Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake

6 08 2013

Hot Milk Cake

My Grandmother was known for her baking skills and I have her hand-written recipes. I love to look at them on the yellowed, brittle paper and imagine her cooking from them. Some just list the ingredients, other’s leave things out, like what to set the oven at and how long to cook it. I realize those are details that she just knew without needing to write them down.

1928. My grandmother, Jimmie Corrine holding my mom, Jimmie Dee.

1928. My grandmother, Jimmie Corrine holding my mom, Jimmie Dee.

I started baking from those recipes a few years back for special occasions for my Mom and her brother, my Uncle Dudley. I love to watch them close their eyes as they savor a bite. I eagerly await the ultimate complement, “It’s just how I remember Mama’s.” I treasure that I can give them this sensory memory of their youth.

Maw Maw’s Hot Milk Cake


4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 stick margarine (I use butter)
1 cup milk

Beat eggs, add sugar. Sift four and baking powder, add to mixture. Add vanilla. Heat milk and butter. Add last. Put in greased and floured tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.

This makes a very moist cake. The texture is slightly sticky. Enjoy. Goes well with Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and a good cup of strong coffee.


I honor my maternal heritage: I am Connie Lee, daughter of Jimmie Dee, daughter of Jimmie Corrine, daughter of Minnie Mae; mother of Jade Lee-Mei.

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