Hot Milk Cake

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

Hot Milk Cake makes an ideal birthday cake, too. Dressed up in a million different ways or eaten as-is, one bite will take you back to your childhood. For that reason, this time-tested family recipe is the nearest and dearest to my heart.

Maurice Sendak said it best in his book “In the Night Kitchen:” milk in the batter, milk in the batter, we bake cake and nothing’s the matter! He’s right. When there’s Hot Milk Cake, very little can go wrong.

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

What is the history of Hot Milk Cake?

One of the first sightings of Hot Milk Cake was in 1911, but it continued to grow in popularity due to it’s simplicity. It really became a well-known recipe during the Great Depression, where modest food had to stretch to feed hungry families, and every last drop of food was used and saved.

Grandmothers and mothers had to make do with what they had, and often the last of the day’s milk was used to make this simple cake for special occasions.

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

Can you make Hot Milk Cake less sweet?

Readers have successfully made this cake with as little as half the amount of sugar, in case you’re looking to cut back on your sugar intake, or you’re planning to serve it with my caramel coconut topping, which I share below.

How do you make Hot Milk Cake light and fluffy?

For me, the secret to this recipe, which makes cake lighter, is to make sure you beat the egg mixture for almost 10 minutes. Also, when I have it, I use cake flour and it makes a huge difference in the flavor and the texture!

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

Can you make Hot Milk Cake with buttermilk?

Some cooks have reported that their cakes fall when substituting buttermilk for the regular milk, even when adjusting the leavening ingredients. Until I have a chance to test out more versions of this cake, I wouldn’t recommend a substitution with buttermilk.

What are some variations of Hot Milk Cake?

More often than not, I make this original recipe, but there are so many other beautiful ways to make this versatile cake I have to give you my favorites:

  • Hot Milk Cake for breakfast: Try substituting out half of the flour for whole wheat flour, then add dates, dried figs, or walnuts. Bake in a loaf pan for easy to serve, toast-able slices. The texture will be heavier.
  • Apricot Almond Hot Milk Cake: Substitute out half the flour with almond flour and mix in chopped dried apricots, then top with slivered almonds.
  • Hot Milk Cake with cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon in the batter is a great touch!
  • Hot Milk Cake with lemon curd: Add some lemon zest to the batter, then slice the cake horizontally and fill the layers with lemon curd.
  • Hot Milk Cake with pineapple: This cake makes an excellent pineapple, peach, or plum upside down cake. Arrange fruit on the bottom of the cake pan, pour batter over, then bake as directed. Invert before serving.
  • Chocolate Hot Milk Cake: Add 1/4 cup of your best cocoa powder, and use scalded chocolate milk to the batter for an ethereal chocolate cake that’s just as easy to make.
  • Almond Hot Milk Cake: Add almond extract in place of the vanilla and top with slivered almonds.

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

How do you serve Hot Milk Cake?

This is the kind of cake that I could easily chip away at all afternoon until there was nothing left, but if you have patience and intend to serve this for dessert, how about a dollop of whipped cream, some summer berries, or a scoop of ice cream?

Or, better yet, here’s a traditional recipe for a caramel coconut topping that is easy to whip up and pour over the cake before you serve it. I recommend making this early in. The day so that flavors have a chance to really meld!

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

Caramel Coconut Topping for Hot Milk Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or half and half)
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts


  1. Bring butter, evaporated milk, and sugar to a boil, stirring to melt the sugar.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and chopped nuts.
  3. Spread mixture on the warm cake and place under the broiler until golden, watching the topping closely.

