Hot Milk Chocolate Cake

I was browsing through a pile of my old recipe books the other day looking for some inspiration and out fell a handwritten page with a few shopping items written in Afrikaans; first clue this wasn’t mine, secondly I write in all capital letters and this was all in lower case.  The recipe portion of the page was in English though and the ingredients were written in such an odd order with a couple of corrections along the way – I list my ingredients in the order in which they get used so further proof that this recipe was not written down by me.  I also write the name of the person I get a recipe from or where I have copied it from.

Sadly I have no idea who’s it is but loved the idea of a hot milk cake so put all the books aside and preheated the oven while I got all the ingredients together.

Hot milk chocolate cake 3

The cake itself was lovely and spongy and moist but the flavour was somewhat insipid- I would at a minimum double the quantity of cocoa called for to get the desired result of a chocolate cake – also by using the stated amount of cocoa made the cake look like coffee cake.

Hot milk chocolate cake 1

Hot Milk Chocolate Cake


4 eggs
1½ cups sugar – I am sure this could be reduced to 1 cup
2 cups cake flour
4 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa – I would increase this to 5 tbsp
2 tbsp butter – I would substitute this with oil
1 cup milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Spray two 20cm baking tins with non stick spray.
  3. Beat the eggs well.
  4. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add the butter to the milk and heat to boiling point.
  7. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and fold in.
  8. Add the milk and mix well.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins and lightly tap the tins to expel any air bubbles and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Once cooled ice as desired.

Hot milk chocolate cake 2


49 thoughts on “Hot Milk Chocolate Cake

    • Glad you like the recipe Ada. I think hot milk sponge cakes are an antiquated way of baking. Just be sure to increase the amount of cocoa so you have a nice flavourful cake. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  1. Looks yummy! I also had found some recipes several weeks ago but sadly, no title was written. It’s a chicken recipe so I have to figure out later on what’s was that. I am bookmarking this! 🙂

    • I was very intrigued when I found this recipe. What’s even more odd is I don’t remember seeing it before! Hope you get to the bottom of your chicken recipe mystery. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo

  2. Oh that looks very tasty. I don’t know about you but I have so many handwritten recipes stuffed into my cookbooks, that most of the bindings have broken. I’m not very good about noting where I got them from & sometimes when I go through them I wonder – why did I ever save this one?

    • Good to know I’m not the only one! I did however, forever ago, paste all of my handwritten recipes which I got from my mom and aunt into an arch lever file but then to come across a straggler like this one is beyond me, especially being written in Afrikaans… Hmm, the mystery of it all. Have a beautiful day. I keep thinking about your kitchen! Hope it is all going well. 🙂 xo

      • I finally started a separate file for recipes from all of my favorite blogs but now that folder’s bursting at the seams. I bet one of these days, it will come to you & the mystery will be resolved.
        I’m finally coming down to the home stretch for decisions on the kitchen. Right now I’ve been beating my head against a wall trying to get the floor tile guy to call me back – what’s with these guys? I’m pretty sure I’ll be using another installer since if I’m chasing him now, I surely don’t want to chase him once the demolition happens & we’re waiting for the floor to go down. Final decision is the bathroom sink…looking for funky for that.

        • How exciting about the final decisions on your kitchen. I have never understood the problem with any form of building contractor – they all seem so unreliable and are always complaining they don’t have enough work and then when they do get the work, they seem to vanish! I feel your pain Diane. I love the idea of a funky bathroom sink. It is getting very exciting in my head so I can just imagine how much fun it is for you. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

          • I think some of the tradespeople may be good at their craft but just have a terrible time with basic business & customer relations. They should probably hire an administrative person to deal with customers, paperwork & schedules. I finally got the tile guy pinned down to come out for a quote at least – but we played telephone tag for days because no one in his office had any idea of his schedule.

          • You have hit the nail on the heat Diane! So pleased you back on schedule with getting your quote – here’s hoping it is reasonable. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

  3. This cake looks so good, Mandy. Hard to believe you found it “insipid.” I’ll take your word for it, though, and wait for your visit. We’ll open the test kitchen and perfect the recipe. It will be our gift to Mankind. 🙂

  4. I haven’t delved much into baking yet but this looks like a great dessert that I could start with! Thank you 🙂

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