Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hot Milk Cakes with Strawberries and Cream

Prior baking these hot milk cakes from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild, I have seen many positive opinions of this kind of sponge cake. Some say that it is the hot milk that makes the cake very moist. Some say it is a traditional American sponge cake recipe that can't go wrong. Some say it is so simple yet so good...

Hot milk cake? According to its name and Wikipedia, hot milk cake gets its distinctive flavour from the addition of scalded milk. Instead of beating the yolks and whites separately, this kind of sponge cakes are made by beating the whole eggs together, then followed by the addition of flour plus baking powder and scalded milk-butter mixture.

When Joyce from Kitchen Flavours suggested baking miniature hot milk cakes with strawberries and cream for our bake-along with Lena from Frozen wings, I'm super excited!!! This is me feeling lots of positive aura when I baked my hot milk cakes...

hot milk cakes strawberries and cream
Hot milk cakes with strawberries and cream
Using an electric mixer, I beat an egg and sugar until pale and thick.
Then, I did these...
Here is the HOT milk!!!
I can't wait to "test" one of these!!!
Wow! Wow! Wow! It is true that it can be so simple and yet so good!!!
I cheated!!! - Instead of using an electric mixer to whip the cream, I'm using this easy and reduced fat option.
Instead of adding sugar into my strawberries, I'm enjoying my cakes with a dollop of homemade strawberry jam.

As much as I don't wish to "cheat", I can't deny that it is a hassle to use an electric mixer to whip only 1/4 cup of cream as required for half of this recipe.

After baking and enjoying these cakes, my husband came home with a parcel of interesting gadgets from Tovolo (Australia) and one of them is this...

A mini whipper!!! Hurray!!!

I have to explore this interesting tool instantly! And, this is what I found ...

1) I tried it with regular and reduced fat cream and found that it works well with cream with 35% fat. This is not a surprise to me because NO electric mixer with whisk attachment can whip any cream that is less than 35% fat too!

The reduced fat cream thickens but it is still sloppy!

2) I tried whipping with a minimal amount of 2 tablespoons (30ml) of cream and up to 60ml and found that 60ml works better.

Yay! The silly me was excited when I saw this!!!

3) Do you know that excess whipping of cream can cause cream to become butter and it can be a nightmare to wash!!! Whether I'm over-whipping the cream or not, I'm happy that this mini whipper is dishwasher safe. To wash, press pump handle and lock it into the lid. Do the same to minimise space for storage.

Do this to wash mini whipper in dishwasher or store it.
Yay! - Now, I can enjoy freshly whipped cream anytime I want!!!

Wish that I receive this gadget before I had baked these cakes... maybe again if I can find some extra time to bake these cakes again... 

Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from the book, Bon Appetit by Barbara Fairchild or here

Note: The original uses 2 eggs to bake 6 cakes but I have used half the recipe to bake 4 cakes

Makes 4 cakes / servings

Non stick vegetable oil spray
1 extra-large eggs, 70-80g
65g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or paste

85g self-rising flour, preferably the cake flour kind with 7-9% protein, sifted
80ml (1/3 cup) milk
40g unsalted butter
4-8 strawberries, to serve
1/4 cup chilled heavy whipped cream
icing sugar to dust, optional and I didn't do that.
strawberry jam, optional to serve - I made mine using the recipe from here.

Preheat oven to 425°F or 200
°C fan forced. Spray four 3/4-cup (180ml) baking cups or ramekins with non stick spray. Using electric mixer, beat egg in a mixing bowl at high speed until thick about 3 mins. Gradually beat in sugar; beat until thick and pale yellow, about 4 mins.Beat in vanilla into the egg mixture. At this stage, decrease mixing speed to low. Add flour and beat 30 secs or until well combined.

Meanwhile, bring milk and butter just to boil in small saucepan, stirring until butter melts. Add hot milk mixture to batter; beat in low speed for 30 secs or until mixture is well blended and smooth. Divide batter among prepared cups. Place cups on a baking tray.

Bake cakes until tops rise (tall rounded peak will form in center of each), turn pale golden, and are firm to touch, about 14-16 mins (I baked mine for 14 mins). Cool in cups at least 20 mins. Transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely at room temperature.