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If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.
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Hot Milk Cake

If you’re looking for the fluffy, perfect vanilla-scented cake your grandma (and mine) used to make, this recipe for Hot Milk Cake is definitely the one. Made with scalded milk, this lovely, old-fashioned cake is soft, sweet, and absolutely foolproof.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 311 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Grease and flour a 12-cup tube pan or Bundt cake pan.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in milk and vanilla and continue to heat until small bubbles form around the outside of the pan and the mixture is very hot but not boiling. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Meanwhile, in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Once the egg and sugar mixture has tripled in volume, slowly add the hot milk mixture, mixing on low speed until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing after each addition until just incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, checking 5 minutes prior to baking end time. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean, with a few crumbs attached, but do not over-bake.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack or serving plate to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Recipe Notes

Some users have reported that their cakes fall when substituting buttermilk for the regular milk (and adjusting the leavening ingredients). Therefore, until I have a chance to do more recipe testing, I am no longer recommending a substitution with buttermilk.

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  1. Yum!!! Does it matter what kind of milk you use in the cake? I’m thinking my beloved fat free milk might not be a good idea…

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

    • THAT is an excellent question. I used 2%. I will make a version with skim and let you know. There is a lot of butter here so I actually think skim milk might be just fine. I will head back to the lab and let you know the results! :)

  2. Milk basically kept me alive for the first 16 years of my life. I was a picky eater, but I would always happily drink HUGE glasses of milk. I’ve never heard of a hot milk cake. I’m intrigued. Looking forward to trying it out!

  3. Really beautiful cake Meggan. We are huge milk drinkers here and I love how simple this is.

  4. That is so cool that your grandfather worked on a dairy farm & would bring home milk in the glass jars! I remember when I was little, we would get milk delivered in glass jars early in the morning. It was one of my favorite things :) The name of this cake sounds very familiar but I don’t think I’ve ever had. I love how simple, no-fuss it is, compared to typical cakes loaded with frosting and toppings. Definitely excited to give it a try!

    • Thanks Alyssa! Things like milk are just pure nostalgia for me. Pretty sure everyone from Wisconsin has a relative somewhere who worked in the dairy industry. :) Not really… but sometimes it seems that way! Of course now I live in California which actually produces way more milk than Wisconsin due to the size of the state, but don’t tell my parents that!

  5. this recipe turned out great!!!! loved it!

  6. Any idea how much butter in grams/cups to use? 

    • Yes! Sorry Val, I will change the way the recipe is written. It’s 1/2 cup butter. Sorry about that!

  7. I’m sixty two, thanks for making me remember this cake. This was a Sunday favorite, along with my mother’s lemon sauce

    • Hi Rose, thank you so much for your comment! You are not the first person to mention a lemon sauce or glaze with a Hot Milk Cake. I will definitely have to look into that and try it myself. Sounds delicious! I am so happy you stopped by.

  8. The cake turned out AMAZING! So fluffy, and moist. I loved it! I’ve gotta make it more often.

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it. I think it is so good too, it looks plain but is anything but!

  9. I am in my late sixties and this cake was a family favorite served with choc. sauce. It was always my birthday cake made in 2 heart shaped pans with lemon filling between the layers and covered with boiled icing.I am making this for my nieces 47th tomorrow as it is one of her favorites.( I am planning to wrap coins and insert them in the cake before I ice it just as my mother used to do)

    • Ahhh Liz, this story warms my heart. I love food memories! It’s so lovely that you shared your tradition with your niece over the years. I love that story about the coins. That is just so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  10. Can you use a springform tin instead of Bundt tin? Would it still be the same quantities? 
    Thanks :)

    • Elsie, I don’t know exactly how that would work if you used a springform pan instead. I think it might be too short. The thing about a bundt pan is it’s about twice as tall as a springform pan. Do you have any kind of tube cake pan? Such as for angel food cake? That would definitely work. If you would like to try the springform pan, I think you should just make half the recipe to start and see how tall it gets. I’d hate for everything to overflow all over your oven! Thanks for your comment. :)

  11. I made this yesterday and we loved it! As someone who enjoys simple flavors, this recipe was certainly a winner and I will be making it a LOT in the future!

    • Ahhhh, so wonderful to hear Sarah! Thank you for making my heart sing. :) I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a lovely week!

