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Slices of Milk Cake sprinkled with powder sugar on a cutting board

Milk Cake

Milk cake is a classic cake recipe that is rich, full of sweet vanilla and milk flavor, and made with simple ingredients. Enjoy a slice for dessert or a snack.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Cake Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl at medium speed, beat eggs with a whisk attachment for 5 minutes, until very thick and light yellow.
  • With the mixer still running, gradually add granulated sugar and continue whisking for five additional minutes. The mixture will be thick and light in color.
  • Add brown sugar and mix a few minutes longer.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the egg/sugar mixture and beat at low speed just until combined.
  • Heat the milk and butter in the microwave (or on the stovetop) until the butter is melted and the milk is scalding hot.
  • Stir the vanilla extract into the milk mixture. Pour the hot milk mixture into the batter and beat at low speed until combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake approximately 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a few crumbs, and the cake has pulled away from the edges of the pan.
  • Cool cake in the pan and dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

Notes

  • Milk cake has baking powder that helps with leavening, in addition to the eggs.
  • You can also cook this simple cake in a bundt pan!
  • Make sure your mixer is at medium speed for this step as this speed is needed to whip air into the eggs.
  • The low speed is needed so you don't fling the mixture out of the bowl.
  • In the microwave, it took us 2 minutes 30 seconds to melt the butter and get the milk hot. If needed, you can heat for an additional 30 seconds depending on your microwave.
  • The hot milk helps break up the batter and is a tried and true technique used in some “old-fashioned” recipes. The hot milk and melted butter add flavor and contribute to a pound cake-like texture.
 
PRO TIP: I only needed to bake mine for 30 minutes but the baking time will depend on your individual oven.