keto Paleo Vanilla Mug Cake
This easy vanilla mug cake recipe is ready in under 5 minutes! If you want a paleo mug cake that's simple, decadent, and delicious, give this keto vanilla mug cake a try.
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two mugs of vanilla mug cake with cool whip on top and green leaf garnishes, surrounded by almonds
Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
Mug cakes are also practical and mess-free and are usually ready in minutes. That's precisely the case with today's keto vanilla mug cake. It is done in less than ten minutes, but you'll be remembering and savoring it for days.
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Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
This keto vanilla mug cake is one of my favourite easy treats. It is like a single serve vanilla pound cake. Perfect for a spontaneous sugar free dessert straight out of the mug – or turn it out onto a plate!
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Easy Keto Vanilla Cake in a Mug
This keto Vanilla Cake in a Mug is made with coconut flour and sugar substitute, making it the perfect low-carb, sugar free alternative to regular cake.
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Keto vanilla mug cake in a pink tea cup with cool whip and a vanilla bean on top
Keto Vanilla Mug Cake with Almond Flour
This keto vanilla mug cake is a moist, single-serve almond flour mug cake, gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly.
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Easy Vanilla Keto Mug Cake
You are going to love this Keto Vanilla Mug Cake. It is seriously that good and even my family that is not doing Keto loved this low carb keto dessert. It is that delicious.
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keto vanilla mug cake on a white plate with fresh cut strawberries on top and the side
Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
This keto vanilla mug cake only has 3g in net carbs and 13g of protein. It's the perfect dessert dish to satisfy your cravings without breaking your keto diet.
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Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
This keto vanilla mug cake is good. I mean really good. I tested more than my fair share of mug cakes in creating a recipe that I thought was good enough. This is such a simple keto dessert recipe that is ready in just a few minutes.
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Easy Vanilla Mug Cake with Boxed Cake Mix

Easy vanilla mug cake gets even simpler. These vanilla mug cake recipes use boxed cake mix, so there’s even less time between you and your dessert, with the same delectable sweet taste. BONUS! Many of these recipes can be followed with any flavored cake mix you want, so you can keep coming back to these recipes again and again to make your own creation(s).

Close up vanilla mug cake in a white mug with pink icing and rainbow sprinkles on top
Mug Cake Recipe
A box cake mix, applesauce, water and your favorite toppings are all you need to make the easiest, single serving cake you will ever try! Simple ingredients but simply delicious!
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Cake Mix Mug Cake
This fluffy, moist Cake Mix Mug Cake bakes in the microwave and has all the decadence you want from a dessert in a single serving!
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vanilla mug cake in a white mug with cool whip and red sprinkles on top
1-2-3 Mug Cake
If you want an easy dessert you can make whenever you’re craving something sweet, this simple 1-2-3 mug cake recipe is the answer.
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various flavored mug cakes in white mugs, with a spoon in one
Cake Mix Mug Cake
Microwave cake in a cup, ready to enjoy in just one minute. Send the ingredients for this cake in a cup recipe for great care package single serve treats. Instantly satisfy sweet tooth cravings!
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vanilla mug cake in a clear glass mug with white icing and sprinkles on top
3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake
3-2-1 Microwave Mug Cake is made with only two main ingredients and water. It whips up in minutes and is the perfect single serving dessert!
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vanilla mug cake with rainbow sprinkles inside, in a white mug with a piece taken out on a spoon
Funfetti Mug Cake
Funfetti Mug Cake is a 2 ingredient, personal dessert made with your favorite mug and microwave. Make this mini funfetti cake in minutes!
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Other Tasty Mug Cakes to Try

Tasty mug cakes come in all different flavors and combinations, so why stop at vanilla? Here are just a few easy and great tasting mug cakes with unique flavors to try out, including a coffee cake flavor (totally a breakfast food).

golden brow honey mug cake with vanilla ice cream and honey drizzle on top
Honey Mug Cake
Just six simple ingredients are needed to make a sweet and delicious Honey Mug Cake. You can be enjoying this fantastic single-serve dessert in less than 5 minutes.
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Microwave Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Glaze
Who doesn’t love cake, with strawberries woven into it, and a bit of vanilla buttercream glaze added for good measure.
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Banana Bread Mug Cake in a Minute
If you like banana bread, cakes that take only about a minute to cook, and things that sound too good to be true, you're really going to enjoy this! Garnish with sliced banana, a dusting of cocoa, or shaved chocolate if you prefer.
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crumbly sweet coffee mug cake in a mug with a piece taken out on a spoon
10-Minute Coffee Cake Mug Cake
This microwave mug cake is a single-serve version of the beloved cake that comes together in just 10 minutes. It’s sweet, it’s spiced, and it’s even finished with that signature glaze.
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