Hot Milk Cake Recipe
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
- 10 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 1. In a large bowl, beat eggs on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to batter; beat at low speed until smooth.
- 2. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter just until butter is melted. Gradually add to batter; beat just until combined.
- 3. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 piece: 254 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.
Reviews for Hot Milk Cake
"I grew up with this cake and I am 77 years old. My grandmother's recipe is just about the same with a variance of 1/4 c or so here and there. I want to share the delicious topping that goes with this family recipe: 1-1/2 cups each packed brown sugar and butter, 1/2 c evaporated milk or half and half: bring to a boil to melt the sugar. Remove from heat and stir in 2 c coconut and 3/4 c chopped nuts. Spread on the warm cake and broil the topping until golden. Make this early in the day so that the flavors can develop. At potluck this cake will make you a star!!FH quilting"
"The first time that I made this cake, I used all purpose flour and all I could taste was the flour. The cake was dense even though it rose beautifully. The second time that I made this cake, I used Swans Down cake Flour and it made a huge difference in the flavor and the texture! I also used this recipe to make 36 cupcakes. I baked them at 325 degrees for exactly 20 minutes and they came out perfect! This is going to be my "go to" recipe every time I make a cake or cupcakes!"
"I just made my moms recipe for hot milk cake and decided to search for variations. I was reading the reviews and I just wanted to take the time to say please do not follow the advice given by Jacksjojo. I wish there was a way to report it. You cannot can anything with eggs, milk, or flour. Even if you could these directions are not an appropriate way of canning. Just because the lid seals does not mean that is safe. You could potentially die of botulism or worse kill someone else when you give it as a gift."
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"I have been making this cake for over 25 years ... it is one of my husband's favorites ... I do use salted Butter ... if you don't have salted butter just add 1/2 tsp salt ... and I use 1 TBS of Vanilla. The mixture is thin! BUT it works perfectly. I usually make it in a Bundt Pan , just because we like it that way. Too thin for a Tube Pan ... I like to make this to add to Gift Baskets. Use 6 to 7 PINT size wide mouth jars, Grease inside, fill about 2/3 full place on a pan to bake @ 350 about 18 mins. or until touch test works. Place lids and rings on as soon as you can after removing from the oven, they will seal ... tighten after jars have cooled ... if sealed they will be GOOD for at 2-3 months in cabinet. Enjoy!I have tried to give this 5 Stars ... But it just won't let me ... Could be me!"
"My grandmother made a cake very similar to this which she topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. When I saw fresh strawberries on special yesterday at the grocery store, I thought of her cake and found this recipe. The taste and smell were so familiar! The recipe was easy to make and tasted great. I also served some of the cake topped with chocolate icing and it was fantastic too. This recipe will become a permanent addition to my recipe collection! It's very versatile and oh so easy and tasty."
"I poked holes n the top of the cake and poured some cream of coconut over the top... oh so moist! I did a change tho' - I didn't put 2 cups of sugar in it (i is a diabetic) - I used 1 cup of sugar - had rave reviews from every1! loved it..."
"Delicious! easy too. I would like to hear about some different frosting ideas for it. I did like it plain and also with a little powdered sugar. I'm just curious."
"I got the credit of making a tasty cake"
"This is the perfect cake to top with your favorite fruit topping. I take it to almost every summer time picnic and it never fails to disappear."
"I am 71 and this was my favorite cake growing up. This was the base for our strawberry shortcake. My mother also made it with a maple fudge frosting which I loved. When I started to make it at age 10, my mother couldn't understand why mine always tasted better than hers. We found out why, years later, when I discovered that I had mis-read her recipe and was adding twice the butter! To this day, I still mis-read her recipe.....yummmmm."
"My mom had made this cake for many, many years, it was one of her recipes, that relatives new she would bring to a shower, or to a special family gathering. She made a hot brown sugar sauce for the topping on the cake. for an after Sunday dinner desert, or sometimes with boiled frosting ..... We were always wondering, when she made it , was this cake for us, or was it leaving the house.....comfort food from our childhood I guess."
"Simple and delicious! Simply delicious! Definitely a keeper, I followed this recipe to the T and it is fabulous. We will enjoy this for many years to come."
