The Country Cook: Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Strawberries

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Strawberries

When I was a kid, we had strawberry shortcake (or some form of it) a lot as a kid. In the spring and early summer months, we probably had it for dessert at least once a week. It was usually made with those store brought dessert shells. Y'all know the ones I'm talking about right? They have the little dip in the middles to spoon your berries into?

My Mom worked a lot when we were kids. She was a school custodian and that meant she cleaned and lifted and moved and worked her patootie off for 8 hours a day. She didn't always have time to be fixin' stuff from scratch because she was just plum tired at the end of the day. She was workin'  hard for the money. But she made sure we had a good supper to fill us up and a little something sweet for dessert. I still buy those little dessert shells for my family. But sometimes, I'm in the mood for something just a bit more. This cake is soft and sweet and is kinda the grown-up version of those little dessert shells. It is perfectly delicious to eat all by itself but personally, I love it with strawberries (or any kind of berry) and whipped cream.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup granulated white sugar
½ cup whole milk
2 tbsp. butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the berries:
2 pints fresh strawberries
¼ cup granulated white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray nonstick cooking spray inside a 9x9 baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder.

In a separate bowl (or stand mixer), beat eggs on high speed for about 4 minutes, until thick. If you’re using a stand mixer, I would suggest using your whisk attachment for this step. Gradually add sugar and beat at medium speed for 4-5 minutes until fluffy. Now add your flour mixture, and mix at low to medium speed until just combined (don’t overmix or cake will turn out rubbery).

In a small saucepan, on medium heat, add milk and butter and stir until butter is melted. Do not boil – you just want this mixture to be very warm (scalded is the cooking term). Take off heat. Add milk and butter mixture to batter, also add vanilla extract and mix until combined. Pour into baking dish and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the strawberries

Hull strawberries, cut in half, and place in bowl. Sprinkle sugar and lemon juice on top and mix together. Place plastic wrap over bowl and place bowl in refrigerator for about 4 hours (until strawberries are very soft).

Serve cake warm with juicy strawberries spooned on top.
And of course, a little whipped cream.
Cook's Note: For a little variety in the cake, try adding different flavored extracts, like lemon or almond.  Need more? Just double the recipe and bake in a 9x13 baking dish for about 25 minutes (until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean.)



  1. Aw, look at your proud little man! Love it! I also love your cake...I'm anxiously awaiting our Indiana strawberries...but they won't appear for 2 1/2 months :(

  2. Yum, strawberry shortcake...a few more months until you can get cheap fresh berries around here.
    You son looks so cute! My nephew lost his first 2 teeth at 4 and a half, so young! I don't remember losing mine until 6 at least. The tooth fairy always brought us a quarter, but K got a five for his first one, and two for the second.

  3. This cake look amazing, i love this type of dessert, and your son is so cute! x gloria

  4. Brandie, another homerun with this cake. I love simple desserts that celebrate one or two flavors and yours has that with the cake as a standalone and then with strawberries as they emerge in season... fabulous! California ia coming on strong with these heavenly berries so the ripple effect will come your way soon. I hear ya about the tooth fairy, nickel and dime has become a Lincoln and a Jackson!!!

  5. Yes 50c..back than was awesome, but now even $20 sometimes can't cut!:)))
    He is adorable!
    Your cake sound refreshing and looks beautiful!

  6. My guy is a big softy when it comes to his mini me. I'm sure when the day comes, hopefully not too fast, when my son loses his first tooth daddy will be ready to whip out his wallet and empty for our itty bitty. Haha! The dessert looks amazing though and the strawberries have been so beautiful that I picked up two pints of them. Yummy!

  7. Aw!
    My little guy has his first loose tooth too. They grow so fast! Your strawberries and cake look so yummy. I can't wait for strawberry season. I'm saving your recipe. We are trying to grow strawberries in our garden so I hope to have a bunch to use up.

  8. This dessert looks so summery, I should bake up a batch at pretend it's not snowing outside! :) Congrats on the tooth! Big moment indeed!

  9. That cake looks seriously yummers! That is definately going on my list once the berries hit the farmers market (I haven't seen any good one's in the stores yet)

  10. Okay this is going to the top of my blog cakes to make list! I just bought a big ol' thing of strawberries from Costco I can use for this!! YAY! And your lil guy is such a cutie! His tooth fairy is very generous ; )

  11. Wow that does look yummy. Last summer I made alot of strawberry shortcake. I may give this recipe a go this summer when I can find some strawberries. Thank you for sharing!

    Yeah I give my kids a dollar when they lose teeth. Half the time they don't even remember haha. I have "owed" my kid a dollar from the last tooth he lost for quite a while.

  12. What a sweet post Brandie...and the cake looks good too! Congrats to your sweet boy growing up!

  13. My son relatively recently loss his first tooth too, quickly followed by his second. Our babies are growing up!
    The cake looks just divine.

  14. I've been seeing those strawberries, as well, and thinking I'd really like to get my hands on some! Fresh strawberries just say "springtime," don't you think? Mmmm! (Oh, and the tooth fairy who went to my dad's house always paid more than the tooth fairy who went to my momma's house. Funny, huh?)

  15. I'm dealing with teeth too. Mine is getting teeth tho.
    Your boy is so cute and $20 for the first tooth equals $.50 lots of years ago :)

    the cake looks amazing, thanks for sharing

  16. Brandie, I loved reading your sweet post, and especially about your little guy losing his first baby tooth...he is so adorable!

