Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two (Microwave) | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two (Microwave)

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, this recipe for Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two is an easy sweet treat for your sweetie! Moist and flavorful vanilla cake for two is made in mugs right in your microwave! It's one of the easiest treats you'll ever make from scratch!

Vanilla Cake in a Mug (for Two) with whipped topping and a gummy heart in a red mug

Hubby is a huge vanilla fan.


I'm more of a chocolate girl.

Now that we're empty nesters, making a whole cake of one flavor, that only one of us will eat, seems silly.

That's why we love this recipe for this super easy to make Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two!

Vanilla Cake in a Mug (for Two) with whipped topping on a spoon ready to eat

I'm the first to admit, I am a bit picky about the texture of my cakes. I like them moist and tender...and well, I've never been much of a fan of cakes "baked" in the microwave. But, I have to tell you, this recipe really works! While it's not exactly like cakes baked in the oven, it's a good likeness. And, I will say, it's the best vanilla mug cake from a microwave I've eaten!

This easy microwave cake recipe is an adaptation of the recipe I used to make Red Velvet Mug Cakes for Easy Red Velvet Pudding Cups. I really loved how the Red Velvet Mug Cakes came out, so I thought it might be a good base recipe for a vanilla cake in a mug. And you know what? I was right! 

Digging into Vanilla Cake in a red Mug (for Two) with a spoon

Microwave mug cakes are popular right now! I was surprised at how many mixes I saw at the grocery store the other day. But of all the flavors I saw, can you believe not one was vanilla? Plus, microwave mug cakes are so easy to make you simply do not need to buy a mix to make them!

My recipe for this microwave mug cake for two does call for self rising flour and buttermilk, because I really believe these two ingredients help make this recipe successful. But, you could make your own self rising flour and substitute buttermilk for plain milk (I'd go with 2%) if you wish.

Two Vanilla Cake in a Mug on a blue and white checked cloth with whipped topping and gummy hearts

I topped these lovely Vanilla Cakes in a Mug with whipped topping and, since it's so close to Valentine's Day, a cute little gummy heart.

Who will you surprise with a sweet Vanilla Cake in a Mug?

Tips for making Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two

  • Spray the mugs well with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Divide the batter up as evenly as possible.
  • Microwave on HIGH.
  • Use fresh ingredients, especially the self rising flour! 
  • Make Funfetti Mug Cake by adding a TBSP of colored jimmies (sprinkles) to the batter before microwaving
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Yield: 2 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two

Vanilla Cake in a Mug for Two

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 8 Min
Quick and easy moist vanilla cake made in a mug in your microwave.


  • 1 large egg
  • 3 TBSP canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 TBSP low fat buttermilk (or low fat milk)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • Whipped topping, optional


  1. Spray large ceramic microwave safe mugs (make sure they are at least 12 oz in size) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl or 4 cup glass measure, whisk together the egg and oil.
  3. Whisk in milk, vanilla, and sugar.
  4. Add flour and whisk until batter is smooth.
  5. Pour equally, into prepared mugs.
  6. Microwave them one at a time for 1 1/2 minutes on HIGH.
  7. Test the cake to see if it springs back, if not, put in the microwave for 10 more seconds.
  8. Repeat with second mug.
  9. Allow cakes to cool completely. Serve with whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

23.66 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.34 g

Cholesterol (grams)

93.95 mg

Carbs (grams)

38.56 g

Fiber (grams)

0.38 g

Sugar (grams)

27.24 g

Net carbs

38.18 g

Protein (grams)

5.84 g

Sodium (milligrams)

71.37 mg
Nutritional Information is an estimate.
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