Hot Milk Sponge

This is the cake my mum has made since I was a kid for homemade strawberry shortcake.
–Kaelin Whittaker, Awn Kitchen

1 c flour, sifted
1 t baking powder
¼ t salt
½ c whole milk
2 T butter
2 eggs
1 c granulated sugar
1 t vanilla

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Heat the milk and butter, until butter melts. Keep warm. Beat eggs for 3 minutes until thick on high speed of an electric mixer. Slowly add the sugar and beat for a further 4 minutes. Add sifted dry ingredients to egg mixture, stir just until blended. Stir in hot milk mixture and vanilla, mix well. Turn batter into greased 9×9 pan and bake in a preheated oven (350ºF) for 25-30 minutes. Serve with fresh berries and softly whipped cream.