Hot Milk Sponge Cake

If you’re looking for that cake to serve with fresh spring berries, here it is, Hot Milk Sponge Cake. Simple ingredients make for a perfect subtle cake that will set off all the glorious berries you care to indulge in this spring.

Once again I was inspired by the Great British Bake Off, this time beyond bread though! I moved on to a cake you see the hosts call for again and again, a sponge cake. I found many recipes for sponge cake but finally settled on making a Hot Milk Sponge Cake because I’d read about it before and had never had. When I found in my James Beard American Cookery Book I knew it was the sponge cake I wanted to make. I changed the prep method a tad by beating the egg whites first, then setting them aside to prepare the rest of the cake. This works well because you don’t have to wash out the bowl and try to beat egg whites to soft peaks in it, you can just go straight to beating egg yolks, which don’t care if they have a bit of white in them.

Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake


  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup milk hot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour you can substitute part or all of this with cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • pre-heat oven to 325˚
  • beat the 4 egg whites on medium high until the get foamy
  • slowly add one cup of the sugar then beat on high until soft peaks form
  • scrape the egg whites into a bowl while you prepare the rest of the cake
  • add the egg yolks to the mixing bowl the whites were, beat until thickened
  • add the rest of the sugar and beat until light
  • mix in the hot milk and vanilla
  • combine the flour, salt and baking soda together and fold them gently into the cake
  • fold in the egg whites by hand just until combined
  • scrape into an uncreased tube pan
  • bake for 50-55 minutes in a 325˚ oven
  • upon removal from the oven invert immediately
  • once cooled loosen it with a fork and gently ease it out of the pan
  • at this point you can slice it and serve it, frost it, ice it, drizzle it with berries or top it with whipped cream


Notes: you will need a tube pan you read it right, you don't grease the pan a stand mixer makes this easy to prepare