Hot Milk Cake/ Sponge Cake / Vanilla Cake

Looking for a cake that is spongy and has a perfect vanilla flavor? Hot milk cake fits it all. The butter and the hot milk gave the cake a very nice texture similar to pound cake. This cake reminds me of the sponge cake from Butter Sponge bakery in Bangalore. I have used this cake as a base for many kinds of cakes. Its perfect to soak in some sugar syrup/ milk and add the toppings of your choice.  This cake was a perfect base cake for the Honey cake and Rasmalai Tres Leches cake .


flour mixture
all purpose flour 1 cup
baking powder 1 tsp
salt 1/4 tsp

wet ingredients
sugar 3/4 cup
eggs 2 @ room temperature
vanilla extract 1 tsp
milk 1/2 cup
unsalted butter 2 tbsp


Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
Grease and dust flour in a 9 inch round pan.
In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Keep the flour mixture aside.
Heat milk and butter until the butter melts in a separate bowl. Keep aside but keep it hot. (Note: can heat on stove top or in a microwave oven)
Take a big bowl, add the sugar, vanilla and eggs.
Beat it with an electric mixer or whisk, until light and fluffy (should be about triple in volume)
Note: took about 5 mins with high speed when using electric mixer
Whisk in the flour mixture.
Whisk in the hot milk-butter mixture.
Pour the batter into prepared pan, tap against counter and bake for 30 minutes until cake springs back when touched on top.
Note: when cake is done, the top will be browned and edges will come away from the pan.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then carefully invert out.
Cool right side up on a wire rack.

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