Old-Fashioned Hot Milk Cake


Old-Fashioned Hot Milk Cake

This easy hot milk cake recipe is fluffy and delicious!

Old-Fashioned Hot Milk Cake
30 Min

Do you remember when Mom would bring out her famous hot milk cake after dinner and everyone would line up for a piece? Well, we recreated one of your favorites to bring you this Old-Fashioned Hot Milk Cake Recipe. It's a simple cake, made with simple ingredients, that tastes simply amazing.

If you've never enjoyed a scalded milk cake recipe before, you might wonder what makes it so special. First of all, we love the simple flavors of vanilla and milk in this cake. If you're a fan of shortbread or pound cake, we think you too will enjoy the classic flavors of this hot milk cake! The springy texture is another thing that makes this type of cake special. Did you know that scalding the milk, in addition to giving a richer flavor, also improves the texture of the cake? It's true! The warm milk makes for a springier cake and a more delicate crumb.

All of this is to say that we are excited to share this special old-fashioned cake recipe. We hope that you and your family enjoy it as much as we have!

What You'll Need

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, then gradually beat into egg mixture.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat milk and butter until butter is melted. Gradually add to batter, beating until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely.


  • What's the best way to serve this cake? We recommend dusting it with powdered sugar for a little added sweetness. You can also serve it with fresh berries and whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. All of these will complement the classic flavors of the cake!
  • We love hot milk cake for dessert, but we also think it makes a great snack or even breakfast treat. For a snack, serve it plain or with a dusting of powdered sugar. You can cut it into smaller slices to make the portion size perfect to go along with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee. For breakfast, you could serve this cake with a smear of strawberry jam and a side of fresh fruit. It's a sweet and delicious way to start the day!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 231
  • Calories from Fat 72
  • Total Fat 8.0g 12 %
  • Saturated Fat 4.6g 23 %
  • Trans Fat 0.3g 0 %
  • Protein 4.3g 9 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 68mg 23 %
  • Sodium 226mg 9 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 36g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2 %
  • Sugars 21g 0 %

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Perfect cake for strawberry shortcake. I halved the recipe and baked it in a 9-inch square pan for 30 minutes. I also added 1/4 tsp. of almond extract to the batter. This will be a standard for me now. Thanks for this delicious and very easy recipe.

this is he cake my Mom always used for strawberry shortcake, try it, it's delicious!! I still make it for the strawberries, too

Delicious nostalgia. From the very vanilla warm milk baking aroma right through the difficulty of waiting until it baked cooled to dig in. I thought of my Mother the whole time. A wonderful cake. Thanks.

My family has always loved this, even my kids grew up with it. We like to use almond flavor or both almond vanilla. It really makes it yummy! It can be baked in loaf pans (2) and then used with fresh strawberries or peaches whipped cream. Sooooo good!

If you use loaf pans...how long would you bake them?

While we have not tested this recipe in loaf pans, we would estimate that a 9- x 5-inch loaf pan would take about 50 to 60 minutes.

Okay, so my mom never made hot milk cake, but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan now. This cake is good. It's got a very light and basic flavor and texture, but it's nice to eat something like that every once in a while.


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