1st Birthday Cake | Hot Milk Sponge

It is my niece Jaime's first birthday on the 3rd of September, the lucky wee thing is going to Spain with her mum and dad on her birthday though so we threw a little party at the weekend. I baked this cake, a hot milk sponge. I had some problems with the layers though, they didn't rise. I checked the date on the baking powder and it was fine so I can only imagine the problem was in the recipe. Doubling the amount of baking powder worked in the third layer I made to bulk it up, usually it makes two layers only.

It was also my first time using a silicone case, how did I ever cope without them before?! They are absolutely brilliant. I got mine from tesco for £5 as well so they don't break the bank!

For the icing I just made a plain light vanilla buttercream which works wonderfully with this cake, which is quite dense. I also sprinkled crushed flake chocolate over the icing between the layers. It's definitely comfort food at it's greatest. Perfect with a cup of tea.

For the letters, I rolled plain white regal icing out with a rolling pin and cut the letters with some metal cookie cutters dusted with icing sugar to stop it from sticking. I then mixed up some caster sugar with hot water and dipped a brush into it and then into my gold edible glitter and painted it on. I love this glitter, I'm going to buy it in every colour it just looks great. Although it can be very messy.

Happy Birthday Jaime!


  • 235 ml milk
  • 15 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 335 g white sugar
  • 2 g salt
  • 10 ml vanilla extract
  • 3 ml almond extract
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 15 g baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan until just boiling, then remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Beat eggs until thick and pale yellow in color. Beat in sugar, salt, vanilla and almond extract. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add hot milk in a steady stream. Quickly beat in flour mixture. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center springs back when lightly tapped.


  1. Happy Birthday!
    Cake looks yummy.

  2. Hey! I so dig this cake, cutttessst! What glitter do you use? I haven't been able to find any edible glitter that actually looks nice- I hope it's not the EdAble brand- I researched it before buying it and even though you buy it in cake decorating stores and it looks sweet- it's actually not edible. The guys name is Ed Able. Talk about a misleading product name! I wonder how many people have eaten it! Apparently it's for decorating cake toppers etc. that aren't designed to be eaten, and is actually toxic. So lame.

  3. Hey :) I used to use Ed Able arts but I never much like the consistency, it was too sandy or something. I never knew that though, how misleading!

    I can't remember the name of this glitter right now but I'll have a look for it later. It's much better, lovely to work with and I was assured in the shop that it's 100% edible!


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