Torta de Milo (Milo Cake)

by Erica Dinho on July 11, 2011

Milo Cake

Milo is a delicious drink that I drank every morning growing up in Colombia. I can’t remember a period in my life when it wasn’t my favorite drink. It is a chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk to make a wonderful and rich drink.

Milo is made by Nestlé and here in the USA you can find it online at or at your local Latin market.

The other day I was craving something sweet and I didn’t know what to make, so I opened my pantry and the first thing I saw was my green container of Milo and that was the inspiration for this cake. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Buen Provecho!




  • 1 stick + 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 11/4 cups of Milo powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter and lightly flour a baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs and beat well, then add the Milo, milk and vanilla.
  4. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Add them to your wet ingredients.
  5. Stir together with a spoon until blended. Scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are mixed.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for about 10 minutes and serve.
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I loved Milo too!! What a great cake!!


2 Sarah Naveen July 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM

That looks so delicious Erica!!!


3 Lyndsey July 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I’ve never has milo before, but it sounds good. The cake looks wonderful, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.


4 Mari July 11, 2011 at 6:47 PM

It is a great and delicious idea, I never thought of using Milo for a cake. Thanks for sharing.


5 Simply Life July 11, 2011 at 7:22 PM

oh wow! what a great looking cake!


6 Joanne July 12, 2011 at 7:36 AM

What a fun idea! I’ve never heard of this drink before but you can rest assured that I’ll be keeping an eye out for it in my grocery store. That cake looks so moist and delicious!


7 Jessica July 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

My mom always gave us Milo growing up, she grew up drinking it in Zimbabwe! I am so excited to try this and tell her about it!


8 A Canadian Foodie July 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

This cake looks so moist and lovely – especially for all the rainy days we have been having around here, lately.


9 norma July 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I remember Milo…You are a bright one using this for a biscocho….


10 Juliana July 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Erica, although I never tried Milo, the cake sure looks delicious, nice texture and color.
Hope you are having a great week :-)


11 lisaiscooking July 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I love the flavors of chocolate malt! Sounds like a fantastic cake.


12 Cynthia July 12, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I love Milo and drink it all the time. I would never have thought to make a cake with it. Thanks for this Erica!


13 Stevie July 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I adore this kind of cake: good, not too pretentious and rich with fond memories.


14 michele July 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I have never heard of Milo either but it looks like something worth trying.


15 tasteofbeirut July 18, 2011 at 9:17 PM

We had something similar to Milo growing up; this is a great idea for a cake, delicious and very comforting as well! Bravo.


16 Carolina July 20, 2011 at 3:37 AM

You should try making Milo brownies… they are SOOOO good!


17 Jennifer July 20, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Mmmmm! This looks delicious !


18 David July 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I’m able to purchase Milo at the local Wal-Mart here in North Carolina. This cake looks muy delicioso!! Definitely gonna try this recipe. By the way they also make Milo with 50% less sugar. Saw it in Colombia last week at a Carrefour in Bogota.


19 Beatriz September 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Already try this Milo Cake and belive me IT IS SO GOOD. Thank you Erika.


20 Mary Ann December 11, 2011 at 3:11 AM

Thank you for this recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving for my two new grandchildren who were recently adopted from Colombia. It was the first time I made a “from scratch” cake and it was wonderful…so rich and moist, yet not heavy or overly sweet. The children loved it, as well as my entire family. I’m thinking of trying the pineapple/coconut upside down cake for Christmas. I am thrilled to learn more and more about the culture of these beautiful children. Yuliana and Miguel are a blessing on our whole family. God bless and Feliz Navidad to you and yours. I look forward to trying more Colombian recipes.


21 Anonymous April 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

This recipe is a WINNER! I cooked it last weekend and substituted honey for the brown sugar ….the cake was delicious…. and super easy to make


22 dinapatric March 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Erika, cordial saludo:
Quiero ensayar tu receta de milo, pero me gustaría con relleno o cobertura. Cuál me sugieres?.


23 Diana September 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Hola, probe tu receta pero no funciono, la torta me salio aguada, tienes alguna idea de porque puede ser?


24 Erica Dinho September 15, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Hola Diana,

No se…Siempre que la hago me sale deliciosa….A lo mejor es por que todos los hornos son diferentes.


25 Diana September 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Hola Erica, una duda, cuando dices 1 stick y 1/4 cup de mantequilla eso equivale a 170gr aproximadamente??. Lo otro que pudo pasar es que use Leche semidescremada… volveré a intentarlo en estos días.


26 Erica Dinho September 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Diana- 1 stick is ( 1/2- 113.4 g.)


27 yukaz April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hi erika,
Sorry i’m confuse about the milo powder measurement.
Which one the correct,
11/4 c. milo powder
1 1/4 c. ( 1+1/4 c.) milo powder.



28 Erica Dinho April 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

1 + 1/4 cups milo.


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