Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Hot Milk Sponge Cake with broiled frosting

The only thing that this cake needs is a new name. “Hot Milk Sponge Cake” doesn’t exactly say “I’m delicious!”. I had actually heard of this cake years ago when a co-worker mentioned that she had to make it for her husband’s birthday every year because growing up in his family this cake was “birthday cake”. Although the name didn’t sound very appealing, it did intrigue me.
Cake mixes came out in the 1930’s and became popular after WW II. As a result, many cakes that were commonly made before that have become practically unknown to the average American. I would say that is true of sponge cakes. They are, as the name implies, a spongy cake that is wonderful for soaking up drizzle or layering with fillings and frosting. Like angel food, they contain little or no fat. Unlike angel food, they aren’t found in box mixes.
This “hot milk” version is a little richer than the basic sponge cake, and I really like the texture and flavor. The broiled frosting that goes with it has great flavor and a tempting look. For someone like me that is not very adept at making things look good, I like appreciate that it just looks good on its own!
Time and Effort: Easy and relatively quick to make.
History: This is from “Home Baking Made Easy” published by the Occident Flour company in 1944.
Worth adding to your Recipe Repertoire: Yes! Great flavor and texture, looks nice, and easy to prepare. Makes 8 servings and it keeps well- nice for a small family.
Recipe: Hot Milk Sponge Cake
1 Cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbls butter
2 eggs
1 Cup sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup scalded milk
Beat eggs until light and lemon colored. Add sugar gradually and beat until thick. Add flavoring and salt. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Lastly, add the scalded milk and melted butter. Stir only enough to blend. Pour batter into oiled 8″x 8″ pan or round cake pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
When baked top with following icing:
3 Tbls melted butter
2 Tbls cream
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup shredded coconut
Combine icing ingredients and spread on hot cake. Place under broiler until bubbly ( a few minutes).
Cool and enjoy!

4 Responses

  1. JJ

    Looks good but how much milk? Don’t see it on the ingredients and the just says ‘add scalded milk’

  2. The directions say to add scalded milk, but it is not listed in the ingredients. How much scalded milk is in this recipe?

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