Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Hot Milk Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Scalded milk produces a moist texture in this simple Virginian dessert, an ivory-hued cake that's so straightforward it's often referred to, even in vintage cookbooks, as "old-fashioned."Andre Baranowski

Scalded milk produces a moist texture in this simple dessert, an ivory-hued cake that's so straightforward it's often referred to, even in vintage cookbooks, as "old-fashioned." Made right, as it is at Dr. Ho's in North Garden, Virginia, with a fluffy white crumb and an uncomplicated buttercream frosting, it is tender and egg-rich—a mother's-hug Dixie treat. This recipe first appeared in our October 2014 issue with the story Best of the Blue Ridge.