"Great cake, works every time, now make it as muffins as everyone wants more, makes 24 so enough for everyone"
"My family loved it. I wasn't sure it would turn out but it was delicious. I served it with chocolate ice cream."
"Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Also, someone mentioned that it's better with salt, but I don't see salt listed in the ingredients. Do you add salt? Thanks"
"This is d Best cake Ever..love D Recipe.."
"I followed the instruction exactly like it was written without adding any salt! The results were still great though I would agree to add a little salt next time! Could be as a base for any birthday cake with any thing/flavour added! Spongy and moist at the same time! I will make it again for sure!"
"LOVE the recipe!!! Its a keeper! Will make often and don't see why some people don't like it. Crazy!"
"Very yummy and so easy! I only used 1 & 1/2 C sugar and added 2 tsp vanilla and a little salt. It has a great consistency. Thanks for sharing - this will be one of our favorites now!!"
"I thought this cake was really easy to make and came out great! The texture is both spongy and slightly dense at the same time. I followed other reviewers' suggestions to add a smidge more vanilla and a pinch of salt. I did also add about 1/2 tsp. of rum extract because I thought the batter tasted good, but needed a little... something! You could really use this cake as a base and add any type of extract or flavoring you're in the mood for. I also agree with the others who said it's very important to beat the eggs for the full 5 minutes, maybe even a little longer. I also made sure I beat the sugar and eggs until they were nice and airy too. 35 minutes in the oven was perfect. The cake tastes great on its own--especially when it's still warm--but I plan on serving it with strawberries and fresh whipped cream later. Can't wait!"
"Great recipe but with the omissions I deleted 2 stars. For taste I would give it 4. I am an experienced baker and made this recipe as written except for the notes I made below.If someone were a novice baker this should be a simple enough recipe, but it will not turn out as expected unless you recognize and/or correct the following:Salt: Salt is necessary UNLESS you are using salted butter. Most people bake with unsalted butter since it allows the baker to control the salt in the recipe. This recipe may have been written for use with salted butter, but since it is not noted to use salted butter instead of the usual unsalted, it will come out bland without the addition of salt. I added 1/2 tsp and it came out perfect.Batter: My batter was unusually runny, I would even call it watery. I have made cakes with very runny batter previously, but I was unsure if this was one of those super moist types since the recipe didn't mention the consistency of the batter. I added 1/2 cup of ap flour just to be on the safe side and it came out very dense and moist without a lot of rise. Your results may vary, however."
"This is to DIE for!! I don't know what happened to the others that said this had no flavor as it is so sweet and delicious! Now I just need some strawberries! YUM! Thanks for the fantastic recipe."
"Great recipe ....I made it tonight and the cake came out delicious"
"Loved it! Very easy to make, light & fluffy!"
"Simple, old-fashioned, delicious cake. Would be great to use for strawberry shortcake as others have mentioned. Somewhat reminiscent of a GOOD "Twinkie" sponge."
"Did not like this one."
"I was hoping that this recipe would be a real winner being that it got previous rave reviews, but I was very disappointed. This cake lacked in flavor and sweetness and was too dense. The only saving grace was the frosting, but then we decided that it still wasn't worth it so it went into the trash. Back to the drawing board!"
"u need to mix the eggs really good and the sugar we loved the cake"
"I made this yesterday. If it wasn't for the chocolate frosting, I would of thrown it out. It is so heavy and not much flavor to it. We didn't like it."
"Grandma cake! Add cinnamon, or whatever spice you like. ......"
"was easy and definitely yummy."
"Perfect. I've used it for over 20 years"
"This cake was so easy to make and very tasty. I only had skim milk and it turned out great. My girlfriend loves cake but doesn't like frosting so i was trying to find something tasty enough for me to enjoy and this was it. I think it would be good drizzled with maple syrup or corn syrup though and dusted with a little powder sugar if you wanted to dress it up."
"This was a fun cake to make,very simply and very good. Didn't miss the frosting at all!"
"I tried this recipe today. It turned out good & was very Delish!!"
"it tastes so good and so easy to make"
"i added a little of canolli dip in to it and its ,amazingly good"
"very nice and fluffy. my family loved it. soft and spongy. I added 3 tablespoons of coco powder to theflour and it turned out really well. thanks for such sweet recipe."
