Easy & Adorable Vanilla Mug Cake

So, am I the only one who occasionally walks around her kitchen at 10 pm craving something sweet, looking in the pantry, and thinking, "I could make *insert choice of dessert here*, but it takes an hour, and then it would be 11 pm and that is just totally unacceptable." ;) 

Surely I'm not alone, right?! 

Well, it was one of those nights where the sweet craving just hit me & my hubs. Usually, we try to just ignore it, because when we do make an entire batch of brownies/cupcakes/etc., most of them wind up going to waste. But this time we decided to actually follow through. We knew we wanted something quick, small, & easy. And then I remembered mug cakes! Why had I been remiss on this thought for so long?! These cute little things are soooo incredibly easy to make, you have nothing to clean afterwards, and they're the perfect portion size! We've experimented with a few, but I'm here to share my favorite so far: the vanilla bean mug cake!

This recipe is from Table for Two Blog. She also has a chocolate mug cake recipe that is definitely worth trying out some time, but I'm more of a classic vanilla kind of gal. 


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • My additions: pink food coloring & SPRINKLES! 



First, whisk together all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. 

Next, mix together the milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Use a spoon to make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and then pour the milk mixture into the well, followed by the melted butter. 

Whisk until few to no lumps remain in the batter! 

Now comes the most fun part! Throw in some sprinkles and some of your favorite color of food coloring! My dad always did this with my siblings and I growing up, and there's still just something so fun about it for me! 

P.S. don't mind my dog, Lily, eyeing the sprinkles in the background. You can almost see the envy in her eyes. ;) 

Now, you're almost done! Pour into a 16 ounce microwave safe mug (I've had a few run ins trying to microwave things that are not meant to be microwaved). You can also use a larger mug if you want. It rises a lot. Microwave for 2 minutes & 10 seconds! 

Boom! You're done! You just made a super delicious dessert in like 8 minutes. Major score in my book. 

Also, if you're as in love with those adorable polka-dotted napkins as I am, they're part of DesignLoveFest's "Cheeky Love Fest" collection at Target! I'm obsessed! 

Kay, I'm off to make 1,000 more mug cakes, bye!