Microwave Vanilla Cake

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Microwave Vanilla Cake is the easiest no egg vanilla cake that’s moist and tender and perfect for sprinkles. A quick birthday surprise for your roommate!

Vanilla Cake is perfect for all sorts of occasions because you can add any color of icing you want to it to make it fit the mood. Like red, green or blue for the holidays, orange and black for Halloween, or taupe and magenta stripes for your roommate’s birthday because, let’s face it, your roommate likes weird colors.   


Vanilla was once one of the rarest spices on the planet. Vanilla comes from the dried fruit of an exquisitely beautiful orchid that naturally grows in very remote and specific regions. People searched for this spice with the same kind of feverish obsession that the miners in the Yukon had, and once it was cultivated, it spread across the world like wild fire… and your roommate just called you “vanilla” as an insult. Shows what they know! You’re priceless, just like vanilla.

Celebrate your uniqueness by making a Vanilla Cake in the microwave. Seriously, it’s really easy and you only have to microwave it for 1 minute, which give you plenty of time to tell your roommate just how wrong they are about you.

How to make Microwave Vanilla Cake  

  • In a cereal bowl with a fork stir together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add in the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla and stir.
  • Microwave for 1 minute.

Microwave Vanilla Cake in bowl with Rainbow Sprinkles

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Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge. The Vanilla Cake should last for about 4 days, as long as you keep it sealed and don’t leave it open for mold to grow on.


$$: You need flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract (obviously), vegetable oil, and milk. This can add up a little, but if you store everything in a dry place that isn’t under the bed, then it all should be good for multiple recipes.


  • 1,000 watts or higher: Higher wattage, lower cook time. Our microwave is about 1,250 watts, but if you have one with about 1,000 watts you will want to cook the cake for about 1:12.
  • 700 watts: Microwaves under about 900 don’t heat things evenly or consistently, so don’t go anywhere while you’re cooking. Start by microwaving for about 1:43.

Vanilla Cake with Sprinkles in microwave

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Microwave Vanilla Cake

Vanilla Cake is the dessert for when you meant to get your friend a birthday present but completely spaced it.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time4 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Microwave Vanilla Cake
Servings: 1
Calories: 233kcal
Author: Dorm Room Cook Staff


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • tablespoons  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract


  • In a cereal bowl with a fork stir together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add in the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla and stir.
  • Microwave for 1 minute.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

Vanilla Cake with Sprinkles


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  1. I made this cake, really just to c if it was legit. It was De lish us 😊😊😊 I’ve made it twice, and added coconut. I’m gonna make it for my Husbands birthday. You guys rock❤️ I also subbed Swerve for the sugar, and only added 1T, perfect