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Vanilla Mug Cake

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 6.5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


A super quick and easy vanilla mug cake. Just 90 seconds in the microwave and you’ll have a spongey sweet cake which is perfect for topping with whipped cream, fruit, chocolate chips or anything else you can think up! 

The default recipe makes one cake


  • 4 tbsp plain / all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp milk (low fat or full fat)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Mix together the flour and milk in the mug and stir until fully combined. 
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients to the mug and stir together until you have a consistent texture and none of the oil remains on top of the mixture. 
  • Place in the microwave for 90 seconds, or until it is spongey all the way through and no doughy patches remain. 
  • Serve with whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips or fruit and fresh sprigs of mint! 


  1. You can substitute the oil for any flavourless oil
  2. Different microwaves may need slightly different cooking times
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1.5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 525
  • Fat: 24g
  • Carbohydrates: 69g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: cake, dessert, snack, mug, vanilla, indulgent, comfort food, microwave