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Hot Milk Cake Recipe

Hot Milk Cake Recipe

This simple, old-fashioned cake tastes so good it will surprise you! As I remember my mom's delicious meals, this dessert was always the perfect ending. Mom always used "a dash of this and dab of that" to come up with what we thought was "the best"! —Rosemary Pryor, Pasadena, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Mumzy64 User ID: 8919211 253034
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2016

"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!"

jesmeg32 User ID: 8914943 252793
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"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."

naaniz User ID: 8875668 249121
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

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Jacksjojo User ID: 1517754 247995
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"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!"

lvarner User ID: 35803 245353
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"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."

235gbt User ID: 8485749 243245
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"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..."

sharonella User ID: 8335013 242540
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"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."

divyas User ID: 8689384 241305
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"I got the credit of making a tasty cake"

suzanneconrad User ID: 3216553 240489
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"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."

sandyu44 User ID: 8557674 237953
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"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."

eastmount User ID: 8620145 237490
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"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."

hupplarkshoney User ID: 8275660 236380
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"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."

dizzis User ID: 8555165 235604
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"Great Cake, works every time, now make it as muffins as everyone wants more, makes 24 so enough for everyone"

kalamitykay39 User ID: 7775431 235499
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"This is an excellent cake for a pineapple or peach upside own cake. Not too heavy, and it makes enough batter for two cakes. Or make the second cake into something else, like Boston Cream Cake."

soma7 User ID: 8551770 233663
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015


Franciehi User ID: 8526952 233445
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"My family loved it. I wasn't sure it would turn out but it was delicious. I served it with chocolate ice cream."

cbory4 User ID: 3105767 232088
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"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"

Takkella123 User ID: 8450315 229592
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

"This is d Best Cake D Recipe.."

Ttgirl User ID: 8444151 229254
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"We have been making hot milk cakes in our family for more than 75 years. It is an easy tasty cake and you can add coco powder 1\2 cup or more to taste and make a chocolate hot milk cake! Delicious!"

lienphuong User ID: 8422111 228235
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"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!"

tasteofhomeformein2015 User ID: 8413038 227815
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"LOVE the recipe!!! Its a keeper! Will make often and don't see why some people don't like it. Crazy!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 227485
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"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!!"

MimiCT User ID: 1905447 226888
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"This is pretty decent but the Magnolia Bakery's Vanilla birthday Cake is very similar to this and I do like the texture better. I would make this again though, it is quick and easy to make."

kristyanneg User ID: 1076307 226761
Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"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!"

OMyStarz User ID: 5510706 226736
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"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."

itsknotsew User ID: 7518713 226139
Reviewed May. 10, 2015

"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."

dkarim User ID: 8356641 225695
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"Great recipe ....I made it tonight and the cake came out delicious"

barbaraitty User ID: 8338211 224982
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"Loved it! Very easy to make, light & fluffy!"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 224858
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"Simple, old-fashioned, delicious cake. Would be great to use for strawberry shortcake as others have mentioned. Somewhat reminiscent of a GOOD "Twinkie" sponge."

Jmredbird User ID: 4975428 223705
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"This is a great recipe,. Adding some lemon zest gives a nice light lemon taste. Top with berries and cream, or cinnamon and sugar. yummmm I love this cake. Very easy to make and flavor anyway you please."

graicy User ID: 8307054 223516
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015


DeHamm1100 User ID: 1009677 223306
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"This cake is delicious as a snack cake without frosting or topping because it is more dense than regular cake. We like to use this recipe for strawberry shortcake. It is so-o-o good!"

Goddiva User ID: 8302337 223251
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I never add baking soda or powder to my baked good because it makes it taste like soap so I didn't add it. It's similar to pound cake, very moist."

manujames279 User ID: 8296284 222955
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Did not like this one."