  12. My husband is in his late 70’s and his mother made this cake for his birthday.   He said he always wanted it with no icing.   

    • Honestly, it really doesn’t need any icing! I love that this was his choice for a birthday cake. Thank you so much for telling me.

  13. Great cake especially with chocolate covered fried salamanders and worms. Sorry, just kidding. I remember this cake in surrounded by a mildly sweet sauce not sure if it was carmel or butter scotts or maple syrup. Have you come across this? What recipe? 

    • Ha ha ha!!! You were just trying to see if I was paying attention, right? ;) I haven’t come across a sauce as you have described (or any sauce) but I’ll do some digging and let you know if I come up with anything. I’ll start by asking my grandma.

  14. Good Day Megan thank you for the awesome receipe. I love the cake but each time I make it, the cake drops while baking. I’m not to sure why, I don’t change temperatures nor open the door. Please can you advise me accordingly. Thank you 

    • Hi Charline, I apologize for the delay in replying to your comment. This week sort of just got away from me! I am sorry to hear your cake is dropping. Here are some ideas I have about why that is happening. But these are just guesses, I really don’t know for sure but I hope this information helps. 1). Old baking powder. Try mixing your baking powder with some hot water and see if it bubbles. If not, it’s old. 2). Oven temperature. Do you have a way to check that your oven is running at the right temperature? I don’t mean to suggest your oven is wrong but sometimes that is why cakes don’t bake properly. Here are some other ideas: Try not to overbeat the batter, just mix it until everything is combined and leave it at that. Be sure to bake your cake right away (again, you probably aren’t leaving the batter sitting out on your counter but sometimes that causes cakes to fall). You could also make sure your oven rack is in the center of your oven and make sure your oven is preheated. Also, what kind of cake pan did you use? This can have a big impact on whether the cake drops or not. I hope some of these ideas are helpful, I’m so sorry again your cake is dropping.

    • Mine dropped too. It rose beautifully and I resisted the urge to turn the pan half way through–I left it alone and left the door closed. When the timer beeped, I was sad to see that it was sunken in the middle. I’m thinking it has something to do with the buttermilk sub. I decreased the powder and added some soda (both fresh). The exact same thing happened with some cupcakes I made a couple months ago. Again with the baking powder and buttermilk. I think decreasing the powder to 1 tsp and increasing the soda to 1 tsp would work.  The cupcake recipe that I had fail on me a little while ago seem to have a large amount of baking powder. From what I understand, it doesn’t react well with buttermilk.

    • Hi Emily, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I think I will probably just remove the information about subbing buttermilk. I haven’t taken my baking classes in culinary school yet so I really can’t say either way, I just know that hearing that cakes fall makes me sad! So thank you for that information and sorry again.

    • I just looked up baking powder and buttermilk and found a site called (lol) that said if you sub buttermilk for regular milk, you need to decrease the powder called for by 2 tsp. and add 1/2 tsp. of soda per cup of buttermilk.  I’m a HUGE fan of baking with buttermilk, so I’m going to re-make this cake tomorrow using only baking soda.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  :)  I just unmolded it from my pan and it’s springy and soft, so I have no doubt it’ll be delicious…just a tad bit flat, haha!  

      My neighbor asked me earlier if I’d ever heard of milk cake, and I hadn’t.  I searched for it and your site was the first one that popped up.  While the cake was baking, I poked around and I LOVE your recipes.  You have a new fan!  :)

  15. can i use buttermilk instead of 2% milk? thanks.

    • Yes, you can. I’m going to give you some information I found in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (the newspaper from the area I grew up). It’s fine to substitute buttermilk as long as there is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of buttermilk in the recipe. Since my recipe has ONLY baking powder (2 teaspoons), you should change that to 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and then 1 cup of buttermilk. And you should be good to go. Thank you so much for your question!

