Milk Cake

A cake only in name, this is a traditional Indian sweet, made by cooking milk and sugar and other good things on a slow heat for a very long time, until you are left with a delicious granular crumbly mass which is white on the outside and has a dark, golden brown, almost chocolate-y heart. Before the eggless cake was invented, milk cake was often used as a substitute for birthday cakes in non-egg eating households.

Yesterday, my sister, that incorrigible sweetoholic and cook extraordinaire, gave me this incredibly easy recipe for milk cake in the microwave. While not as granular as the real thing, its rich and creamy and excellent served warm with some icecream.

— 1 cup 2% fat milk
— 1 cup sugar
— 4 oz cream cheese
— I stick unsalted butter
— 3 and 1/2 cup nonfat dried milk
— seeds from 4-5 green cardamoms, powdered

Okay, so this is not a list of diet foods. But the serving size is quite small and Very satisfying!

— Heat milk, sugar and butter in a large, deep microwave container until the butter melts.
— Whisk in the cream cheese and dried milk. Mix in the powdered cardamom.
— Now, start microwaving the mixture. Every two minutes (or less), it will rise and threaten to bubble over. You have to watch it, hit stop when its threatening to spill, stir it around with a spatula until it settles back down, and repeat. Do this for about 6-8 minutes total, until the mixture stops rising and turns a golden brown in color.
— Let it stand in the container. The heat will turn the center a darker, richer color.
— Serve with an icecream scoop or cut into squares.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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15 Responses to Milk Cake

  1. Mr. says:

    Very nice! It looks great inside the black "flower pot", and thank you for the recipe!.

  2. Scott says:

    This looks delicious!

  3. LeendaDLL says:

    is it as sweet as it sounds?the photo is GORGEOUS.btw: I don't believe in cooking for myself. do you mind if i move in with you?

  4. Yummmm…on the to cook list!

  5. We all want some indulgence sometimes. This is perfect!

  6. Purplesque says:

    Thank you and welcome to the neighborhood!

  7. Purplesque says:

    It is quite sweet, but not cloying.I love to cook for others..we'd make a perfect pair! πŸ™‚

  8. Purplesque says:

    It is my father's favorite dessert. I used to hate milk cake as a child, but our genes always come back to haunt us. πŸ™‚

  9. Purplesque says:

    Oh yes, this is the perfect indulgence. Now if only I can remember the 'sometime' bit. πŸ™‚

  10. Oh, my. So WONDERFUL! The picture is stunning — and the recipe? I may just have to try that. !!!!!!!*runs to see if cardamom is lurking in the cabinet somewhere*

  11. Purplesque says:

    Thank you! I hope you found the cardamom somewhere..:)

  12. no such luck — it was ginger. Why I have 4 jars of powdered ginger, I don't know. I like it, but that's a lot of ginger…….!

  13. Purplesque says:

    If you're like me, you just forget the ones that get pushed to the back of the cupboard and buy another jar on your next visit to the grocery store..:)

  14. haha – yes– or for a recipe — there are a couple of bottles in that back that my Mom bought when I was a kid..that's OLD. I should really clean out the cabinet..

  15. Olivia says:

    Cake baked in a microwave? Now THIS I have got to try!!

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