"i tried this recipe and it came so good , perfect for my daughter, thanks for sharing... im planning to add more butter next time ill make this to have more butter taste :) and to add more vanilla and salt too same as the other did to their cake"
"I tried this recipe and it turned out very nice and tasty."
"Awesome!!! lovely texture, flavor and crumb!"
"When you're raising 6 kids, you need lots of delicious, inexpensive recipes to fill up all those tummies! This recipe was one of our family's favorites when all the kids were growing up. So easy to top it with fruit to make it a little more special. But, everyone loved it just as it is! easy to make & delicious!"
"literally just finished cooking it, definately came out light and fluffy, inlove with this cake already!! added blue food colouring to make it a little different and after reading some reviews, i ended up adding 1/4 salt and it came out perfect. Thanks to everyone for their reviews, it really made the cake work :)"
"This is a great cake, very moist and flavorful. It does need to cook longer than the directions say, at least in my oven. Don't rely on the toothpick test or it won't be cooked. It should spring back if you touch it, the top should be golden brown, and then it's done. I used boiled peanut butter frosting which was more like fudge. It was for a family birthday party and it disappeared fast."
"I tried this recipe and it came out really well. I was short of 1 egg but the outcome was still good. Thanks for sharing!!"
"I think what the reviews with low stars are missing is QUALITY ingredients. The first time I made this, I made no alterations and it was perfect. I topped with some homemade peach marmalade and that added just enough sweetness that coffee goes perfect with it. Now, I do use farm fresh eggs, fresh dairy milk and fresh dairy butter, so I'm thinking that that has something to do with it. With "old" recipes, it makes a huge difference."
"Read the reviews and was a little nervous to make this. I added the 1/4 tsp of salt and I changed the vanilla to 2 Tablespoons. It turned out very good. It's a good "base cake". Plenty of options came to mind after I tasted it."
"This cake is awesome. I did add 1/4 tsp. salt to the recipe & increased vanilla to about 2 tsp. Sprinkled with powdered sugar & served with fresh strawberries and cream. Unbelievably delicious. Sometimes I want sweet - but not too sweet - this does it. I like this better than pound cake because it's lighter & softer."
"My granny made this cake all the time for my pappy. It was from scratch & made in a pyrex bowl. (smaller scale) But what she did that made it so great was to add while hot, the coconut and brown sugar icing. While the cake is baking, in a pan she melted 6 T butter, 3/4 c brown sugar, 3 T. milk and 1/2 to 1 c. coconut. Bring to a boiling point and pour over the warm cake. I punch holes in mine to let it seep in. Heaven! I have to tell you that I have looked for this recipe for years and this is as close to my granny's as you can get. Thank you for the recipe. So to those ladies who complained, sorry but cake is priceless to me."
"(3 stars to make a comment) No salt? I've been comparing this recipe to many others on the internet and this is the only one without salt. I would guess this is why some other reviewers find this cake bland."
"Extremely plain and flavorless. I have a favorite yellow cake recipe but always like to try new things just in case something better might come along. This was disappointing to say the least. I even added extra vanilla and a touch of cinnamon because the batter tasted like a boxed pancake mix and I always spice up my pancakes. If you like plain bland cake then this is for you."
"Just made this today and it is a good basic cake that is easy and quick. I baked my in a bundt pan for about 50-55 minutes. I only had whole milk, used organic unsalted butter, decreased the sugar to 1 1/2 cups, increased the vanilla to 2 tsp, added 1/4 tsp salt (my mother was an excellent baker and even when the recipe didn't call for salt, she ALWAYS put a little in all her baked goods), I also added a 1/2 tsp of King Arthurs Princess cake and cookie flavoring. The cake is similar to a pound cake, but not quite. I sprinkled it with confectioners sugar and will be serving it with fresh strawberries and whip cream. Next time I will try making cupcakes. I'll let you know if it doesn't work, but I have a feeling it will."
"Always requested by my children for their birthdays since it first came out in TOH in 1993. Truly delicious, especially hot out of the oven. I look forward to making it for my grandchildren someday. If you're looking for something especially sweet, this isn't it. To me, this is more like the flavor of a shortbread cookie. Great with a hot cup of tea, as one reviewer commented."
