The Best Microwave Vanilla Cupcake Recipe: Quick, Easy, and Delicious!
Cakes and Cupcakes - April 13, 2022

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Looking for an easy dessert recipe that is both delicious and quick? Look no further than this microwave vanilla cupcake recipe. This recipe can be made in just a few minutes, and it is the perfect dessert for those days when you need a sweet treat but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus, this quick dessert only requires six simple ingredients!

3 Minutes to Make a Vanilla Cupcake

This is an easy microwave mug cake recipe with just 4 dry ingredients and 2 wet ingredients! Cooking time is less than two minutes to mix everything, then another minute in the microwave.

mug of vanilla cupcake

One Vanilla Cupcake is a Single Serving Cake

Vanilla cupcakes are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth, but you don’t have to make a batch to have just one microwave cupcake! This is a single serving dessert. It’s also a great way to use up leftover ingredients like vanilla extract or milk. You can adjust this recipe too and use almond milk instead. You won’t have to worry about over indulging with this easy vanilla mug cake recipe.

spoon of vanilla cupcake from the microwave

Sprinkles to make it Festive

If you are into sprinkles, grab some on Amazon. I got this Easter Bunny Blend from Target that I needed to finish up from my Cocoa Bombs and Dirt Cake Recipe. Sprinkles were made for cupcakes!

Ingredients for Vanilla Cupcake

The easiest way to make this vanilla cupcake is to put all the ingredients in the mug and mix.

ingredients in decorative bowls
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
  • 4 tablespoons milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flavorless oil (sunflower, vegetable oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  • Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a microwave-safe large mug.
ingredients in bowls
  • Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • If you want sprinkles, stir in until dispersed.
blue bowl of sprinkles
  • Microwave your cake batter for about 45 seconds – 1 minute, or until firm to the touch. Because of the large wattage, it should be cooked on a major capacity microwave oven. If you use a lesser wattage microwave, it will take longer to cook than
  • Serve warm with frosting, ice cream, or whipped cream.

note– of you want to switch it up, instead of putting sprinkles in the batter, add mini chocolate chips to make a handful of chocolate chip cupcake.

Serve this vanilla cake right out of the microwave with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or topping out of a can. You can also top it off with vanilla icing.

Recipe Card

vanilla mug cake

Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes

Easy vanilla mug cake made inside a microwavable mug.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flavorless oil (sunflower, vegetable or coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a microwave-safe mug.ingredients
  2. Add in the milk, oil, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  3. If you want sprinkle stir in until dispersed.
  4. Microwave for about 45 seconds -1 minute or until firm to the touch. Because of the large wattage, it should be cooked on a major capacity microwave oven. If you use a lesser wattage microwave, it will take longer to cook. I always stick a knife in it to see if it's cooked.knife in cake
  5. Serve warm with frosting, ice cream, or whipped cream. spoon of mug cake

This fluffy Vanilla mug cake is so easy to make and only takes a few minutes. It is perfect for those days when you need a sweet treat but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus, it only requires four simple ingredients! This moist vanilla cupcake recipe can be made in just a few minutes, and it is perfect for those days when you need a sweet treat.

Let me know how it turns out. Next time I try new mini cakes, I will be a microwave chocolate mug cake. When you make a single serving cake, there are so many choices! What do you think about microwave cupcakes?

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