Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Hot Milk Sponge Cake

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

This is the easiest and best-tasting sponge cake you can imagine. It keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer. Spread a thin layer of raspberry preserves between the layers and a light dusting of confectioners' sugar over the top and you'll have a perfect cake for an impromptu tea party.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • ½ cup reduced-fat milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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  1. Butter the bottom and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine milk and 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until the butter is just melted. Set the pan aside.
  3. Stir flour and baking powder together, then sift onto a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl by hand to combine, then whisk in salt. Whisk in sugar in a stream, then whisk in vanilla. Then, using a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the mixture on medium-high speed until lighter in color and very light and fluffy in texture, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 5 minutes with a hand mixer.
  5. Gently whisk in the warm milk mixture by hand. Add the flour mixture in 4 additions, lifting the parchment paper to help you sprinkle it in. Use the whisk as you would a rubber spatula to fold the flour into the liquid, gently whisking to incorporate each time. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake in the center of the oven until golden and firm when touched in the center, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans on a wire racks for 10 minutes.
  7. Run a sharp paring knife around the layers to loosen, then invert the pans onto the racks.
  8. Immediately turn the layers over so they cool with the paper on the bottom. Let cool completely.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Wrap cooled cake airtight and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.
  • Equipment: Two 9-inch round cake pans, parchment paper
  • To bring eggs to room temperature, either set them out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge them (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes; the eggs will beat to a greater volume.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Per serving: 181 calories; 6 g fat(3 g sat); 0 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 52 mcg folate; 58 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 203 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 67 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 153 mg sodium; 50 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Reviews 1

August 01, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Once Lost, I've Found You Again! I am so happy to have found this recipe! It was one of the first cakes I learned to make as a teenager, but I lost my copy of the recipe. Today I decided that a Hot Milk Sponge Cake recipe has been missing from my recipe box for far too long. I Googled it and choose this recipe over all the others because it specifically directed me to whip the eggs and sugar till light and creamy, gently mix in the (heated but not scalded) milk, and fold in the flour in several steps. That's just how I remember my mom's recipe. The texture of the batter was perfect; silky but light, looked like it was capable of bubbling up, full of air. I have never had a HMSC turn out anything but perfect and this one did not disappoint; rich and tender, moist and dense. I refrigerate the layers before and after frosting. I modify it in many ways with special flavors (can't help it, it's so versatile!) and I'll have it memorized in no time. Right after I made this for my family today, I made it again, adding 1.5 cups of 'fruity crisp rice cereal' tossed with some fruit juice for a Confetti Birthday Cake (idea from that I'll take to a party tomorrow. I love this recipe! Pros: Consistently perfect, Easy, Will become your go-to recipe , Delicious Cons: Sticky!, Super sweet, Don't expect this to be a Dump Cake
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