"good for my homework on a recipe with milk. i have tasted this and it is good."
"could you tell me if you have ever put this in a bundt pan instead of the 13x9 pan?"
"Great cake, just like mother used to make"
"I JUST HAD A QUESTION, BUT HAD TO ADD A STAR TO ASK IT SO I GAVE IT 1 STAR. DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD BE A GOOD BASE FOR TRES LECHES cake?"
"I searched out this recipe because it's an old favourite of my husbands. His mom made it often and he missed it. He loved this and said it was even BETTER than his moms! You have to know what kind of untouchable reputation his mom has in his mind for baking to know what compliment this is lol! The only thing I didn't different was use lemon extract instead of vanilla and made a simple glaze with lemon zest in it. I think that the people that have bad reviews maybe over heated the milk which destroys the entire cake."
"I have made this cake on several occassions and it is a fantastic cake! It's halfway between a sponge and a pound cake. It's also a great base for cakes as suggested by others. I cannot believe some people think it's an awful cake! I have suggested this recipe to many people when they comment on how nice it is. Definitely worth a try!"
"Tender and moist... the very best cake for strawberry shortcake I've ever tried."
"We've used this recipe for years for strawberry shortcake."
"I was so excited to try this cake. Followed the recipe to a T. I cannot understand why it has good reviews...it is horrible. Utterly horrible. I would not recommend this to anyone. I cook all the time, in case anyone thinks I am a newbie...I am not. this recipe just is not worth making. Awful."
"it's so delicious , my kids just loved it,,,,,,,,"
"easy to make. Looks exactly like the picture. Taste is sweet and blah."
"This was not one of my favorite cake recipes."
"This was not one of my favorite cakes."
"I made this cake for my husband's birthday. When I read the recipe, I was skeptical, as I had never heard of hot milk cake. I decided to try it because of all the great reviews. It was a bit more work than my usual yellow cake recipe, but it was well worth it! This is the fluffiest cake I have ever made. It was moist and light. I followed the recipe exactly. I think that beating the eggs for the full five minutes is essential. I made two 8x8 cakes and froze one for another day. I served the other one with fresh strawberries and light whipped cream. My husband raved about it. This is my new favourite cake recipe!"
"love this cake!!!"
"Great tasting old fashioned textured cake.....plain or dusted with powdered sugar and fruit topping....DELISH!!!"
"Glorious. So simple and so good. A real discovery.... Moist, tasty, great consistency and it keeps great. I suspect the time invested beating the eggs paid off. Thanks a lot...and to those considering whether to bake it or not: do it, there is no going back"
"I did a demo in high school home ec on this cake (my recipe is very close to this) 46 years ago and I still make it. The ingred. are usually on hand, its fast, and wonderful with fruit. It is so adaptable, I have added plain blueberries to it, serve with fresh strawberries and whip cream instead of those dry round things, your family will never want to go back. I have also used pinapple cooked with small amount of sugar and cornstarch for a great topping, cooled it and then top with whip cream and sprinkle with coconut. my recipe makes a smaller cake and only uses 1 c. flour 1 t. baking powder, 1/4 t. salt 2T butter , 1/2 c. hot milk ( I use buttermilk) 2 eggs, 1 c. sugar and 1 t. vanilla directions same except for 9X9 pan 350 degrees for 25 min. Just the right size for a small quick dessert for fresh fruit."
"Lost my Hot Milk cake recipe years ago. Had been making it since I was 9 yrs old, now 68. Had come from my grandmother.I will try this one. Hope it is the same. Sounds right. Thank you."
"I have been looking for a recipe that fits the picture description of this cake for quite some time. Firm, fine crumb, spongy soft texture... and this recipe delivered!!! It is fantastic. Worked as a cake, worked as cupcakes. I have 150 pages of yellow cake recipes and this one immediately has jumped to page#1. I do have a question. Does anyone have baking times for baking 6", 8", and 9" round versions? My first attempt at a round (6") was still not done after 25 minutes, and unfortunately, I could not leave it baking any longer...Any advice would be appreciated!Thanks again for the GREAT recipe."
"very good as a snack with evening tea"
"Very simple recipe..."
"I have made this recipe three times already. It's an absolute hit with my friends! I would recommeded this recipe to anyone and everyone!"
