Easy Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

A spoon scooping vanilla cake out of a mug

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This Vanilla Mug Cake recipe only take a few minutes to put together. Mix the ingredients in a mug, microwave it, then top with ice cream and whipped cream!


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons milk (regular milk from a cow, soy milk or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive oil or canola oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want it to be, I use 1 ½) 
  • 4 ½ tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


In a microwave safe mug combine the egg yolk, milk, oil, vanilla extract and sugar. Mix well.

Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well until there are no large lumps or dry mixture.

Microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds to 1 min 45 seconds. Microwave time will depend upon your microwave. Mine cooks a mug cake in 1 min 45 seconds.

The cake is done when it is firm to the touch and springs back slightly if you press it with your finger.


For a snickerdoodle mug cake: Add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon along with the dry ingredients.

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