Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake

Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake
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This vegan vanilla mug cake is sure to please any palette. Though it’s healthy, this miniature cake tastes beyond that for sure!

If you prefer a non-mug cake recipe, check out this healthy yet so delicious vegan lemon snack cake recipe. Or even this scrumptious whole-wheat chocolate chip mug cake.

Have you ever eaten a mug cake? I’m relatively new to the concept of eating a cake in miniature form myself. Thanks to my being on Instagram – I first learned about the existence of mug cakes.

What Makes This Mug Cake Perfect:

Mug cakes are the perfect size if you want some cake all for yourself. And a mug cake recipe is usually easy to follow and doesn’t require many ingredients.

The texture of this vegan vanilla mug cake is soft, moist and fluffy – just like a regular cake. In addition, there’s only one little teaspoon of oil. Therefore you can enjoy every delicious bite without zero guilt.

Option to Make This Mug Cake Non-Vegan..

I know the title of this mug cake states vegan, but you can totally make it with regular milk and chocolate chips if you like. It wasn’t my intention to create a vegan recipe without a non-vegan option.

Therefore, no-one is being deprived from this recipe just because they don’t use nondairy products.

Challenge Yourself Sometimes

Previously I steered away from creating mug cake recipes for the microwave. I only created mug cake recipes for oven baking.

This was mainly due to the fact that I didn’t feel up to the challenge of creating a mug cake recipe suitable for making in a microwave. Yes, it took a few times to finally get it right; but I was overjoyed at that first bite!

Ever since that experience I’ve challenged myself to try and create recipes outside of my normal ones, such as this cinnamon roll recipe I recently created: eggless cinnamon rolls. It’s certainly difficult to see beyond that hurdle or mountaintop, but don’t let it hold you back from achieving your goals.

Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake Ingredients

*FYI: You won’t regret eating this mug cake with the easiest chocolate ganache – included in recipe*

  • Dairy-Free (or regular) Chocolate chips: Required for the most chocolatey and easy to make ganache.
  • Flour: All-purpose or even spelt flour are great choices.
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • A little salt
  • Vanilla Extract: Essential to add vanilla flavor to the cake.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Leavens the cake and helps it to bake nice and fluffy.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: An amazing sub for an unhealthy amount of oil or butter in many baking recipes.
  • Oil: When I do use oil in my recipes, I almost always aim to keep the amount to a minimum.
  • Dairy-Free (or regular) Milk: Just by using either one, you can make this mug cake recipe vegan or non-vegan.

More Yummy Dessert Recipes For You to Try

As I’ve mentioned previously, you won’t regret making this mug cake. And I welcome any feedback or comments about this vegan vanilla mug cake recipe. Thank you so much!

vegan vanilla mug cake

Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake

The most healthy and delicious vanilla mug cake. And it’s so easy to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 492.19 kcal


  • 2 tbsp dairy free or regular chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp milk (dairy-free or regular)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose (or spelt) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp + 2 1/2 tsp granulated sugar/cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp dairy-free or regular milk


  • In a very small microwave bowl, combine 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and a couple teaspoons of unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk).
    Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, then set aside to cool and thicken.
  • In a small bowl combine all the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add in the wet ingredients: milk, apple cider vinegar, oil, and vanilla extract. Combine until smooth.
  • *Place ramekin on a piece of paper towel beforehand, in case of a little overflow while cooking*
    Add the batter to a large-sized (11-12 oz capacity) greased ramekin and microwave on high for 2 minute 30 seconds. If needed, microwave for 5 to 10 seconds more.
  • Let the cake cool for a few minutes before spreading some of the chocolate ganache on top.
  • *Baking Instructions*
    If you prefer, you can attempt to bake this mug cake. I would suggest baking it at 350 degrees for around 33-35 minutes. Check the middle with a toothpick first..
Keyword chocolate, dessert, mug cake, quick recipe, vegan

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