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Magic Custard Cake Recipe

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This is called a magic custard cake recipe for good reason – one batter, baked in one pan, transforms into a 3-layer cake. No torting or frosting required. Magic.

Magic Custard Cake Recipe

My initial goal was to bake a traditional Filipino custard cake. But reading the recipe already exhausted me because it was 3 pages long and took something like 5 hours to make. No energy for complicated endeavours at the moment. Then I saw this magic custard cake recipe. Not only was it custard (which was what I was originally gunning for), it was magic. Now who wouldn’t want that?

No layer cake recipe can be simpler than this magic custard cake recipe

Magic Custard Cake Recipe

This is how it goes: you work with one batter. You pour it into one pan. In about an hour you end up with a 3-layer cake, no torting necessary (what). I don’t know how or why. And I don’t need to. All I know is that it’s stress-free to make.

Magic Custard Cake Recipe

The best thing about it is it doesn’t look easy to make at all. It looks like it took you hours to bake. It looks like it takes great technique. It doesn’t!

But is it good?

Magic Custard Cake Recipe

Absolutely. It does not taste like the custard cake I was craving for but it’s delightful nonetheless. The bottom layer has the texture of gelatin. But firmer. The middle layer is your custard – rich and creamy. The top layer is your cake – light and airy. Interesting, right? Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and you have a cake that tastes as good as it looks.

A whole world of magic cakes

Magic Custard Cake Recipe

This is the first time I’ve heard of magic cakes but apparently there is a lot of variations you can do. I think Jo Cooks is the definitive magic cake expert and just looking at all the magic cakes she’s done, you just want to try each one and never bake a non-magic cake ever again.

Go and start with this one. It’s quick, easy and fool-proof. Who says muggles can’t do magic? (Who says I’m a muggle?)

(This recipe adapted from Jo Cooks).

Happy baking, muggle!

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Iris

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Just made it and everyone loved it! Perfect amount of sweetness. My Dad now wants to try to make it with coconut sport. Thanks for the recipe!

Jolina

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Hi Iris! I am so happy to hear that! And yes, this lovely cake is not too sweet - thats one of the things I like about it too. Coconut is a good choice :) Let me know how your experiment goes. Happy Sunday!

Suchi @elegantmeraki

Thursday 28th of April 2016

I have always fancied magic cake, the name makes you go crazy and feels like a scientist creation instead of a baker. Look beautiful.

Jolina

Sunday 1st of May 2016

IKR? Mad scientist meets Hogwarts student meets baker :) Thanks for stopping by Suchi!

Sourav

Thursday 28th of April 2016

No comments about the cake, it looks delicious.

Want to ask you about the photos. Is it al natural light? If yes, do you use a diffuser?

Jolina

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Hi Sourav. Yes this particular batch of photos was natural light (I actually think they came out a little underexposed...sigh). My only diffuser was our curtains :)

Natanja

Thursday 28th of April 2016

A magic cake?! I'm intrigued! This looks so delicious! It basically has everything you could want, all within one cake. I need to try this.

Jolina

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Hi Natanja! It really is quite mysterious isn't it? Give it a try...I had my doubts too but when it came out of the oven I was really impressed...there's really 3 layers :)

Christine | Vermilion Roots

Thursday 28th of April 2016

Love the magic in all your recipes, Jolina! :-)

Jolina

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks Christine! If only we really could just use magic for everything eh? :)