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Hot Milk Cake

I love simple old fashioned desserts. You know, the kind our grandmothers used to make. The simple, frugal kind. Sure, I like fancy cakes, pies, and cookies. I have quite a few of those recipes posted, but there is something about a simple dessert that I also really enjoy.

Many of the desserts from years ago were so simple and yet so good. They called for everyday ingredients. No fancy or gourmet ingredients were in them. They used and made due with what they had. What did they have? Simple yet good ingredients like eggs, butter, and milk. These were things they could easily get. They did not/could not run to the store for special ingredients.

We could and should learn a lot from those times. I know I need to learn a lot. I love to bake, but it is much more frugal to keep my baked goods simple. And I am learning that you don’t have to sacrifice taste in order to make a simple and frugal dessert. Simple and frugal can still be really good.

One old fashioned recipe that I have found is a version of a depression recipe. Simple, but oh so good. I made this the other day and it was so good. It is a great example of a dessert that does not cost a lot, but is still really good. It is really good served plain, but I also think this would be really good served with fresh fruit or berries.

For more frugal ideas and recipes see Frugal Fridays and Grocery Cart Challenge.

This recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Lost Recipes.

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  1. Snow White says:

    looks simple, easy and delicious. thanks for sharing.

  2. i will be trying this one too!

  3. Mommy's Kitchen says:

    I just found your blog. I love hot milk cake. I havent made it in awhle.

  4. Lynn, Would it be alright for me to post this recipe on our new Hands & Hearts for Him frugal blog? I will link to you on it.

  5. Susan that would be just fine.

  6. Lynn, this cake is going to be made at my house tonight! My sister gave me a bundt pan for my birthday and I have yet to use it. This recipe (I have all the ingredients in my cupboard right now!) is the perfect inaugural recipe! Thanks so much. I’m going to take your suggestion and thaw some frozen berries and serve them for people to drizzle as they wish. Thanks for the great recipe!


  7. I make something very similar to this but I add a hot sauce over it. It is made with butter, brown sugar and thickened with cornstarch. It is so good poured over warm. It was my great grandmothers recipe and has been passed down. Still a favourite. If you would like it you can e-mail me at

  8. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts says:

    This sounds so good and moist. I love vintage recipes too. So much, in fact that I have just started Vintage Recipe Thursday. You’re warmly invited to join all of us.

  9. Yum. I've never even heard of hot milk cake before. This sounds great.

  10. Oh! Wow! I love hot milk cakes! I make them at four times a week during mornings. My family love it. Sometimes I make variations – like instead of vanilla, I put banana extract. Or at times, I put grated cheese. Love the taste of it! Thanks for this post!

  11. Lynn, just wanted to share with you that this cake has become a family favorite. We love it with strawberries (or any kind of berries, really). I made it again today because we are having friends over for dinner and this will be the perfect dessert. Thanks for this recipe!

  12. Do you have to use a bundt pan, or would a regular square pan work? Thanks

  13. Beth Donock says:

    Just made this for my dad for fathers day! It was absolutely to die for! He likes plain cakes with no frosting and this was absolutely perfect! I used a 9×13 pan instead of a bundt pan and it turned out perfect! My dad is 81 and has a new favorite cake! Thank you!

    • That was so nice of you to make it for your dad! I am so glad he loved it. This is a simple yet delicious cake and I am glad you all enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

  14. Can you use skim milk?

  15. This is very similar to the “Cream Cake” my mother made long ago. We had milk cows and she used cream instead of milk. She measured everything in a teacup.

  16. Cheryl Welch says:

    I have been making this cake for over 50 years. I did not know it was a depression recipe. We like it hot from the oven with butter spread inside like cornbread. Cold it is great for strawberry shortcake. Love this cake.

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