Hot Milk Cake

Are you looking for a simple and easy to make cake this summer?  A cake that can be topped with delicious fruit.  Hot Milk Cake is the perfect cake to pair with fruit and almost any topping.  This delicious, light, not overly sweet cake will be especially good in summer topped with strawberries, blueberries, peaches and many other summer fruits.  Say hello to your new favorite summer dessert.

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Hot Milk Cake

What is hot milk cake

I never heard of Hot Milk Cake until I ran across this simple homemade recipe in my Grace By the Sea Good Food Cookbook (from  Grace Lutheran Church By the Sea Nags Head, NC)

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After making it and researching it, I learned it is a classic cake, simply and deliciously flavored with vanilla and milk.  It’s made with hot or scalded milk, plenty of eggs and vanilla. The hot milk helps to give it a springy slightly crumby texture.  I thought it was a great combination of an angel food cake and a pound cake.

This cake is so versatile

As well as being so easy to make and tasting amazing, this cake can be served so many different ways and at so many different occasions.

  • Bake it in two layer pans and ice it for a birthday cake.
  • Bake it in a 13×9, ice it and serve for family dessert.
  • Bake it in a cute bundt, glaze and serve at a brunch gathering.
  • Bake it in a cute bundt and serve with a variety of fruit toppings for breakfast, dessert or brunch.
  • Bake it in a layer or bundt pan and drizzle it with caramel, hot fudge or any delicious sauce.
  • Bake in any pan and eat it naked while it’s still warm.

Hot milk cake toppings

Hot milk cake icings

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Hot milk cake ingredients

  • Eggs – Use room temperature eggs if possible.  Eggs help a cake hold its shape and add leavening.
  • Sugar – Use white granulated sugar.  This cake is not overly sweet.
  • Flour – I sifted my flour to remove any lumps and make it easier to mix into the other ingredients. Unsifted flour will not cause your cake to bomb.
  • Milk – I used whole milk, but this recipe or any of the recipes I saw didn’t specify what percentage fat.  Milk helps provide flavor and makes for a springier cake.
  • Butter – As I always beg, please use real butter.  Butter helps add flavor to a cake and helps give the cake a soft and tender texture.

How to make a hot milk cake

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease and flour you pan or pans.
  • Sift your flour
  • Combine your eggs, sugar, vanilla and flour and set aside.
  • Heat milk and butter until butter melts.
  • Pour milk/butter mixture over baking powder and let this work for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Incorporate milk/butter mixture into egg mixture.
  • Pour batter into pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake 10 to 15 minutes in the pan before removing.
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How to freeze hot milk cake

You can freeze hot milk cake, just don’t top it before you freeze it. To freeze the cake or a portion of the cake:

To freeze in slices:

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Hot Milk Cake Recipe

A simple cake that tastes lovely by itself, but is made for all types and flavors of toppings. Easy, no hassle recipe.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Recipe, old fashion, taste of home, easy, homemade, chocolate, strawberry, amazing, lemon, coffee, simple, coconut, yummy, apple, frosting, fruit, blueberry, buttercream, pretty
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16 Slices
Calories 240kcal
Cost $1.75



  • 4 Eggs Room Temperature
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour Sifted
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Butter 1 Stick
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Grease and flour Tube, bundt or (2) 8 inch layer pans
  • Beat 4 eggs, one at a time.
  • Add 2 cups sugar, one at a time.
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla
  • Add 2 cups sifted flour and incorporate.
  • Heat 1 cup milk with 1 stick of butter.
  • Once hot and butter is melted, pour over 2 tsp baking powder.
  • Let this work 1 to 2 minutes and add to sugar/egg mixture.
  • Pour batter into greased pan.
  • Bake 45 minutes if using tube or bundt pan
    Bake 25 – 30 minutes for layer pans
  • Stick a sharp knife or tooth pick in to see if done. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, it's done. If there's batter on the knife or tooth pick, it's back in the oven.
  • Cool 10 to 15 minutes and release for pan.


Calories: 240kcal
Hot Milk Cake


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  1. Kenny cline says:

    This has been my favorite cake all my life. After my wife passed, I couldn’t find the receipe. My mom wouldn’t remember it. Funny you found it in a North Carolina church book. My folks are from North carolina. Thank you.

    1. Wow, this makes me so happy. I’m so glad you shared this. This is a great, simple cake. It tastes delicious and you can top and pair it with so much. I do hope you enjoy it. Please let me know how it works out for you. Post a comment and picture if you can. Thanks again.

  2. 4 stars
    Great cake. Did not easily release from a Bundt pan but good just the same

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment. Good to know the release from the bundt pan wasn’t easy. I used a tube pan w/o all the crevices. Super glad you enjoyed it. A delicious, classic cake. Thanks again.

  3. 1 star
    Terrible outcome. I followed the directions and the outcome was that the inside of the cake remained uncooked, even after leaving it in the oven an extra half an hour. What a waste of eggs (that are expensive) and sugar. This is NOT a keeper.

    1. I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work well for you. I’d love to help you troubleshoot any issues if you’d like to email me at [email protected].

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