  16. I just made the Hot Milk Cake. It was very good! It was a very simple but delicious cake. My husband said that it was the perfect dessert for him. .not overly sweet. .perfect with cup of coffee. I will make this again. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. We made this cake every Sunday evening….it was our dessert and lunch box treat. I was out of town and was make this cake for a friend…always remembered 4 eggs, 2c sugar & flour, 1 milk and 1/4 lb of butter…but always forget how much baking powder, salt and vanilla. Like how it says to do the eggs and sugar. Will be trying this.
    Thanks again for being able to find this recipe on line. This was the only yellow we ever made as children.

    • Thanks for such a lovely story, Nancy! This recipe more than any other one on my blog seems to bring back memories for people. It always warms my heart to be a part of that! I hope you enjoy it. 

  18. I made this for the first time and it was delicious! Thank you for this recipe.

  19. Hi Meggan, would it work if I used coconut milk? And replace one cup of sugar with coconut sugar?

    • Hi Lorraine, I am not sure. I do think it’s worth a try, but I’m not experienced with alternative baking methods so I have no idea! Wish I could help you more. :/

  20. Ok, I solved that one: made the cake over the weekend and replaced the milk with coconut milk and half the sugar with coconut blossom sugar. I turned out beautiful, with a subtle nutty, coconut flavour. Really worth a try!

  21. Of course I meant IT turned out beautiful… not I! :-)

  22. I tried this recipe last weekend. It’s soooo yummy and easy to make.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • You made it?! Hooray! Yes, it’s such a good cake. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it. :D Take care!

  23. Thanks for the recipe!
    But what’s up with this in your notes? : “Reduce the baking powder from 2 teaspoons to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.”

    When using buttermilk, I have to remove 1/2 spoon of baking powder, and then add it back in?

    • That’s the worst written recipe note, ever. I’m so sorry. The second mention of 1/2 teaspoon baking powder should actually be baking SODA. I’m just an idiot who can’t proofread. Thanks for finding it and pointing it out so I can correct it. It should be 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Sorry Robert.

    • Ah, OK! So that’s resolved. I’ll be making this on Saturday, with buttermilk. Looking forward to it.

      And you’re not an idiot. Your website is a very good and enjoyable read.

    • Thanks for being kind and understanding. I hope you love the cake! It’s a favorite in my house and I’ve had several emails from other readers who say it reminds them of what they had growing up. Here’s hoping it meets all your expectations! Thanks again for everything.

    • I baked the cake today. And it is delicious.
      My son (22) visited and he always dumps whipped cream on cake. I told him that it was a new recipe and to try without. He ate all 4 slices without whipped cream. You are right, it does taste excellent.

    • What a great story! If you can get your son to eat it without whipped cream, then that really says something. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t made this cake in a while, so I think it’s time. You’ve convinced me. Thanks again for your comments!

  24. Hi the cake sounds great but i’m a bit of a novice can you tell what kind of flour it is you are using


    • Hi John, no problem! We all start out as novices. I just used basic all-purpose flour, nothing fancy. Probably generic brand knowing me! Good luck.

  25. Help! I have made this cake twice now following the recipe step by step. Both times it has overflowed in the oven and also takes twice as long to bake. What am I doing wrong?! After it is baked through, it’s a mess, but it tastes amazing so I’d really like to bake it successfully at least once. 

    • Hi Allyson! OH NO! What a disaster. I am so sorry, especially since it sounds like my cake = messy oven. :-/ So the first thing is, it sounds like the cake pan might be (must be?) too small. So, I asked my Grandma and she said it should be at least a 12-cup pan. I never specified that (my mistake), I just said tube pan or bundt pan. I must have one that fits the batter and you might not. I’m so sorry! If the walls are not tall enough, that might be contributing to it needing more baking time. Why don’t you look into the capacity of your pan and we can go from there. Do you happen to live in at a high altitude or in a super humid environment or anything like that? I doubt it, but that’s all I can think of to crack this case. :-/ Let me know about your pan size!!! Sorry again.

