vanilla bean mug cake

Vanilla Bean Mug Cake

I recently ordered some vanilla bean paste, so of course, I had to make a vanilla bean mug cake.¬† You may notice that I’ve been going a little mug cake crazy lately. Well, I seem to have caught a cold (I went the whole winter without getting sick now it’s finally getting nice out and I feel like crap, darn it!) and so I’ve been procrastinating on grocery shopping. I have to cheer my sniffley self up with something sweet. Mug cakes are delicious, easy to make, and I can use ingredients I already have on hand.

This mug cake, adapted from Table for Two’s The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake, is pretty good on it’s own but I can’t lie my favorite thing about it is the frosting, which also has vanilla beans in it. Rich, sweet, creamy goodness.

vanilla bean mug cake

vanilla bean mug cake

No worries if you don’t have room temp cream cheese. When I made this cake, I put the cream cheese in a small zip bag along with the powdered sugar and the vanilla beans then mixed it together by kneading the bag with my hands.

vanilla bean mug cake

Vanilla bean paste isn’t as potent as the caviar from a vanilla bean because its diluted with sugar, but I like it because it doesn’t have that alcohol taste that extract has and is more accessible than vanilla beans.¬† It also gives you those little dots of vanilla like you get with a vanilla bean!

vanilla bean mug cake

Vanilla Bean Mug Cake

Serves 1
Prep time 6 minutes
Cook time 1 minute
Total time 7 minutes

Ingredients

cake

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon baking powder (a scant 1/4 teaspoon)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

frosting

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon room temp cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Directions

1. In a small mug or ramekin, mix the dry cake ingredients well. Add the milk, vanilla paste, and butter, then mix until just combined.
2. Microwave cake for 1 minute. If you have a less powerful microwave, you may need to add an additional 10-20 seconds. When the cake is done, it will pull away from the mug a little bit.
3. Mix the frosting ingredients then top cake with frosting.

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