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Magic Cake

Magic Cake (1)

I have always wanted to try this cake. When I look through Pinterest, I would sometimes see this Magic Cake recipe pop up from time to time. So I pinned it to my big cake board. I wanted to give this recipe a go as I was wondering how it would turn out. It has been called a Magic Cake for a reason, so I needed to find out why.

Here is the recipe that I used to find out what the magic was!

Magic Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 10
  • 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 2 cups lukewarm milk
  • icing sugar for dusting cake
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/ 150°C fan forced. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish.
  2. Separate the egg yolks from the egg white and set the egg yolks aside.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff.
  4. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla essence and continue beating mixing. Then you can add the flour and mix until all combined.
  5. Slowly add in the milk and gently beat until everything is well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 40 to 70 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. Check the cake after 40 mins as every ovens cooking time is different.
  7. Once the cake is ready take out of the oven to cool.
  8. When ready to serve sprinkle some icing sugar over the top.
  9. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from Jo Cooks


After an hour of baking, I pulled the cake out of the oven and set it aside to cool. I was waiting with anticipation to see what had formed while cooking. Afternoon tea came around, and it was time to cut this cake up. I cut a few slices, and it looked pretty good. There we found what the magic cake did. While the cake is baking, a base and a custard filling form finished off with a moist cake on top. That is the magic!


The verdict: my hubby and I loved it. It was lovely eating it with our coffee. The three layers were nice especially the custard. The kids however didn’t like it as much. Their words were: “We like the cake top bit, but the custard tastes like scrambled egg”. I have to say that the custard layer does have a strong egg taste, and I think that is because you are using four eggs. It still tastes lovely though.

I found the cake easy to make, and I will be making this again, much to the kid’s delight. I also would like to try these different variations, Lemon Magic Cake and Chocolate Magic Cake. I might win the kids over with the Chocolate version! The Chocolate Magic Cake recipe coming soon…

Have you ever tried making a Magic Cake?

Happy baking!



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    November 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Wow, now that is magic and I am now pinning it too! I can’t wait to try this out, thanks!!
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      November 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Clare, it’s funny how the cake is just one batter and it turns into three layers. I am hoping to make the chocolate magic cake soon x

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    De LA Vida Spain
    November 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    This looks so good, I like the way you end up with a custard base. Lovely photography too. I am travelling at the moment so I don’t have a kitchen – but in 10 days time when I am back in Spain this will be on the too do list! Thanks.

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      November 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you de la vida spain! It was a nice cake to eat. I hope you enjoy making it x

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    Nicole- Champagne and Chips
    November 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I have tried a version of this with coconut which was OK but yours looks perfect with those two separate layers. Yum !
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      November 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      It was yum Nicole. I am keen on making the chocolate one x

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    Helene Meurer
    November 28, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This looks as simple as it is lovely and comforting — can’t wait to try making a Thermomix version of your Magic Cake 🙂
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      November 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi Helene, Ooo yes this cake does look comforting. Thanks for visiting my place x

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    November 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    WOW! That is cool! I’ve always said baking is science for hungry people and this totally proves it. Actual magic.
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      November 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Yes it is a magic cake! It’s amazing that with one batter it comes out looking like this. Thanks for visiting my place x

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    Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Haha I love your kids comment!! I am exactly the same as you and have pinned this cake over and over again but have never got around to trying it!! How do you think a chocolate or lemon version would go? Thanks so much for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx
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      November 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I like how my kids always tell the truth! I am hoping to make the chocolate magic cake soon. It would be good if the custard layer actually tastes like chocolate custard as that is a favourite of mine and the kids. And the lemon magic cake sounds pretty yummy too! I love to join the link party xx

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    Leanne - Lime & Mortar
    November 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have tried this before. Pretty cool how the layers form!
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      December 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Leanne, it is cool how the layers form. I am looking forward to trying the chocolate one x

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    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    November 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve seen these and never actually made one. Ok, convinced. I’ll pin and give it a try. 🙂
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      December 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      I had seen them everywhere too but never made one. I hope you enjoy eating your Magic Cake xx

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    November 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I have never seen the Magic Cake before! You have me intrigued… how it splits into the layers. My kidlets would probably react the same way yours did, oh to be a child again! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great weekend!

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      December 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Dannielle, it is an interesting cake. I like how it splits into layers too. Aren’t children funny! I hope you have a great week x

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    December 1, 2014 at 10:21 am

    How wonderful this cake looks!!
    I admit – I’ve been wanting to make this cake for a long time
    Now I want even more 🙂
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      December 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you Winnie. I hope you enjoy baking the Magic Cake. Thank you for visiting my place x

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    December 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of this cake, but it looks so good I want a piece right now! Thanks for linking up to Pin-Worthy Wednesday, pinned & printed!
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      December 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Roxanne, thank you! I love joining a linky party. Thank you for visiting my place x

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    Janine Wylde
    March 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hi Simone,

    Wanted to say thanks for your website. The other day was looking for inspiration for a new bake and found your recipe for Magic Cake. Yum -what a success! We have just finished the last slice of it and already I am being asked to make it again! So thanks once again for all your ideas. Janine

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      March 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Hi Janine, Thanks so much. I like to hear that people like reading my website. I am so happy that you liked the magic cake and have been asked to make it again. That definitely means that it was a great success! I am baking some easter recipes in the kitchen for easter so I hope you come back to have a look xx

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