LovinChef User ID: 8293347 222833
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"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!"

loveislife213311 User ID: 8283654 222278
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"expellant recipe"

dianegaj User ID: 5622639 222166
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"u need to mix the eggs really good and the sugar we loved the cake"

Monona User ID: 1831287 222104
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"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."

nanu46 User ID: 7897610 221974
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"I have been making this cake for over 30 years or more. It is my daughters favorite and always asked for it for her "birthday" cake."

pattiblue User ID: 8074109 221972
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Grandma cake! Add cinnamon, or whatever spice you like. ......"

Siddhi User ID: 8268385 221102
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015

"Super easy and super fun to make... Yummy

My first cake... Enjoyed the experience
It was just perfect!!!!"

eunicewsl User ID: 8247225 220228
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"was easy and definitely yummy."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 219528
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Perfect. I've used it for over 20 years"

keetz121 User ID: 8226598 218641
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"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."

treacher User ID: 8163541 218416
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"This was a fun cake to make,very simply and very good. Didn't miss the frosting at all!"

MrsdelphineSmith User ID: 8111800 218228
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I tried this recipe today. It turned out good & was very Delish!!"

taymaz User ID: 8208566 217607
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"it tastes so good and so easy to make"

shurt123 User ID: 7650801 217424
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"I can remember my Mom baking Hot Milk cake ..she would spread Karo syrup on top it was so delicious"

daisymommyof4 User ID: 8192785 216499
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"i added a little of canolli dip in to it and its ,amazingly good"

omh847 User ID: 4359095 215956
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"We love this cake. It has been our family "birthday cake" for as long as I can remember. Everyone loves it.

I use Almond instead of Vanilla. Usually serve it plain, but sometimes dust it with powdered sugar.
I've been making this cake since I was old enough to be in the kitchen. I'm well past retirement age now."

sadianadeem User ID: 8182507 215879
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"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."

menchie1977 User ID: 8101169 1333
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"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"

anamikakarn User ID: 8069663 1331
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"I tried this recipe and it turned out very nice and tasty."

mariabobby65 User ID: 1764817 4208
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"Awesome!!! lovely texture, flavor and crumb!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 2731
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"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!"

RiDelaRosa User ID: 8028130 1330
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"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 :)"

pickbet5239 User ID: 4426990 1329
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2014

"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."

sahanashyama User ID: 7985180 2567
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"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!!"

ironkit User ID: 7966051 3817
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"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."

jojom_ User ID: 7909208 4592
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"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."

hollyatl User ID: 7845038 4207
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"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."

ladyjohnsmith User ID: 7830455 4591
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"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."

Olive_Oyl User ID: 7828978 2340
Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"(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."

Moonchach User ID: 7627277 3377
Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"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."

ukiebaker User ID: 6568943 4205
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 1328
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"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."

danielshinmath User ID: 7705274 2566
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"good for my homework on a recipe with milk. i have tasted this and it is good."

katsim User ID: 2952804 1985
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Made this cake yesterday. Very easy to make and is absolutely delicious. I served it with strawberries and my husband loved it. I will be making this one again."

tmckie User ID: 7687529 4203
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"could you tell me if you have ever put this in a bundt pan instead of the 13x9 pan?"

LRP53 User ID: 2601079 3172
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Great cake, just like mother used to make"

ANQ User ID: 5735402 198949
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Just baked this cake and my husband loved it. It was very easy to make and delicious too."

velvajean User ID: 2248904 3548
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014


MNJVBanks User ID: 7661680 1327
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"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."

Jackicam User ID: 7623031 2715
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"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!"

ponderosa1 User ID: 5460748 1326
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Tender and moist... the very best cake for strawberry shortcake I've ever tried."

greenbaynum1fan User ID: 7446874 2563
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"It is a Great cake but as a coffee cake or base of lemon curd cake. pineapple upside down cake, or Strawberry shortcake. I will make it again!"

butterfly3gayle User ID: 3267063 2807
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"We've used this recipe for years for strawberry shortcake."

lorirc User ID: 1704404 4201
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I was so excited to try this cake. Followed the recipe to a T. I cannot understand why it has good 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."

abhi ajmera User ID: 7013994 3376
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"it's so delicious , my kids just loved it,,,,,,,,"

Marginaskitchen User ID: 5384848 198948
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"Easy to make. Looks exactly like the picture. Taste is sweet and blah."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 2562
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"This was not one of my favorite cake recipes."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 3547
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"This was not one of my favorite cakes."

