old fashioned hot milk cake


this hot milk cake makes a delicious anytime snack, and is as simple to make as a box | heathersfrenchpress.com

I have a strange fascination with vintage recipes.

Healthy, they are not.

Mayonnaise, lard, a lot of red meat, ground beef, and in the case of the 1950’s canned soups and vegetables were popular as well.

Some recipes are actually pretty gross,

but I simply cannot get enough. Vintage book stores have been a new obsession of mine, and I’m afraid I may need to rent a storage room just to house my ever growing collection.

made with only simple ingredients, this easy hot milk cake is a great anytime snack | heathersfrenchpress.com

So don’t be surprised if you start to see a collection of retro recipes on the blog. I am  having too much fun not to share with you.

I have a few of my grandmother’s old handwritten cookbooks as well, and in most vintage cookbooks you will find some form of this hot milk sponge cake. Many are two layers and served with frosting, but my grandmother’s is much more simple. The perfect snack cake plain, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream (my personal fave).

simple old fashioned hot milk cake

I love this recipe because it is so simple to prepare, and made with  pantry staples. I know you all have flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla at home. If you can prepare a box cake mix, you can make this simple hot milk cake from scratch. Just don’t be shy when you are beating the eggs and sugar. The lighter and fluffier the better.

old fashioned hot milk cake


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup HOT milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • heat oven to 350 degrees
  • butter and flour a square baking pan (8x8 or 9x9)
  • sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg (if using)
  • add the butter to the hot milk, and let sit
  • beat the eggs and sugar until very pale and fluffy (5 - 6 minutes)
  • add vanilla, and then mix in the flour
  • gradually pour in the hot milk, and mix until everything is combined
  • pour into the prepared pan
  • bake 25 minutes
  • cool cake on a rack
  • serve plain, with powdered sugar, or whipped cream and fruit

Hot milk cake topped with fruit and cream, you could consider this cake breakfast as well as a snack

simple old fashioned hot milk cake


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