"Perfect...as is or anything!!!!"
"I loved it especially for a tight budget! It's light and yet really satisfied my sweet tooth. I also love how versatile it is...can go with anything and/or you can adapt it to anything."
"I loved it especially for a tight budget! It's light and yet really satisfied my sweet tooth. I also love how versatile it is...can go with anything and/or you can adapt it to anything."
"I used to make this as a teenager because it was so eash to make and always turned out well. My problem was that the batter was so good I would eat a lot of it before it ever hit the oven."
"My husband had had this cake as a child and wanted me to find a recipe so I turned to TOH. He loved this when I made it and said it was even better than he recalled it! It was moist, light and airy - very, very good - with or without frosting!"
"Moist & delicious Hot Milk cake Recipe. I baked it in a Jelly Roll pan, & it turned out great."
"So good .My kids loved it.I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 cup and it turned good."
"i did this cake,it was so good and my kids loved it.Its light and delicious.I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 cup and it turned very good."
"So delicious! My entire family loved it. The cake disappeared immediately"
"i made this cake, and loved it!! thanks for sharing it!"
"so i have made this one several times now and turned out great each time. made as is, used lemon, butter, coconut instead of vanilla ...lol not all at once and have added cocoa ..all have been yummy and easy to make."
"Great, easy to make and lots of fun to eat"
"This is one of our favorite cakes to have during the week. I sprinkle powder sugar on it before serving it."
"This is a super good cake. I use it for strawberry shortcake and it has always been a big hit at my home. It is great plain too. Try it, you'll love it!"
"Amazing, simple and delicious. It's my family's favorite!"
"I was searching on line for a hot milk cake recipe a few days ago and came across this one! I was delighted with it! I decided to make it as a layer cake and put a seedless strawberry jam in the center, then after putting the top on I made a chocolate glaze to drizzle over it! We really did enjoy this! I also used whole milk instead of the 2%."
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"This has the taste and texture of the pound cake I remember as a child. Absolutely delicious."
"Fabulous recipe - I use plain soy milk and it turns out great! In fact, I'm eating some now with peach ice cream and fresh berries. Yum!"
"This was so good! I swirled a 1/2 pint of home made strawberry jam in before baking, but I think next time I'll make two layers and put the jam in between the layers. I didn't have quite enough butter and it still turned out great! very tender, light, crumb. I really like this recipe thank you!"
"Excellent cake! I made coconut/pecan frosting for on it. Mmmmm!"
"I made this and loved it. Its simple and yet still good. and shes right it would work great with any fruit and even as a strawberry shortcake. but, for simple its still yummy and you can eat it without frosting."
"This is a really tasty cake plain, but I see some cherry sauce in it's future."
"My 11 yr old daughter makes this and without fail, it disappears fast!"
"Fabulous cake! I made this as the base for strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and Cool Whip - it was a big hit :) Thanks for the recipe! God bless."
"By the way, my second attempt was not as successful as the first (cake did not rise as high) and I have found that beating the eggs well is *very* important--you may need to beat more than five minutes!"
"My Mther called this "a hot milk sponge cake". We had it with strawberries every summer for years. It's fantastic!"
"This is my favorite cake since 1993. My family loves it. I am making it today for my 70th birthday tomorrow. Love it."
"Made this cake for the first time and it was to die for. Dusted some powdered sugar on the top. Next time, might add some lemon extract and zest to the batter."
"We served this for my daughter's graduation. It has a wonderful flavor and texture."
"Have been using this for strawberry shortcake. Very good!!"
"I, too, have been making this cake since the first issue of Taste of Home hit the newsstand! Love it plain, but it's also great with strawberries and whipped cream on top!"
"Yummy! My 5-year-old helped me make this. The texture reminds me a bit of angel food cake but not "chewy." Very sweet without any frosting or anything added."
"love this cake. It was in the first issue of Taste of Home and it has been a staple in my home. Both my boys love it."
"This recipe has become a family favorite. I'm making it today for my daughter's 22nd birthday. When I told her, she was overjoyed! This cake is absolutely delicious."
"Delicious! We just made this cake today!"
"I love this recipe! The cake is sweet on its own so it's nice to add some whipped cream for a lighter treat!"