Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake — If you’re looking for an easy dessert to make in your mug, look no further than this air fryer vanilla mug cake.

Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s the perfect sweet snack for when you need something quick and satisfying. Plus, it’s oven-free, so you don’t have to worry about heating up your kitchen on a hot day. Give this recipe a try today!

Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake
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In my opinion, this is the perfect dessert for the air fryer. Many readers discuss making just enough dessert for them and a spouse. So, when I tried this recipe, I was so excited that my kids loved it, and I vowed to make it a regular series on my website. Air Frye Mug Cake.

Easy Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe

A Mug cake is nothing more than a cake made in a mug. Traditionally, they were popular with microwave owners. But, as the world revolves they are amazingly awesome in the air fryer, and quick. Both are winners in my book.

So, if you are looking for a treat for yourself or a treat for your young child and do not feel like making an entire cake or cupcakes, this is the perfect alternative.

Today, I used a box cake mix, as I get used to the timing, but watch up, over the next week or so, I will be making homemade mug cakes, just by using stuff already in your pantry.

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

Indulge in a delightful single-serving treat with this easy-to-make Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake recipe. Using simple pantry staples and infused with the classic flavor of vanilla, this mug cake offers a quick and satisfying solution for your sweet cravings. Perfect for enjoying any time of day, this vanilla-infused delight is sure to become a favorite!

Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Vanilla Cake Mix: Provides the base for the cake, ensuring a deliciously sweet and aromatic vanilla flavor.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: Substitutes for eggs and oil, adding moisture and texture to the cake while keeping it light and fluffy.
  • Optional: Frosting or Whipped Cream: Enhances the indulgence of the mug cake, allowing for personalization with your favorite toppings for added sweetness and creaminess.

How to Make a Vanilla Mug Cake In Air Fryer

To make a Vanilla Mug Cake in the Air Fryer, follow these simple steps:

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In Your Mug, place 6 tablespoons of cake mix
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Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce.
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Mix Well, add to the air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 330 degrees F (air fryer setting)
Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

Pro Tips

Pro Tips for Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake:

  • Use a Microwave-Safe Mug: Ensure the mug is microwave-safe and can withstand the heat generated by the air fryer.
  • Mix Batter Thoroughly: Ensure the vanilla cake mix and unsweetened applesauce are thoroughly mixed to avoid lumps in the batter, resulting in a smooth and evenly cooked cake.
  • Adjust Consistency: If the batter seems too thick, add more unsweetened applesauce to achieve the desired consistency. Conversely, add a bit more cake mix if it’s too thin.
  • Preheat Air Fryer: Preheating the air fryer helps ensure even cooking and prevents the cake from becoming soggy.
  • Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness. Insert it into the center of the cake—if it comes out clean, it is ready. If not, continue cooking in short intervals until done.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Be cautious not to overcook the mug cake, as it can become dry. Start with the recommended cooking time and adjust based on your air fryer’s settings.
  • Allow to Cool Slightly: Let the mug cake cool for a few minutes before adding toppings or removing it from the mug. This helps prevent burning yourself and allows the cake to set.
  • Experiment with Toppings: Get creative with toppings! Try frosting, whipped cream, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or sprinkles to customize your mug cake and enhance its flavor and presentation.
  • Enjoy Fresh: Mug cakes are best enjoyed warm and fresh from the air fryer. Serve immediately for the best taste and texture.


Can I use any type of vanilla cake mix? Yes, you can use any brand or type of vanilla cake mix for this recipe. Just follow the instructions on the package for the best results.

Can I substitute the unsweetened applesauce with something else? Yes, you can substitute unsweetened applesauce with other ingredients like yogurt, mashed banana, or even canned pumpkin for moisture and binding in the cake. However, remember that this may slightly alter the flavor and texture of the cake.

Can I make this mug cake ahead of time? While mug cakes are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the batter ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator for a few hours before cooking. Allow it to come to room temperature before air frying.

How can I prevent my mug cake from becoming dry? Be careful not to overcook the mug cake, as overcooking can lead to dryness. Additionally, adding a bit of extra applesauce or a tablespoon of water to the batter can help keep the cake moist.

Can I double or triple the recipe to make more servings? You can easily double or triple the ingredients to make multiple mug cakes. Just use separate mugs for each cake and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I use a different flavor of cake mix for this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cake mix flavors, such as chocolate, lemon, or spice, to create unique variations of mug cakes.

How do I store leftover mug cake? If you have any leftover mug cake, store it in the refrigerator for up to a day. Reheat it in the microwave or air fryer before serving to enjoy warmly.

Can I make this mug cake without an air fryer? Yes, you can make this mug cake in a microwave by cooking it on high for 1-2 minutes or until cooked. Alternatively, bake it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes or until done. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

Air Fryer Vanilla Mug Cake

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


I love hearing from everyone about what interests you the most. A lot of you really want quick and easy desserts for one, so today, I show you how to make a simple mug cake, using nothing more than cake mix and some unsweetened applesauce. I topped mine off with some chocolate frosting and some rainbow sprinkles.


  • 6 tablespoons vanilla cake mix
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

Optional: Frosting or whipped cream


  • In an ovenproof mug, mix the cake mix and applesauce.
  • Mix until there is no more dry cake mix on the bottom.
  • Set into the air fryer for 5-7 minutes at 350 degree F (air fryer setting)
  • Let cool before serving.
  • Top with your favorite frosting or whipped cream
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Mug or Ramekin, both oven safe


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 156mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.5mg

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