Hot Milk Cake

Saturday, April 11, 2020
This Hot Milk Cake is a sweet cake baked using lots of milk and basic simple pantry ingredients.

It's the perfect cake to make when you have milk to use up and it's about to expire.

If you really want a fantastic old vintage recipe made from scratch this is it.

The smell of it baking alone will make your mouth water with its sweet aroma.

We have made this is so many different flavors from the original vanilla to using lemon with zest and so many more suggestions I will give you below.

We love homemade scratch cakes, and back when I was growing up, mom never used a mix.

Our favorite desserts then and now making mom's recipes takes us right back in time to those days with fond memories of her.

I love making her Spanish Bar Cake and Pistachio Cake, and Chocolate or Zucchini Cakes all vintage and so delicious.

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this is a lemon scratch cake using hot milk butter and on white plate with a sprig of mint

What Is Hot Milk Cake?

This is a very old fashioned cake from the 1940s time period and mom, of course, made the best!

Milk, eggs, butter, flour, and a few other simple pantry ingredients, make this easy baked treat turn into a delicious sweet moist dessert cake we all loved.

We had milk delivered to our door back then when I was a child and the top of the milk always had a thick two inches of heavy cream mom would whip is fresh for this cake.

Mom always served this cake warm out of the oven with freshly whipped cream and sometimes fresh fruits on top.

If there were any leftovers, we would just have the cake sprinkled with powdered sugar the next day.

Years of vintage delicious childhood memories continue to be made in my kitchen in mom's memory and this delicious scratch cake awaits you!

this is three square pieces of hot milk cake on a plate sprinkled with powdered sugar they are on a white plate with mint in the back on a grey board.

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Hot Milk Cake

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • whole milk (substitutions coconut milk, nut milk, evaporated milk, 2 % milk)
  • butter
  • vanilla extract or see optional flavors below
  • Optional Flavors: orange extract, lemon extract, almond extract, anisette extract
  • Garnish topping: powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream and fresh fruits optional

this is a 13 by 9 sheet pan of hot milk cake baked

Tools You Will Need

  1. 13 x 9 baking pan
  2. Cooking spray or parchment paper
  3. Electric hand mixer
  4. Whisk
  5. Spatula
  6. Mixing bowl
  7. Mixing spoons
  8. Measuring cups and measuring spoons

this is the raw batter for hot milk cake

Other Flavor Suggestions

  • Lemon extract and Lemon zest
  • Orange extract and Orange zest
  • Coconut extract and Flaked coconut
  • Almond extract and Slivered almonds
  • Anisette extract
  • Any kind of nuts you like can be added
  • Chocolate chips around 2/3 cup

this is an electric beater whipping cake batter for hot milk cake

More Recipes We Love:

Chocolate Whiskey Cake
Coconut Poke Cake
Sour Cream Coffee Cake Cupcakes
Sour Milk Cake
Zucchini Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
Glazed Lemon Loaf
Banana Cake Mix Cake

this is milk and butter melted in a small saucepan

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Easy Recipes

I love easy recipes with simple ingredients and this vintage recipe for hot milk cake will certainly be a perfect addition to your recipe files.

The flavors bring back warm feelings and everything made from scratch in the kitchen with wholesome ingredients everyone always had sitting around the pantry.

Hope you enjoy this or remember this one from your childhood that grandma or mom made, we love this one, give it and try and let me know how you like it!

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Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake

This is a great way to use up milk called hot milk cake. A vintage cake mom made back in the 1940s using ordinary pantry ingredients. The cake can be served plain, with powdered sugar, fresh fruits, and cream and super simple to make.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 34 MTotal time: 44 M


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk (substitutions coconut milk, nut milk, evaporated milk, 2 % milk)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or see optional flavors below
  • Optional Flavors: orange extract, lemon extract, almond extract, anisette extract, coconut extract
  • Others Additions: 2/3 cup nuts of any kind or/and chocolate chips
  • Garnish topping: powdered sugar
  • Parchment Paper or Cooking Spray for 13 x 9 sheet pan


How to cook Hot Milk Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking oil spray or lined with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric beater, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, then gradually beat into the egg mixture.
  5. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat milk and butter until butter is melted. 
  6. Gradually add to batter, beating until combined. 
  7. Stir in the vanilla or any flavoring you're using. 
  8. Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  10. Let cool completely, then cut into squares.
  11. Garnish with a sprinkle powdered sugar.


Notes: cake can be served with any assorted fresh fruits and whipped cream.
Only use butter, not margarine.
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More Cake Recipes:

We love easy doctored cake mix recipes check out our favorites with Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix Cake, Carrot Cake That Taste Like Scratch Cake, Semi-Homemade Red Velvet Cake, and one of our all-time easy favorites Mock Cassata Italian Cake Mix Cake.

this is squares of cake with powdered sugar on top called hot milk cake


  1. Very soft and tender...wish I could taste a slice with my morning tea now :-))

  2. I love that I have all the ingredients right now!! (Obviously I'm trying to avoid the grocery store!) Can't wait to make this!

  3. Everyone at my house loved it! Tasted SO good!

  4. Sweet, delicious and easy to follow!

  5. Love how easy and delicious this recipe is. It's perfect for a gathering or a party.

  6. new cake on me but sounds really tasty and looks delicious thanks for sharing
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  7. This sounds wonderful! I just love 'old' recipes with new twists!


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