From Michael Jackson to Hot Milk Cake
The other day we got to hear radio in the car and we heard about the Hot Milk Cake. Why is that so special, you ask?
Imagine listening to Micheal Jackson and nothing but Micheal Jackson songs in the car for over a year and half. I have nothing against MJ, but after a year and half, it definitely gets on your nerves. Sonshine is a big fan of MJ and just would not let us listen to any songs other than MJ when he is with us. There were times when we used to drop him to one of his activities and instead of staying back to watch him (like normal parents did), we would sit inside the car and listen to our kinda songs. But these occasions were very rare - almost nil.
After a few months of MJ and MJ only, even the background music for my
dreams nightmares was the Thriller (viewer's discretion advised) song.
I was surprised when I heard my husband started humming Black Or White (viewer's discretion advised) in the shower. You see, he is a semi -classical/classical carnatic music kinda guy. For a guy like him who sung songs like Sangeethame..., this was a gargantuan change.
So, the other day, we begged Sonshine to let us change the songs and to listen to something other than MJ. And he took pity on us and agreed. My husband and I rushed to grab the car audio system's control knob before Sonshine could change his mind. Between us, we managed to change it to the channel NPR while Sonshine was wondering why his parents are behaving as if they had never seen a radio before.
That's where we heard about this wonderfully moist Hot Milk Cake. The RJ and these guys who were being interviewed were raving about this super spongy milk cake and about the light butter cream frosting. OMG!!! We were all drooling by the end of the interview.
The baker in me woke up. I had not baked anything since Sugar Kissed Cardamom Cake and the urge to bake was so strong that as soon as we came home, I started my research on this Hot Milk Cake. I found a few recipes and they all used like more than ½ cup butter. I am trying to bake with as little fat as possible these days and this recipe from Martha Stewart looked promising.
And bake, I did. And the cake was definitely a moist sponge cake. I loved it as a plain tea cake.
My husband and Sonshine wanted a little bit of frosting on it - they love celebration style cakes.
I followed the original recipe except for the the baking pan used. I divided the batter into two 4X9 loaf pans. My research on the cake told me that beating the egg to correct consistency is the key to a good Hot Milk Cake. To quote the Martha Stewart website - "Beat until very thick and the batter falls from the whisk in a thick ribbon". This is a wonderful tip to keep in mind.
Each of us enjoyed the cake - in our plain and frosted styles. I have frozen (I have used parchment paper to wrap my cake loaf and then wrapped it with cling film) the other loaf - I have big plans for my lovely left over Hot Milk Cake.