Easy Vanilla Cake in a Bowl

Easy Vanilla Cake in a Bowl

This Valentine’s Day-ish treat has been brought to you by the flavour vanilla.

I know, I know. You’re all sitting there scratching your heads thinking “but where is the chocolate? Won’t somebody think of the chocolate?”

As it goes, every year sometime between the months of December to February, I always find myself growing sick of chocolate. I see it littering the grocery store seasonal aisles and instead of feeling inspired, I just want to run. This year is no different and now I feel that if I see another foil-covered shaped treat, I’ll throw it to the floor and step on it.

Easy Vanilla Cake in a Bowl

Lucky for me, this feeling always passes. In the meantime, I find that I am inspired to try some non-chocolatey recipes. After satisfying a recent craving for cake one night, I thought this vanilla cake recipe would be a perfect pre-Valentine’s Day recipe. It’s the perfect sharing size, it’s vegan (not necessary, but a bonus), and it has an endless array of toppings you can use to suit your own tastes. Since Trevor can’t eat whipping cream, I whipped up a batch of coconut whipping cream (Oh She Glows has a fantastic step-by-step photo tutorial) and sprinkled some chopped up strawberries. Easy-peasy dessert for two.

Chocolate, until we meet again.

Easy Vanilla Cake in a Bowl


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 6 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt


  1. In a measuring cup, combine milk, oil and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl. Depending on the type of microwavable-safe bowl you are using and if you don’t plan on eating it out of the bowl, you may need to spray a little non-stick cooking spray so the cake will come out easier.
  4. Bake in the microwave uncovered, on high for 3 minutes. This time length will vary depending on your brand of microwave, but if you need a little longer to “set” the cake, you can zap it for 15 second intervals.
  5. Let the cake cool for a few moments before removing from the microwave. Be careful, the bowl may be hot.
  6. If you prefer, you can gently remove the cake from the bowl before adding your desired toppings.

2 comments on “Easy Vanilla Cake in a Bowl”

  1. Love quick and easy microwave cakes like this. And I’m allergic to chocolate, so vanilla is always tops in my book ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Super good cake, but somehow tasted eggy though there were no eggs. Have to maybe add more sugar next time, but tasted great with some whipped cream and extra sugar on top. However I was impressed, as many microwave cakes taste disgusting, and this one was delicious with toppings. I will definitely make this recipe again.

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