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Vanilla Birthday Mug Cake

7 min


10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot


Nothing says 'birthday party' quite like a classic funfetti cake. A birthday isn't required to enjoy this treat though - this size is perfect for anyone who just wants to celebrate any day of the week with a piece of cake.



7 min


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2 min


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  • 3 Tbsp (25 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • 1½ Tbsp (19 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp (7 g)
  • ¼ tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 pinch
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil

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  1. In a microwave-safe mug, combine the flour, sugar, sprinkles, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Then add in the milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Microwave on high (800 - 900 W) for 2 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave and settings. If the cake isn't cooked through yet, simply place it back in the microwave at intervals of 15 seconds until done.
  4. Top with vegan whipped cream and sprinkles if desired, and enjoy!


  • The mug might be quite hot when it comes out of the microwave. Take care when removing it from the microwave.
  • If preferred, bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish.


  • Best if enjoyed immediately.

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Karina - Nov. 8, 2021, 9:13 p.m.

I usually help myself to the chocolaty-chocolate-one. Today I tried this recipe and added pumpkin spice instead of vanilla. Ist's good. But it misses something - maybe a little more of the spice.

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

Pumpkin spice sounds delicious, Karina! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share 🤩

Karina - Nov. 13, 2021, 9:51 p.m.

Did try it again. This time with ⅜tsp pumpkin spice, an additional tbsp of ground almond.

Karina - Nov. 13, 2021, 9:54 p.m.

Oh, and swaped the sugar for muscovado sugar

jean - Sept. 24, 2021, 1:27 a.m.

I just made this and it was delicious. Instead of sprinkles I added a bit of shredded coconut, toasted pecans and a few dried cherries. Turned out well.

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 7:20 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Jean, thank you!

Janine - Aug. 16, 2021, 12:20 a.m.

I just want to say, my 6 year old daughter came into the room when I was watching this on YouTube. She said that she loved your voice and how you talk. I think it's just very upbeat and calming. Anyways, we HAD to make these mug cakes and they were more delicious than I even thought they would be. Thank you for sharing. Keep up the good work!

PUL Team - Aug. 16, 2021, 3:42 a.m.

Aww so lovely you and your little one made this one! We're so happy the mug cake was enjoyed, Janine. Thank you 😊

Marloes - Aug. 5, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

Great for a quick snack! You can make this easily with ingredients you already have.

Megha - July 24, 2021, 10:18 p.m.

Best cake that could be enjoyed in under 10 mins. Loved it!

Lisa - July 11, 2021, 11:06 p.m.

When we watched your mug cake video on YouTube we immediately tried all of them and it's an absolute game changer for us.
Super delicious and we have them so often now. It's really having a cake on demand. We love to put some vegan ice-cream on top of the Vanilla Birthday Mug Cake. I can highly recommend them :)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 2:47 p.m.

We're so thrilled you're enjoying the mug cakes, Lisa! Thanks a bunch for the wonderful review 🤩

lucy - July 11, 2021, 5:32 p.m.

so festive and cute 🤍 loved it

Marilynn - July 8, 2021, 10:59 p.m.

Our teenagers love the birthday cake recipe! Quick and easy treat! Thanks for sharing!!!

Laksh - July 8, 2021, 6:02 p.m.

I tried this out for my daughter and her friends and they utterly loved it!! It's super easy, I end up making these almost everyday.
Love from India

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 3:02 p.m.

Thank you for the review, Laksh! Hugs to India 🤗

Martyna - July 8, 2021, 5:49 p.m.

I love this recipe! It's now my go-to recipe for a mug cake <3

Fatima - June 3, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

I appreciate the note you have by the nutrition info!
Also, this little cake was super yummy and easy to make!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 8:13 p.m.

Thank you for the wonderful review and feedback, Fatima!

Sina - May 20, 2021, 12:35 p.m.

We don't have a long would you think it has to be in an oven??? Same as ordinary cupcakes maybe???

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 9:14 p.m.

Hey there, Sina! You can bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for around 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish 🤗

Jennifer - April 28, 2021, 3:28 a.m.

Hello! My niece and I watched the mug cake video and we’re excited to try this out on dessert night! Was the sugar used in this birthday cake mug sugar in the raw? Have you ever tried it out with alternative flours? Thank you and I’m looking forward to learning more and trying out some of the delicious recipes I’ve seen you make. I’m glad I found your channel! Have a wonderful day! -Jennifer, Texas USA

PUL Team - May 1, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

Oo dessert night sounds fun, Jennifer! We indeed used raw sugar in the video 🤓 White granulated sugar in the Netherlands is vegan, but some white granulated sugar in North America is not, so to avoid confusion we use raw sugar for our recipes. We haven't tested this recipe with other flours. If you experiment with different flours, do let us know how it goes! We hope you and your niece have a lovely day as well 🤗

Sina - April 20, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

Loved the video on mug cake variations! However, since I don't own a microwave I was wondering if it would be advisable to bake them in a regular oven. Any suggestions?

Also, congrats on the new awesome website!

Greetings from Germany, Sina

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 2:41 a.m.

Greetings, Sina! You can bake it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Just be sure to use an oven-safe baking dish 🤩