Hot Milk Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.


16 servings

Updated: Dec. 01, 2023
This simple, old-fashioned milk 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


  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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. Preheat oven to 350°. 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, beating on 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Hot Milk Cake Tips

How is hot milk cake made?

Milk cake is a simple, old-fashioned cake. It is made by beating eggs until thick and foamy, mixing in the dry ingredients and then finishing with warmed milk, which gives the batter a bit of a head start on cooking. It is a good cake base that lends itself perfectly to all manner of decoration, garnishing and flavor experimentation.

Can I freeze milk?

Yes, you can freeze milk! Milk can be frozen for up to 3 to 6 months. For best results, we suggest using it sooner rather than later, because prolonged freezing can change the texture. Freeze the milk in a plastic or glass container, leaving some room for expansion. Better yet, make milk ice cubes! Thaw frozen milk in the refrigerator overnight before using.

How can I ensure success with hot milk cake?

As with most cake recipes, bring the eggs to room temperature so that they whip up nicely and provide a delicate airiness to the crumb of your cake. Additionally, for ultimate flavor and richness, use 2% or whole milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 254 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.