Milk Cake

April 14th, 2011 filed under Desserts, Gluten Free
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Milk Cake is a delicious, mouthwatering dessert. This is a unique “cake” made with just a few ingredients, primarily milk and sugar and has a touch of sourness to it.

Recipe will make approximately 12 pieces


  • 6 cups of whole milk
  • Approximately 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter
  • Approximately 1 table sliced pistachios for garnish


  1. Grease a 6-inch plate and set aside.
  2. In a large, wide and heavy saucepan bring the milk to a boil over medium high heat. And let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice to the milk, it will begin to curdle. Use minimum amount of lemon juice to just start the curdling process and prevent the whey (milky water) from completely separating immediately.
  4. Boil for 5 minutes and remove approx. 1 ½ cups of the whey. This will help reduce the tartness from the cake.
  5. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until the milk is a grainy consistency and the whey is evaporated. This will take an additional 15-20 minutes.
  6. Add sugar and cardamom and keep stirring until the mixture starts coming together. This should take approximately 5 minutes.
  7. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 4-5 minutes until mixture changes to a slightly golden brown color.
  8. Transfer mixture to the greased plate and press firmly into a square shape, approximately 1 inch high. As an option, sprinkle sliced pistachios on top.
  9. Let sit for at least an hour before slicing into individual pieces.


this wonderful dessert can be prepared ahead of time and stored at room temperature for a few days.

It is generally a few inches tall and has different shades of color throughout. However, this recipe will make an even colored cake that is approximately 1 inch thick. The taste of this Milk Cake is identical to what I have grown up enjoying as a delicacy in our home.

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63 Responses to “Milk Cake”

  1. devansh says:


  2. Aminah says:

    How long does it take to make?

  3. Jill says:

    I made this and was amazed at how it all came together…….and the taste!! Yum………..Thank you Manjula. I look forward to more of your recipes.
    Regards, Jill

  4. anum says:

    Ghee is just for greasing or should we add in the milk too? Rest seems so easy recipe with very few ingredients. I will try it for sure. Thanks

  5. Rituparna Bhattacharya says:

    Can I bake this after following your steps?

  6. ismita seeechurn says:

    hello madame,

    please can you tell me how much 6 cups of milk does in litre, coz i cannot figure out how much it is

    thank you

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