Hot milk cake is one of the most popular traditional cakes. It’s a two layer cake that comes from Mid-Atlantic States. Commonly, it’s frosted with mocha icing. Once, people served this cake every year in the annual strawberry festival. The festival took place at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. So, this cake is originated from the United States.
In this era, you do not have to wait for the strawberry festival in some airport; you can make it by yourself at home. Hot milk cake is well-known for its distinctive taste. The main characteristic of this cake is the liquid component of the batter. For that, they use scalded milk. That makes this hot mil cake is not similar to traditional sponge cake.
There are some recipes you can follow in order to make this cake. All of the recipes you will get is not for the timid. If you are a newbie, there will be some failed attempts before you get it right. Among the recipes that spread all over the internet, here is one original and classic recipe of hot milk cake. This is the most recommended one, it’s used by many people when they make hot milk cake at home.
Classic Hot Milk Cake Recipe
Now, let me tell you the hot milk recipes for the best cake. Here the ingredients you need to prepare. 4 large-sized eggs, 2 cups of sugar, 2+ ¼ cups flour, 2+ ¼ teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1+ ¼ cups of milk, and 10 tablespoons unsalted butter. Those all are the ingredients for the cake. To make hot milk cake, frosting is important. So, you have to prepare the ingredients for the frosting.
The frosting needs 8 tablespoons of butter, 3 cups of confectioners’ sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2-4 tablespoons of milk. This is the ingredients for 13 servings of hot milk cake. You will need about 25 minutes for preparation and 35 minutes for the cook.
To get the oven ready, you need to preheat it to 350 degrees. Butter the 9-inch pan and flour it or line it in 13 with parchment paper. After preparing the oven, you need to get your mixer or mixing bowl. Pour in the eggs and mix it on high speed for 5 minutes. Make sure it’s thick, fluffy, and lemon-colored. Then, pour in the sugar, and the vanilla. The mixer should be on medium speed in this step.
Next, get the other bowl to start whisking the flour and baking powder together. Get it well combined on low speed. After it well-mixed, you need to get a small saucepan with the milk and butter in it, get it in medium heat. Stir it up until the butter is melted. Mix all ingredients in the some bowl to get it combined. Get the batter well-combined on medium speed,
After the batter is ready, pour it into the pan. Bake the batter at 350 degrees in the prepared oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. You can check the cake is cooked or not, by simply sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. If it’s still not clean, you have to wait a little longer.
After the cake is cooked, you need to cool it down in pan on wire rack. While you are waiting for the cake to cool down, you can make the frosting.
Get the frosting ingredients ready. Prepare a large bowl for beating the butter. Beat it on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Then, pour in the vanilla and continue beating them up. In a different bowl, beat in a cup of sugar then add a tablespoon of milk after that. Next, combine those two bowls into one bowl. Beat that all up for about 5 minutes on low speed. Add more milk until the consistency seems right.
Finally, the frosting is ready and your cake is cool down. It’s time to frost the cake, and give it a sprinkle as a garnish. After the hot milk cake is frosted all over, cool it up in the fridge. After all, the hot milk cake is ready to enjoy.
It’s probably a little bit funny, knowing the fact that the cake is served cool but the name is “hot”. Historically, people like to serve this cake hot. So, that is why they name it hot milk cake.
If you do not like the classic one, you can try to have various kinds of topping or frosting recipes. You can get different taste you like. You need to be creative in deciding the best ingredients for your next topping or frosting. The important thing to keep in mind is the batter recipe. It’s the basic recipe of all hot milk cake.
Besides normal white frosting, you can try adding chocolate into the frosting combination. You will have a chocolate hot milk cake. Broiled topping is also one of a unique topping choices you could add to your hot milk cake.