Hi Sherrie, I took out the butter and eggs two hours before baking. I cut up the butter into small pieces so it softened sooner. I checked the temperature with a thermometer and the butter was around 70 F. I didnt check the eggs though, the shells didnt feel cold when I cracked them. As for the milk I warmed it in the microwave for 20 seconds. On second thoughts could I have overmixed the batter after addition of the eggs mixture? When Rose says medium speed I used speed 6 on my Kitchen Aid, maybe I should have mixed on speed 4 after each addition.