    • Okay I feel so stupid now because of course that’s the problem! lol I never even thought of that. I compared my bundt pan to my mom’s and her’s is much larger than mine, so next time I’ll borrow hers or make cupcakes with the rest of the batter that doesn’t fit. 

    • Yes well I’M the idiot that never specified the size of the pan… and do they even MAKE different bundt pan sizes??? I mean, obviously they do, but I never even considered that. So I’m sorry for all the wasted effort on your part. :) Lesson learned! Glad you sorted it out in the end.

  26. Hello! Great recipe! How many calories and grams of sugar is in this cake?

    • Hi Maggie, I’m actually not sure! I don’t normally compute nutrition information for my recipes although it’s something I’d love to add going forward. Sorry about that!

    • It’s ok! ?? AWESOME CAKE! I made it last night.. SO GOOD!!

    • Well that’s what matters! I’m glad you liked it. :) Take care!

    • Hi Maggie, I have finally started adding nutrition info to my recipes and this Hot Milk Cake was top of my list because of your question! Assuming you cut your cake into 12 slices, each slice would be 311 calories with 34.5 grams of sugar. The full nutrition label is on the blog post now, right under the recipe. Thanks for your question!

  27. It is ok! AWESOME CAKE! I made it last night, it was amazing!

  28. I just baked this delicious cake! So easy to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Thank you Mardia, I’m so glad that worked out for you and that you enjoyed it. :) Take care!

  29. This is my new cake recipes. Today I added Hersey’s cocoa to make a strawberry short cake. I don’t think there will be any leftovers :)

    • Chocolate strawberry shortcake?! Yeah, there wouldn’t be any leftovers in my house either. :) Great idea, I can’t wait to try adding cocoa powder myself! Thanks for the comment. :)

    • How much cocoa powder did you use.

  30. Hi Meggan, I made this last night and my son gave it the thumbs up. Never known him to do that before so it’s a real winner. Looks like I need to make another because it’s just about all gone and it’s only 9am the next morning! I used buttermilk in it since I had some that needed using. It was my first bundt cake ever and it came out looking amazing. Thanks!

    • Hi Sue, hooray! That’s so great to hear! Thanks for sharing your story, I love hearing that your son gave the cake the thumb’s up. That’s always the true test! Take care and thanks again. :)

  31. Thank you for putting up the Nutrition Facts.
    Thanks for the great recipe!!! I have made this two times now. Perfect to go with any drizzle or icing. Love it!

    • So glad you love it! And happy I could help out (finally) with the nutrition facts. I am slowly working my way through all the recipes. You are not the only one who has asked for such information, so I’m happy to finally start sharing it. Take care! Thanks again for your kind words!

  32. Can weuwe smthng jnstead of butter?

    • Hey Hamdah! You could try, but I’m not sure what it would be off the top of my head. I would have to retest the recipe. Do you mean something like a vegan butter substitute (i.e., earth balance). I am not sure if those are a 1-to-1 swap. Sorry about that!

  33. Another excellent recipe Meggan. This really is a wonderful and almost forgotten vintage 1920’s-30’s cake recipe. This went right into my homemade cookbook for keeps. It’s that good. So thanks for bringing it back. One point i need to stress, and that is this recipe does need either whole or 2% milk. Some people seem to get so “worked up” about swapping out the regular ingredients for low or nonfat versions. That they don’t understand that anything less in fat content affects the flavor and texture {crumb} of the cake. Not to mention the keeping quality too. Any professional baker will tell you this. And if they do swap out to low/nonfat, you can tell immediately as the taste isn’t right. So i say, if using real butter and whole milk once in awhile gets a person upset. Then don’t bother making it! Keep up the good work Meggan.

