Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hot Milk Cake

I love baking as much as cooking. As I have mentioned before one of the skill I acquired first. It was easier to follow a flawless written recipe than opening the pantry and get confused which dhal to use for sambar? But over the years, particularly after wedding, my baking skills started to fade away. Simply, I was left alone to finish the whole baking goodies. But when you have a kid, you cannot refuse any request whether they finish the whole cake or not. I bake weekly most of the time garlic bread sticks or pizza. I used the opportunity to try one of my bookmarked recipes long back. 
The hot milk cake was invented at the Great Depression era. The government rationed the butter, sugar and many common items. They sent it to those troops overseas. This old fashioned cake has literally No butter and hot milk is key which reacts with baking powder. This simple chemical reaction makes the bubbling effect and produce carbon dioxide. I promise if you fold the flour immediately by hand you can see the bubble and hear it too. Cool part to do with kids :)
My first failed attempt
My first failed attempt of Hot milk cake
My first attempt was Sans butter the same recipe, it looked perfectly doomed but they were rubbery inside. My son had a hard time to peel the cupcake liner. I have over mixed, didn’t beat well my eggs and did some couple of mistakes. I googled and found in wiki, the recipe was not for the timid and expect couple of failed attempts. I tried again the next day but after well going through many recipes and reviews. The second time, the cake was moist and spongy great if you want to use with fresh fruits/cream, or even with icecream for the summer without much fat.
Important note:
The eggs should be at room temperature
The eggs should be beaten very well ( at least 5 minutes)
Milk should be hot (not boiling) while pouring in mixture.
Immediately fold the flour mixture (to bubble/chemical reaction) –no over mixing.
No overbake !
Hot milk cake
Recipe source from here
Only reduced the amount of sugar by half and little amount of salt
Recipe source from here
I modified the sugar level and salt


All-purpose flour: 1 cup
Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
Table salt: 1/4 tsp
• 2 large eggs
Granulated sugar: 1/2 cup
Milk 2 percent: ½ cup
Unsalted butter: 1 tablespoon
Vanilla extract: 1 tsp


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a small loaf pan or baking dish or use any silicone mold (no need of any greasing which I did). Bring the eggs at room temperature or keep the eggs 5 minutes in hot tap water.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
With a Hand mixer or KA with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs until light, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add the sugar and beat until mixture is light yellow, about 8 min.

While the eggs and sugar are beating, bring the milk and butter to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir the vanilla into hot milk.

With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture. Mix until combined and then fold the flour mixture by hand (for precaution of not over mixing), you can really see the bubbling effect. Pour the batter into prepared pan or in cupcake mold. The batter is quiet liquid don’t panic.

Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes, insert the toothpick to test. Do not overbake.

Note: if you don't follow exactly - expect a failure.

It could be served this way

Great for triffle idea, served with fresh berries and whipped cream. If you don't like shortcake biscuit this cupcake is a great substitute.
If you are looking something light to go with fresh berries this old fashioned Hot cake milk is a great steal.


Happy Cook / Finla said...

I have heard about this recipe but never ever tried them, i love that you didn't give up after the first faliure. Bookmarking this one.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious cupcakes

Priya said...

As told this cake sounds prefect for making trifles.Wish to finish that cake topped with strawberry n cream.. Cant wait to try it.

Laavanya said...

Oh my! That cake does look so spongy and perfect. i've not made this hot-milk cake before.

Manasi said...

What a lovely cupcake , loved the last picture.
I would like to try this, but any failed attempts in baking scare me:(
.. but as u say, fun t bake with kids, that makes ths perfect for me.

notyet100 said...

Luved the way
U have assembled the cake with berries and cream,,even I luv baking these days,,:)

sowmya's creative saga said...

love the way you served it..looks simply delicious.. I have a hot milk sponge recipe in my blog too..

Turmeric n Spice said...

First time here. These cupcakes are soo cute

Nina Munchen said...

Hi Cham,
Your hot milk cakes looks so fresh. :)
I don’t mind eat this every day. LOL.
Thank you for sharing. :)
You can submit your hot milk cakes pics on It is a food (and drink of course) photography site where members can submit all food (and drink of course (again) LOL ) pictures that make readers hungry.
Well, you know it’s fun to make others hungry (and thirsty)! :D

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

That cake looks so soft and yummy. Good that you tried again. With strawberries and cream it should have tasted great !!

Apu said...

Delicious!! Loving the strawberries with it!!

Uma said...

mmm. tempting cake, especially the last pic with strawberry cream. Nice recipe. looks so soft and spongy. Yum!!

Lakshmi/LG said...

I just wanted to pick that cupcake and eat it right away! It looks so tempting!

hemalata said...

So cute n yummy cup cakes, looks so tempting.

Srivalli said...

Wow Cham, love how good those cakes look..great job!

ruchikacooks said...

I have not heard about hot milk cake, will try this soon! Looks delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Oh Cham you are courageous to try it second time, I don't get the courage if something goes wrong at first place. These look extremely soft and delectable

Bong Mom said...

Your pics are so good Cham. Love the one on the liner...looks like a reflection

Kanan said...

wow. cake is so good. love this you ended up with strawberries and cream

Usha said...

This looks just perfect and so very tempting :)