Sylvester90 User ID: 5984649 2272
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"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!"

anna-945 User ID: 7262627 3375
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"love this cake!!!"

missdc User ID: 5915326 3374
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"Great tasting old fashioned textured cake.....plain or dusted with powdered sugar and fruit topping....DELISH!!!"

Itsallaboutme User ID: 7160185 3546
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"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"

martha2go User ID: 3189904 3545
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"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."

galleyslave User ID: 386297 3373
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"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."

jackstrat User ID: 7140557 2561
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"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."

ilovemymarine User ID: 7063664 2714
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I had given up on finding a delicious light and moist yellow cake recipe. I am so happy my sister in law suggested I try this recipe. My search is over I have found my forever yellow cake recipe. This recipe will not disapoint you."

JSorto22 User ID: 7002253 2693
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"just made this cake for breakfast this morning to have with hot chocolate and it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again!"

charmstonight User ID: 6994561 2271
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"very good as a snack with evening tea"

lee.carrington User ID: 5642180 3372
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"Very simple recipe..."

MiniBaker User ID: 6982472 1321
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"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!"

cowgirlbabs User ID: 6519317 2690
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

" is or anything!!!!"

WaterBrooks User ID: 6764169 3370
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"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."

WaterBrooks User ID: 6764169 2689
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"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."

housegirlfriend101 User ID: 6917051 2653
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"I just finished making this recipe and it's definitely going to become my go-to cake recipe. I cut the recipe in half and used a 9x9 glass dish and cut off like 10 minutes of baking time and I am so pleased with the results. A perfect, spongy cake. Very easy to make and not time consuming at all."

nanaflash User ID: 4471750 2263
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2012

"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."

jdmeeks User ID: 182097 3170
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"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!"

Vicks6 User ID: 5093215 3816
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"Moist, delicious, and easy to make cake. I will definitely make this cake again!"

GwenandDirk User ID: 6137089 2560
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"Absolutley love the flavour of this cake. My first try turned out more like a pound cake probably because I may have overmixed when adding the hot milk mixture to the flour but as I like a heavier density cake, I am OK with that. I will definitely make again."

DAWK User ID: 651008 4195
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Moist & delicious Hot Milk Cake Recipe. I baked it in a Jelly Roll pan, & it turned out great."

JessieChrisman User ID: 4955476 3815
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"So simple & so easy. My husband LOVED it & is very picky when it comes to white cake. Will have fresh fruit on the side next time. This pairs well with cream cheese frosting :)"

kinda User ID: 6456132 4194
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"So good .My kids loved it.I reduced the amount of sugar to 1 cup and it turned good."

kinda User ID: 6456132 2728
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"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."

catlovesbooks User ID: 4808399 4193
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"So delicious! My entire family loved it. The cake disappeared immediately"

karenvk User ID: 5079734 1931
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Excellent Cake! I am so glad for the reviews or I would not have made this cake and that would have been our loss! Thanks for the recipes and the especially the reviews. They so make a difference!"

gracewilliams User ID: 4299406 2726
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"i made this cake, and loved it!! thanks for sharing it!"

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 3367
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"I've been making this cake for years, since I got the recipe from another poster on a cooking forum. I used it as my wedding cake.

