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Vanilla Mug Cake with whipped cream and sprinkles with a portion taken out

This vanilla mug cake is so easy to make that it will be a must for a sweet solution!

With this recipe, prepared in the microwave, in a few minutes you get a soft and light cake, perfect for a last minute treat!

Vanilla Mug Cake with Whipped Cream and Sprinkles with a Portion Removed
  • The cup cakes are at single dose for those who want a little treat without having to prepare (or eat!) an entire cake.
  • Children I love making my own cake for parties and sleepovers! Offer small bowls of fun mix-ins and toppings.
  • Cleaning is a breeze! Just a cup and a fork to use less dishes.
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Ingredients for the vanilla mug cake

Dry ingredients: All-purpose flour, cornstarch and baking powder are added to get the right consistency, structure and flavor.

Wet ingredients: The sugar and butter add a moist, sweet flavor and the milk adds creaminess. For the best vanilla flavor, use pure vanilla extract, Mexican vanilla extract, or vanilla paste.

Additional components: Anything can be mixed into a mug cake! We like chocolate chips or peanut butter, crushed cookies or caramel pieces, chopped nuts and coconut as mix-ins.

Seasonings: Top the vanilla mug cakes with sprinkles, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream or even homemade granola. Or try a spoonful of frosting.

How to make vanilla mug cake

  1. Mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder in a small bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in the cup in the microwave and then add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones until you get a smooth mixture.
  4. Bake the cake as directed (recipe below). Let the cake rest before serving.

For best results, use this conversion chart to determine the amount of time it takes to “cook” your mug cakes in the microwave. This can vary a bit depending on the shape of the mug and the brand of microwave, so it may take a while to experiment!

  • 1200 watts: 55 to 60 seconds
  • 1100 watts: 60 to 65 seconds
  • 1000 watts: 65 to 75 seconds
  • 900 watts: 75 to 85 seconds
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Tips and tricks

  • Choose a microwave-safe, heat-resistant mug that holds at least 12 ounces. Use measuring cups to measure 12 ounces and pour it into the mug to see if the cake will fit once baked.
  • There is no need to use the pan release in this recipe!
  • Cover leftover mug cakes with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Enjoy leftover vanilla cake chilled or reheated in the microwave in 30-second increments.

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Vanilla mug cake with whipped cream and sprinkles with a portion removed

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Vanilla Mug Cake

The vanilla mug cake is a quick single-serving dessert with a soft consistency and a rich vanilla flavour, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in just a few minutes.

Preparation time 7 minutes

Time to cook 5 minutes

Rest time 3 minutes

Total time 15 minutes

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  • In a small bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder.

  • Add the butter to a large cup and place in the microwave for 20 seconds or until melted.

  • Mix the sugar, vanilla and milk into the melted butter.

  • Add the flour mixture and mix until a batter forms. Gently mix the sprinkles if using.

  • Place the mug in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until cooked. It should be puffed up but still shiny on top. The cake will continue to cook as it rests. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes.

For best results, use a 12-ounce or larger cup.
For best results, use this conversion chart to determine the amount of time you need to “cook” your mug cakes in the microwave. This can vary a bit depending on the shape of the mug and the brand of microwave, so it may take a while to get it right!

  • 1200 watts: 55 to 60 seconds
  • 1100 watts: 60 to 65 seconds
  • 1000 watts: 65 to 75 seconds
  • 900 watts: 75 to 85 seconds

Calories: 512 | Carbohydrates: 70G | Protein: 5G | Fat: 24G | Saturated fats: 15G | Polyunsaturated fats: 1G | Monounsaturated fat: 6G | Trans Fats: 1G | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1G | Sugar: 41G | Vitamin A: 788UI | Soccer: 156mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and may vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Sweet cake
Kitchen American
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