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Made Famous by the 50s Cake

This old fashioned cake recipe is sure to make YOU famous!

Updated February 23, 2021
Made Famous by the 50s Cake
Made Famous by the 50s Cake
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This delicious hot milk sponge cake was made famous in the 1950s, but is still completely delicious now. Hot milk might not sound the most appealing to you on first read, but trust us, this is one cake recipe you won't soon forget. Garnished with strawberries and powdered sugar, this cake is elegant and sophisticated enough for tea with your book club, or served at a holiday party. It's a light and fresh cake recipe that tastes divine any way you slice it. We love this recipe for Mother's day or Easter brunch, but it's versatile to eat all year round.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • fresh sliced strawberries and powdered sugar for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

  2. Heat milk in microwave for 20-25 seconds. 

  3. Drop the butter into the milk to melt it.

  4. With an electric mixer on high, beat the eggs 3 minutes until thick and lemon-colored. With machine running, gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  

  5. Add the milk and butter mixture to the eggs and sugar and continue using hand mixer to combine.

  6. Next, add in baking soda and salt. Then, still using your hand mixer, add in flour gradually until everything is well blended.

  7. Pour batter into greased cake pan.

  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cake tests done when a toothpick is inserted in the center. 

  9. Remove pan to a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cooling rack to cool completely. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar and garnish with strawberries (or berries of your choice) if desired.

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This '50's' cake looks so easy to make. I like the hot milk. I would definitely try it. It is so refreshing to make something quick and simple but tastes delicious. No frills, no fuss, just good taste. Sometimes you don't want to bogged down with details....adding frosting and toppings.. It's nice just to whip something up quickly which tastes delicious.

What an easy, old-fashioned recipe with basic ingredients. It looks very pretty, and Spring-like with strawberries. I like basic cake recipes that are not too rich.

One star for conflicting directions. The video shows the milk/butter being added before the remaining dry ingredients. But, the recipe says to "stir in" the dry ingredients then "stir in" the milk/butter. It sounds like stirring by hand is preferred, and the video shows and electric beater. Has anyone made this? Maybe someone could clarify, or advise if it makes a difference.

Thanks for letting us know the directions were confusing. We've edited them to better correspond to the video. Hopefully this is helpful. Have a great day! -Editor,

Sponge cake reminds me of angel food cake in texture. I am not sure why. I think it has to do with using hot milk. I have seen this cake referred to as Hot milk sponge cake. It is a nice light cake that goes well with strawberries or other fresh fruit.


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