    • Thank you so much for your comment Edmund! I am in culinary school now but I haven’t taken Principles of Baking yet. Once I do, all my recipes will need to be rewritten to reflect information such as what you have just provided. One thing I really believe is that fat doesn’t make you fat anyway, sugar more likely does. But anyway, I’m all about real butter and whole milk and I always have heavy cream on hand. In my cooking classes the instructors stress that restaurant food is good because they always use so much butter. And like you said, if you’re going to make a cake, make a cake! Thanks again for your comment and I will definitely put in the recipe that lean and fat-free dairy should not be used. Take care and I hope you have a lovely weekend. PS Glad you liked the cake! :)

  34. After reading all the comments I will definitely give it a try!!!! Any idea of the butter measure in grams? I was thinking of replacing the sugar with condensed milk, what do you think ??

  35. I had never heard of hot milk cake til I met my former mother-in-law. It was her favorite so I HAD to find a recipe and in one of my River Roads books there it was, and it was so easy with nothing but basic ingredients!! This is a fantastic cake that’s even better with a thick chocolate buttercream frosting!!!

    • THICK chocolate buttercream frosting. Judy, I think you have just answered the question “What is the meaning of life?” The answer is, thick chocolate buttercream frosting. :) Sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for visiting. :)

  36. I usually don’t bake, I just make puddings Bread & banana. I had a taste for something sweet so I started looking for a simple cake recipe. I made the hot milk cake the day after Thanksgiving. Well it came out perfect & was very good. My son & husband really enjoyed it to. So this is my go to simple cake.

    • Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for the kind words! I am so glad you found it, made it, and liked it. And if it passes the husband/children test, all the better. :) Thanks again and take care, I appreciate your support!

  37. This cake is SOOOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!! I just made 8 of these for Christmas gifts and I have heard from everyone that they love them!!!!

    • EIGHT! You’re amazing, Leanne! So happy that everyone loved them, it’s one of my favorite recipes. :) Happy New Year!

  38. You mentioned that you updated the recipe and added butter? What did it use before?

    • Hi Diana, sorry for the confusion! Her recipe used less butter, not a full stick. I will go clarify that in my post (once I dig out her recipe and see exactly what amount she used; I cannot remember). Thanks.

  39. Hi Meggan, should i add the hot milk into the sugar-egg mixture when it still hot / slightly warm?

    • Hi Nia, yes. The milk was hot but then you turn the heat to low. It’s still pretty hot though when you add it in to the batter. I think that’s where the name Hot Milk Cake comes from, it’s weird but it works! Thanks for your question, I’ll fix up the post so it is clear. Thanks.

  40. Hi Meggan this delicious cake recipe
    Is there hot milk chocolate cake recipe????

    • Hi Salma, I don’t have a recipe for Hot Milk Chocolate Cake, but the world needs it! I’ll add it to my list. Thank you for your comment! Take care. :)

  41. This recipe is a winner. Thank you so much for this absolutely simple and delicious cake.I made it 2 days ago. We had a Hi Tea party at home and I wanted to bake something that perfectly goes with tea/coffee. all I heard there was cake , cake and cake !!! Lol :D and my Scottish bakery fan Father in law is very choosy about cakes but he loved it. I’m definitely going to make it again. Two thumbs up !!! 

    • Hi Javaria, thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I’m so happy it worked out and everybody liked it. Makes my day. :) Have a great weekend and thanks again, I appreciate you!

  42. It is unbelievable that I found this post today. I was talking to a friend yesterday about looking for my Hot Milk Sponge cake recipe as i “needed” to make one! Now I can stop looking and stzrt baking. I always add a. Chocolate fudge frosting
    Thanks for the recipe.

  43. Hi Meggan  can I add maple extract instead of vanilla extract?

  44. I have made Hot Milk Sponge cakes for years, as I grew up eating it. I am 75 years young,! Sometimes I bake it in a 9×13, with parchment paper, when cooked, remove from pan, let cool. I slice it in half horizontally then fill it with Cornstarch Pudding (another oldie recipe) put sliced bananas on top of the pudding, add top layer of cake, dust with Confectioners sugar. Refrigerate. Yummy. Now to go make one😋

  45. My 13 year old and I have just made this. I have coeliac disease so substituted my favourite gluten free flour. And we made cheese recently from our raw milk, so had heaps of whey. So used that instead of milk. It was YUM! And for my daughter to comment that she couldn’t tell it was gluten free means it really was good :-) We have a new favourite cake. Thanks!