    The cake looks so delicious, and tempting. I'm totally surprised about Kroger. In S. Florida, they have been out for years. I really use to love that store, and miss it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Interesting recipe and cake looks so soft..should taste really great

  18. My son didn't loose his first tooth, until he wss in 3rd grade! He had to wait a long time for the Tooth Fairy! I love strawberries on or in anything. Your cake looks soo good!

  19. Oh yum! This sounds so good right now, I haven't had breakfast yet:)What a milestone your son has reached! I think I may cry when my son loses his first tooth:)

  20. I cannot wait for strawberries to arrive in the stores at a decent price. Your cake sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

  21. What a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing. There is a huge strawberry just around the corner from my house. I cannot wait until they are ready.

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  23. I read the sponge cake recipe and went directly to the kitchen and made the cake as there were fresh Florida strawberries in the frig. Oh my, how tasty that cake is!!! Dessert last night and breakfast this morning. Yes, I love strawberries and cake.
    Your child is adorable and I love those "toothless" smiles. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. I haven't had this cake in YEARS!!! My grandma used to make it, I completely forgot all about it. I can see my boys enjoying this, especially with the strawberries! Thanks! And that is so precious about your son loosing his first tooth! Cheese... $20 for a tooth?!? I think I got 50 cents like you. Freaking inflation! haha!

  25. The strawberries at our stores look pretty much like watermelon rind. Pretty soon I'll be able to try this cake. In the meantime, let me gasp along with everyone else at the very generous tooth fairy at your house! YIKES!

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  27. This cake looks nice and moist! LOVE strawberries! Wish I had your Tooth Fairy when I was little:) My granddaughter just lost her first tooth, but only got $! and her dad's a dentist:) They look so cute with their toothless grins:)

  28. Thank you so much for all the wonderful and sweet comments everyone!
    Pat - YAY! so happy you tried it and enjoyed it!! And I'm glad you got your hands on some fresh Florida strawberries...yum!!

  29. delish recipe!

    that's how we sweet snack our berries ;-)

    TWENTY????? WE gave $5 for our first tooth and she gets $1 each subsequent.

    I nearly died when our daughter's BFF's TF left TEN for the first. Y'all's tooth fairies are breakin' us ;-) LOL.

    YAY for milestones.

  30. That is so cute of your hubby, er tooth fairy to want to give him $20 but that is going to get expensive!

    I've always wondered how to make macerated strawberries. Now I know! This would be a wonderful alternative to strawberry shortcake.

  31. Congrats little man on your lost tooth:) My Ave just told me yesterday that she was ready to start loosing some teeth. I'm with you Brandie~ it's hard closing some of these chapters:(

    On a sweeter note:) This cake looks fab! I'm ready for fresh strawberries and I hate that I have to wait another 4 months for that:/ Have a blessed day.

  32. 20 for a tooth!?! HOLY MOLY! My tooth fairy always gave me 25 cents haha...Lucky little one right there!

    Your cake looks amazing, I am such a fan of strawberries on sponge cake or shortcake...just feels so much like summer to me!

    (I hope this comment shows up!! ::crosses fingers!)

  33. Wow $20 for a tooth? That's awesome! This looks delicious too!

  34. Cute post and wonderful dessert.....thanks for sharing with us:)

  35. Hey Brandie! Great blog! I found you through Life as a Lofthouse and I'm happy I did.

  36. Congrats to your little man on losing his first tooth! It's definitely a milestone. I think it was about 50 cents when I was a kid too. Now I feel like I might go broke as my oldest just lost his eighth and my middle one his first.

    Oh, and don't let me forget to drool over this cake a bit as well. I'm guessing the hot milk makes all the difference. Just beautiful! Thanks for linking up this week!

  37. Just so you know, a different tooth fairy lives at your house than at mine. My tooth fairy isn't as generous, I promise.

    The I love it.

  38. yum, what a lovely molten cake! i love this! i had bookmarked a bunch of recipes to get back and comment on post vacation and this was one i knew i needed to share some love on. thanks for sharing :)

  39. Wow! 20 bucks for the tooth!! That tooth fairly never visited me. I got more like the 25 cents.
    LOVE the cake. I got my first really, really good batch of strawberries last weekend and am eager for a good use. I think I've found it!

  40. That cake looks so yummy. Goin to try it. Wow!! What a thoughtful "Tooth Fairy" that y'all have around your area. ;) I bet he was one happy boy.

    Mrs. T.
    Acorn Hollow

  41. I have a ton of strawberries and I'm always looking for a good recipe. This cake looks amazing! My family will love it! Thanks!

    And love the lost tooth story & pic! Wow... $20! Will that be for every tooth? Our 3 yr old will likely be having an injured tooth extracted soon. I think we'll go with $1... yes, we're cheap... but he's 3!! (And by the way, if you are ever in need of a good dental resource, I've found this Mom's Guide to be helpful:

  42. When my lil sunshine (now 19 yrs old) lost her teeth, the tooth fairy left her a barbies!!! she couldnt wait for the next tooth to come out to get a new barbie!!Let your husband I mean tooth fairy spoil your lil angle, just remember once you give such a BIG gift they want it

  43. Ahhhhhh...the hot milk sponge was one of the first cakes I learned to do on my own. I would come home from school and find that my siblings (6 of them) had already foraged all the snacks on hand so I'd get busy baking a cake. The two younger ones would sit at the kitchen table til it was done, and not wait for it to cool off. My folks were always happy to see it when they got home from work. If you want something, you gotta bake it yourself!! I'm so excited to see the CocaCola cake recipe...a true classic that I'll be baking tomorrow! Tonight it's the 7 up cake!

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