Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Hot Milk Cake | Basic Cake Recipe

Hot Milk Cake , an easy to make pillowy soft delicious cake. This cake can be served as a tea time snack or can be used as a basic cake for any type of frosting. 

It's one of my favourite cakes to bake at home. The recipe is so simple and gives a perfect texture to the cake every SINGLE time. 

The technique of using hot milk to the cake batter is an old-fashioned method. Adding hot milk to the cake batter gives a head start to the baking before putting the batter into the oven, so it gives a huge rise and super spongy texture to the cake. 

In our home, we're not fond of frosting on the cake, so I stick to either the fruit based cakes that don't need any frosting or this hot milk cake. Just a little bit of sprinkled sugar and fresh fruits on top of this cake makes such an attractive cake for any occasion.

While baking this cake for evening snacks,  i usually use my loaf pan and it gives a beautiful risen dome at the centre. But in today's recipe, i have used the round pan and also used cake stripes around the cake to prevent the rising on the top because we used this for a cake cutting ceremony at home for little celebration.

If you're a beginner and would love to try some cake recipes at home, i highly recommend this cake to you because it's such a fool proof cake recipe.  

Before moving on to the recipe, let me answer some FAQ about the hot milk cake.

How hot should the milk be?
Add the milk and frozen butter to the pan and heat it. Once. the butter melts completely, then the milk is ready to add into the cake batter. At that time, the milk starts to bubble from the sides too. No need to wait for the milk to boil. 

How long does it stay well ?
It stays well for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. For more days, you can freeze them. 

Any pro tips for beginners ?
Add the vanilla essence at the end  after adding the hot milk into the batter. It helps to have great flavor in the cake.  

Now let's move to the recipe.

Hot Milk Cake | Basic Cake Recipe

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 40 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Cake | Recipe Cuisine: American
Hot milk cake, Basic Cake recipe, Hot Milk Cake , an easy to make pillowy soft delicious cake. This cake can be served as a tea time snack or can use as basic cake for any type of frosting.
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Sugar -1/2 cup*
Egg -  2
Oil - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
* I have used 2 tbsp less of 1/2 cup.

Preheat the oven @ 350 F. 
Crack open the eggs in a bowl, whisk it well until it's pale yellow, then add the sugar and salt.
Whisk it until it's foamy and  then add the oil and whisk it well. 
Next add the flour and baking powder in a sieve and sieve it into egg & sugar mixture.
In the side, heat the milk and butter. Gently mix the flour with the egg mixture.
Once the butter melts completely and the milk starts to bubble at the corner, remove from the heat and add that into the cake batter and mix it well. 
Finally add the vanilla essence and give a quick mix. Butter the cake pan and  lined with parchment paper. Pour the cake batter and tap it a couple of times to remove any air bubbles.
This step is totally optional. Wet a couple of paper towels and place it on the foil paper and fold it in a way that the paper towels are completely inside the foil paper. Wrap that foil paper around the cake pan. I have learned that these stripes are help to get flat cakes or else you can use the  commercial cake stripes available in the make if you prefer flat cake top.
Put the cake pan in the oven and bake it for around 35-40 mins. Once the tooth pick inserted into the centre comes out clean, remove from the oven, place it on the cooling rack. Once it cooled down a bit, invert the pan, cake will slide off easily and then remove the parchment paper.
Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and put on some cherries or strawberries. Delicious hot milk cake is ready to serve.

Related: How to make spinach muffin 

It's time to dig in ! Plain cake itself tastes amazing ! 
  • Make sure to add the vanilla essence at the last for great flavor.
  • You can bake this cake in loaf pan also. It makes a perfect slice for tea or coffee! 
  • The leftovers can stay well in refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. Cake looks so delish ! Skipping egg will not give the same texture ..right ?

    1. Thanks. Yes, without egg, the texture would be different