  46. Dear, Meggan if I use electric oven for this recipe, will it affect the texture of the cake ?
    also,if I separate the eggs and whip in the egg white will the result be good ?

    • Hello Louisa! I am sure an electric oven would be fine. I can’t see why not. You mean electric as opposed to gas, right? I am not sure about separating the eggs and whipping the whites. Sounds like more work to me! You could try it, I’d love to hear how it goes! Thanks.

  47. Dear Meggan thanks for your prompt response

  48. I’m making right now, and am hoping it doesn’t spill over. I don’t know the size of my bunt pan but it seems like a lot of batter for it and I don’t know how much this cake rises…I put a baking tray underneath just in case

    • Please report back, Melissa! I feel like bundt pans are pretty much all once sized (I once tried to find a “bigger” one and could all find ones that were all the same no matter where I looked. But I’m glad you put a baking tray underneath just in case. Good insurance! I hope it works for you. I feel like you’ll have no problems. Crossing fingers!

  49. We love this cake! I just got one out of the oven for our family’s annual fourth of July celebration. We top ours with homemade strawberry freezer jam and whipped cream! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  50. Wonderful cake. Tastes buttery, yet it has a light and spongy texture. Loooove it. Thanks for this delicious cake. 

  51. Hi Meghan,

    I’m a beginner baker, and have tried many recipes. But most of them didn’t come out right. Your recipe was easy to follow and the cake came out perfect.
    I must say your recipe is my favorite. I’ve made it 3 times in the past week. Once for work,one for my church and today at work I got another request for it again.
    The cake came out wonderful, fluffy and delicious. I made a batch a fresh strawberry topping with whipped cream. My husband who doesn’t eat cake, LOVES this cake and asked me to make it every Sunday.
    Thank you for a simple and lovely dessert.

    • Hi Dawn! Thank you SO MUCH for this lovely, thoughtful comment! The strawberry topping sounds delicious and I should definitely add a post of that to my blog so I can share it with others. I am so grateful for your kindness and support. The world needs more people like you! And more cakes. :) Thanks again!

  52. Hi, any chance you could please give me the ingredients in metric form??? I’m from the UK and we don’t work in cups…
    Thank you

    • Hello Danai! Yes! Thanks for reminding me to add that. If you go back to the recipe and look immediately above the word “instructions” you will see that it now says “US Customary” and “metric.” If you hit “metric” it will show you the ingredients in metric. I hope this helps you and works for you! Please let me know. Thank you!

    • Hi Danai! Sorry it took me so long to respond – I had to add the recipe list for printing. It’s added now! So what you should do is go to the recipe card near the bottom of the post (but before the comments) and you’ll find a “print” button. And then you can print the list of the breakfast ideas. I hope this works for you! If not please let me know. Thanks!

  53. I hadn’t heard of this cake before, which is surprising since both my grandmothers lived through The Great Depression and one of them helped her dad with their little dairy farm in west Texas. Both precious grandmothers passed away recently and I needed a bit of nostalgia tonight, so I made this cake.  It turned out very good.  I had to sub with coconut milk and used half coconut sugar, half regular sugar.  My cake has a caramel hint to it.  I also made a mistake and reversed the order of adding the hot milk and flour!!  But that didn’t seem to affect the results.  Thank you for the recipe!

  54. Can I make it in a 6cup bundt cake pan? 
    Just not use all of the batter, and follow the same cooking time and directions?

    • Hi Carol! You can definitely try it. I haven’t done it, so I can’t say for sure if the baking time would need to be reduced. I’d keep it at the same temperature, but just check it sooner. It might be done faster. But yes, give it a shot! Thanks. :D

  55. So good, just like my grandmother used to make. Except she made it in a 8×13 cake pan. It took approximately 40 minutes to bake in the cake pan. My grandmother topped hers with a simple cinnamon/sugar mix. Made this for my husband’s birthday, he thought it was amazing!