It is not as light and fluffy as cake mix cakes, and does have somewhat the consistency of pound cake. I like that and it makes it sturdy enough for stacking and decorating multiple layers.
Be sure to beat the eggs the full 5 minutes called for or it will be extremely dense."

luder28 User ID: 1937331 4589
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"The cake tasted good, but it was not light and fluffy. It was heavey and had the texture of a pound cake. Can anyone tell me what may have caused this?"

mad378 User ID: 5393860 1929
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"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 not all at once and have added cocoa ..all have been yummy and easy to make."

rosebudh74 User ID: 712440 2989
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"Very tasty cake will make again and again. Next time, I would like to try a little cinnamon in it. Also very tasty dunked into hot chocolate. My son wants to try putting a little cocoa in it. Yum can't wait to try many different ideas."

Niki_vR User ID: 6366244 2537
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Great recipe! I like light fluffy cakes so I added some more baking powder and add a little baking soda."

Berpha User ID: 6430608 4192
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Great, easy to make and lots of fun to eat"

kltharp User ID: 1678501 2722
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This is one of our favorite cakes to have during the week. I sprinkle powder sugar on it before serving it."

colettefg User ID: 2068669 2720
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"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!"

Lizandjuan User ID: 716309 3364
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Amazing, simple and delicious. It's my family's favorite!"

wiccamoon User ID: 6285177 3814
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"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%."

YOGES User ID: 6167324 2806
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011


Bobby Mac User ID: 5675382 2262
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This has the taste and texture of the pound cake I remember as a child. Absolutely delicious."

Rash200082 User ID: 5936326 3326
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"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!"

jakesmom31 User ID: 6150105 1927
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"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!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4064441 2208
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"Excellent cake! I made coconut/pecan frosting for on it. Mmmmm!"

Johanna Coursey User ID: 3999932 1531
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"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."

Grant_am User ID: 6001682 2718
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"This is a really tasty cake plain, but I see some cherry sauce in it's future."

10sChick User ID: 4943196 2933
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"Not very exciting. It reminded me of eating the sponge cake part of a twinkie without the fun of the cream filled center. Would make a good cake base for a fruit topping, but it doesn't stand up well alone."

lobes User ID: 5915593 2801
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"My 11 yr old daughter makes this and without fail, it disappears fast!"

Rash200082 User ID: 5936326 2930
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"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."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 3544
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"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!"

wbssweetie User ID: 4087524 1320
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"Made this early one Sunday morning, when my daughter and granddaughter came up stairs for breakfast my daughter told her daughter that it was breakfast cake and she ate it. The following Sunday she asked if we could have breakfast cake again, yes we did!"

BarbaraJeanne User ID: 1843732 2534
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"My Mther called this "a hot milk sponge cake". We had it with strawberries every summer for years. It's fantastic!"

pastagrammie User ID: 5636060 4191
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"This is my favorite cake since 1993. My family loves it. I am making it today for my 70th birthday tomorrow. Love it."

4serenity User ID: 3841672 841
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"I thought this cake was good but not really anything to rave about. If I ever make it again, I will probably make a frosting for it, poke holes into it for pudding, or cut it up to be used in some other sort of dessert."

DaleCady User ID: 782230 2928
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"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."

ndwd User ID: 2012428 3812
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"This is one of my favourite cake recipes. My boys always request it for their birthday. It is so easy and has a fantastic flavour and texture"

TheMadge User ID: 4986728 2652
Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"We served this for my daughter's graduation. It has a wonderful flavor and texture."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 1922
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Have been using this for strawberry shortcake. Very good!!"

keneff User ID: 1376821 2175
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"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!"

mcmackme User ID: 1386646 837
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"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."

cinsully User ID: 81291 2533
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2009

"This is the best cake I have ever had. The ingredients are simple and readily available. Recipe is easy to make."

ndwd User ID: 2012428 1319
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2009 Edited Jun. 10, 2010

"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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 3250
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009 Edited Apr. 3, 2014

"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."

Hemmen Girls User ID: 2983163 1919
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2008

"Delicious! We just made this cake today!"

ballofoil User ID: 951175 2651
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2008

"I love this recipe! The cake is sweet on its own so it's nice to add some whipped cream for a lighter treat!"

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