Place cakes into serving bowls. Serve them with strawberries, whipped cream, icing sugar and strawberry jam.

Happy Baking
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  1. I've often wondered about Hot Milk Cakes, Zoe. I've seen many recipes for them in older cookbooks. I guess I should finally try one, yours looks light and fluffy and oh so yummy. I just happen to have some homemade strawberry jam too!!!

    What a nice surprise your hubby brought home for you. I bet you couldn't wait one minute to try it. Looks like it worked just fine. Who knows, one day you just might want to use it to make butter to flavor at home, lol...

    What an great give-away you are offering. Good Luck to all who can enter...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...Your cake looks squishy and delicious!

  2. Look delicious and amazing Zoe!
    I love the whipped cream snd the berries!

  3. i love love your hot milk cakes.. with strawberries, how can one resist?? yumm

  4. hi zoe, i can imagine how difficult it is to whip 1/4 cup of cream..i probably will whip more and then keep some in the fridge....and the mini! please zoe, dont try to poison me with this magical gadget! LOL!

  5. The title sounds so comforting already.. Hot milk cakes with strawberry and cream..Yummzz.. I love cakes, I love strawberries, I love cream, so yeah, I love this post, haha.. The cakes look so soft and milky and buttery.. Give me 10!

  6. Yay! Now I can use up some of my one kilo cherries to make this fabulous hot milk cakes! :P

  7. This is such a great treat! I can see anyone from kids to grandmas enjoying this! Love that jam on top and the freshly made whipped cream looks lovely!!! I would love one for an afternoon break!

  8. Ahem! Zoe, can I have one of your hot milk look so light and fluffy and with the fresh strawberry and tempting lo...

  9. Zoe, your hot milk cakes look so yum yum! And oh, I like that gadget very much!

  10. Beautiful cakes and nice gadget, Zoe. So many giveaways ...I'm tempted to move to Australia so I can join! ^.^

  11. Hello Super Mommy! I salute your energy level and passion!

    Thank you for involving me in the coming event. I was losing my momentum for blogging for months now and you gave me that slight push! Thanks and I feel good to be back in this space again! Cheers!

  12. Cream + strawberries + homemade strawberry jam = yummy-licious ^-^!

  13. Hi Zoe , Open the door , on my way with plate in hand , HMmmmmm they look so good . N22 :)

  14. Your hot milk cakes look way fluffier than mine :D I'm asking my son to get the handy mini whipper;-) He lives in Brisbane.

  15. Hope I will have time to make these - looks really moist!

  16. Hi Zoe,
    I should have used the whisk beater the first time round, your cake turns out fluffy! What a wonderful gadget, small enough to beat a little amount of cream. This is one gadget I don't mind having! Have not seen this product in Malaysia, will keep a look-out for this!

  17. So interesting adding hot milk to the cake batter...I had used warm mix of butter and milk, but never thought that it would work with hot...yes, I am wrong, after seeing the texture of the cakes...they sure look awesome. I will definitely try this recipe...
    The little whipper is so cute, indeed perfect for small portion.
    Enjoy the rest of your week Zoe :)

  18. Fabulous one....Love to eat a portion of that hot milk cake... :)

  19. Wow! Never heard of making cakes with hot milk! I've missed stopping by your site to check out your bakes, Zoe! You just make me hungry every time I visit! :) I love that little cream whipper! How cute is that?

  20. Never baked with hot milk before, and judging from the opinions given, I don't think I want to bake it lol! However you make yours look so wonderful and delicious with the strawberries and cream…would love to win that mini whipper:P

  21. Mm the strawberries and cream in this is my absolute favourite, love your recipe :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. Don't think I've tried any hot milk cakes, but these sure look soft & nice. Gonna check them out!

  23. Great timing , I'm looking for a good sponge cake ! Love the flavor combo , strawberries are in season right now , well , mostly from across the border , hopefully , no chemical spray but I can only wish :p

  24. Hi Zoe,
    I like how fluffy and moist your hot milk cake is.
    I just baked mine last night and mine is not as fluffy like yours but it is moist and soft.
    The mini whipper sound interesting!