    • Hi Amber, this is fantastic! I love the idea of a cinnamon/sugar mix, that’s perfect! I appreciate your kind words and I love that you grandma used ot make it. <3 So lovely! Take care.

  56. It was delicious! I found this recipe recently and wanted to try it for our Christmas lunch, The family loved it. We just left it plain this time, though I may want to add a topping next time. Or I may just leave it as it is (plain). It’s a recipe to keep and share!

    Thank you for the recipe! It’s one we definitely plan on making again.

  57. I accidentally stumbled upon this recipe when I was researching cat head biscuits. With nothing better to do on a sub-zero, blizzardy day, I whipped up this super easy cake and it did not disappoint. I did a very (very) light dusting of powdered sugar, more for garnish than anything, but otherwise served plain. The cake is amazing – luscious flavor, moist and is definitely one I’ll make again and again. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  58. I just had my first crumbles of this (clearly didn’t grease and flour adequately, so I ate the pieces stuck in my bundt pan ;)). I could imagine so many sauce, glaze combos, with this awesome cake. I’ll be making it again soon. thanks for sharing. 

  59. Hi. I’m hoping to make this cake for the first time in a couple of days for my sons birthday?  But I only have the standard 8 inch sandwich cake tins. Will the cake bake ok in those?  Do I need to reduce the amount I place into the tins? And baking time? Thanks. Saima

  60. No, it will not fit an 8 inch round cake pan, unless you split batter in two, not one, pans. 
    Expect time it takes to bake to be less than the 60 minutes required for this recipe. I would try checking cake for doneness at the 30 minute mark. 

  61. I am from Wisconsin and have been making this cake for over 50 years. Great easy homemade cake. I also wil pour it into a cookie sheet with sides makes a terrific shortcake

  62. My sweet mom always made this. My dad liked to shake the kitchen floor in hopes of the cake falling. He loved it that way lol. Making this now in loving memory. Thank you!   I enjoy reading and making recipes from the depression era. 

  63. Can you pls suggest me Egg replacement if any? 

  64. Just another pan size FYI – I was in a bit of a hurry and too lazy to dig out a bundt or tube pan, so I put it in a 13 x 9 glass baking dish and baked it for 45 minutes. It came out beautifully. I am dreaming of this cake with whipped cream and fresh picked strawberries when they come in season.

  65. Spongy, light, just sweet enough, delicious,  I am not a baker, this was a cheering moment in my kitchen.  Cup of tea, slice of Hot Milk Cake perfect.  Only mistake I made was to not grease and flour my bundt pan enough.  Stuck just a bit.  

  66. Can u replace milk for heavy cream? 

  67. Do u use unsalted butter or salt

    • Hi Barb, I use salted butter. In a perfect world it would be unsalted butter, but a lot of people don’t keep that on hand. So I tend to bake with salted butter, and I have never run into a problem doing that. However, every once in a while I will call out unsalted butter specifically if I think it actually matters. I just think in general a lot of people don’t buy/won’t buy unsalted butter. But of course in culinary school we are taught to ONLY bake with unsalted butter so… tough call. In my experience the cake tastes good either way. Thanks.

  68. Mine came out watery can I add more flour

    • Hi Barb, I just sent you an email with a picture of what the cake batter should look like. While you *could* add more flour to the batter, 1). You shouldn’t have to, and 2). I don’t know what will happen if you do. Baking is a science and I don’t have a Ph.D. in it, I prefer to just follow recipes. But if you followed the recipe you shouldn’t have any problems. Let me know what happens! Thanks.

  69. Hello :) I’ve read your comments and the other viewers comments and i’m a little confused. Do i use buttermilk or just milk as listed in ingredients list? 

  70. This cake is EVERYTHING. 

  71. I love love love this cake. Anywhere I take it, people ask me for the recipe!

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