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Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake with Chocolate Chips

Microwave Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake is one of the easiest single serve desserts! Made with all pantry ingredients, it is soft, fluffy with gooey melted chocolate chips and will satisfy your sweet tooth when a craving strikes.

If you are into vegan eating, then checkout few more vegan sweet treats – Thumbprint Cookies, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Almond Butter bars or Almond Flour Cookies.

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Vegan Vanilla Mug cake

This vegan cake in a mug is incredibly soft, light, fluffy, dairy free and almost tastes like a warm chocolate chip cookie flavored with vanilla extract. My kids love this along with their glass of milk after school or Friday night dessert when I’m not in the mood to bake

It is quick, easy, single serving and is made without eggs. Mug cakes are handy when you’re not in the mood to bake an entire cake like this Microwave Breakfast Muffin, Red velvet cake in a cup or banana muffin in a mug. It is easy, quick and my favorite part is that it makes just one serving <— Portion control for the win.

Why you should make this recipe?

  1. Single serve – When you don’t have an army to feed an entire layer cake then this recipe is perfect for you!
  2. Quick and Easy – As with all microwave desserts, it cannot get any more easier (easy enough for kids to make). Also, the cake batter gets mixed in the mug <—- one dish to clean up.
  3. Uses plant based milk and no eggs, flax eggs or aquafaba needed.
  4. Perfect texture – It has the perfect light and airy texture and not dense or too moist when compared to some cake recipes.
  5. A great beginner recipe – If you are new to vegan baking then this is a great dessert to begin with since it uses no fancy ingredients.

Best Vegan Chocolate Chips

Some of the popular brands include:

  1. Enjoy Life Morsels – These are one of my favorites to use. They are not only vegan but also gluten free, dairy free, soy free and tastes exactly like regular chocolate chips without any weird after taste. They melt ever so slightly when baked and became gooey. They are also verified as non-GMO and Paleo friendly.
  2. Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips – These have Stevia as sweetener which means that it contains lesser calories than what you find with other chocolate chips. They melt slightly when baked and definitely still maintained their bitter flavor. It is a great addition in sweet dessert recipes like this vegan cake in a cup.
  3. Chocolate Dream – Tasting like conventional chocolate chips, it is creamy when baked and has no weird after taste. However, these completely hold their shape and does not melt upon baking.
  4. Dark Chocolate Chips by Gerbs – Made with non dairy cocoa butter, this product contains very few ingredients and contains no trans-fats, chemicals or preservatives.

Are semi sweet chocolate chips vegan?

They can be mistaken for vegan since the term “semi sweet chocolate” refers to dark chocolate made with cocoa butter, cocoa solids and no more than 50% of the mass of the chocolate is sugar. However, they usually contain some animal based ingredient like milk powder or solids.

Can I use water instead of milk in mug cake?

Yes you can, but we highly recommend not doing so! Milk adds richness (this is a dessert after all) and more flavor when compared to just water.

Ingredients Needed

  1. All purpose flour
  2. Brown sugar – We recommend golden brown sugar (check out more brown sugar desserts).
  3. Oil – Any flavorless oil like vegetable or canola.
  4. Milk – Any plant based dairy free milk or regular milk.
  5. Flavorings – Vanilla extract and salt.
  6. Leavening – Baking powder.
  7. Use Vegan dark chocolate chips (or regular)

Pro Tips for Success

  • Not into vegan? Make the mug cake with regular milk and chocolate chips.
  • Stir batter until lump free – Using a spoon, stir the batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Microwaves differ – This recipe was tested in two different microwaves and it took 105 seconds in one and 125 seconds in the other.
  • Best eaten hot – Enjoy this cake HOT! As with microwave desserts, some might dry out a little when left at room temperature.
  • Measure your flour accurately – Make sure to spoon your flour into a measuring cup, then level it by swiping a knife across the top. Scooping flour straight out of the canister will likely add more than needed and cause a denser dessert.
  • Make sure that your baking powder isn’t expired.
Ingredients needed for mug cake

How to make?

Step-1: Stir all dry ingredients (all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together in a microwave safe coffee mug.

Step-2: Add all wet ingredients (dairy free milk, oil and vanilla extract) and mix until smooth and lump free. Stir in chocolate chips.

Step-3: Microwave dairy free mug cake for one minute and 45 seconds. Top with more chocolate chips and a touch of salt. Enjoy!

How to serve?

Enjoy vegan vanilla microwave cake in a cup made without cocoa powder, HOT as soon as you remove from the microwave with big scoop of vegan whipped cream (I love this homemade recipe from or vanilla ice cream. Some recipes (depending on the type of microwave used) might get a little dry if left at room temperature for a long period of time.

chocolate chip mug cake in a white mug

Frequently Asked Questions

How many calories in this eggless recipe for one?

The recipe makes one serving and it contains 661 calories.

Can I make the batter ahead and bake later?

We don’t recommend it! The leavenings tend loose it potency and the batter will not rise properly.

Why is the cake dense?

There could be a few reasons. The baking powder might have expired, more flour than recommended is added or the liquids were not measured properly.

Why did my cake collapse?

If it was removed from the microwave before it was done, then it tends to collapse upon cooling or there was more liquid than needed.

A bite of soft mug cake

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Vegan Mug cake with chocolate chips in a white mug

Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake with Chocolate Chips

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Microwave Vegan Vanilla Mug Cake is one of the easiest single serve desserts! Made with all pantry ingredients, it is soft, fluffy with gooey melted chocolate chips and will satisfy your sweet tooth when a craving strikes.


Dry ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons milk (any vegan or regular milk)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons semi sweet chocolate chips, divided


1. Add all dry ingredients into a microwave safe mug, stir well with a spoon or fork (making sure to break any lumps in brown sugar).

2. Add all wet ingredients, mix until very smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips.

3. Cook in microwave for one minute and 45 seconds (longer might make the cake dry) for a standard coffee mug and one minute and 40 seconds for a wider mug.

4. Remove, top with more chocolate chips ( I like to sprinkle a touch of coarse sea salt on top) and let cool for about a few seconds before serving.

5. Enjoy hot!


Not into vegan? Make the mug cake with regular milk and chocolate chips

Stir batter until lump-free – Using a spoon, stir the cake batter until smooth and no lumps remain.

Microwaves differ – This recipe was tested in two different microwaves and it took 105 seconds in one and 125 seconds in the other.

Best eaten hot – Enjoy this cake HOT! As with mug cakes, some might dry out a little when left at room temperature.

Mug – A standard size microwave coffee mug works for this recipe. Please do not choose a smaller one

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 661Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 533mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 3gSugar: 52gProtein: 6g

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Wednesday 16th of March 2022

It was amazing. Very fluffy cake

Maria Doss

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Glad you loved it Kavya, Maria

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