Magic custard cake is a unique dessert that forms three distinct layers during baking: a soft custard layer at the bottom, a creamy custard layer in the middle, and a sponge-like cake layer on top. Here’s how to make it:
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk, lukewarm
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and line an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on two sides for easy removal.
- Separate Eggs:
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Place the egg yolks in one bowl and the egg whites in another. Set aside.
- Beat Egg Yolks and Sugar:
- In the bowl with the egg yolks, add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Beat them together until well combined and slightly pale in color.
- Add Melted Butter:
- Gradually pour in the melted butter while continuing to mix.
- Add Flour:
- Sift the all-purpose flour into the egg yolk mixture and mix until smooth.
- Slowly Add Lukewarm Milk:
- Gradually add the lukewarm milk to the mixture, whisking constantly. You should have a smooth batter.
- Beat Egg Whites:
- In the other bowl with the egg whites, beat them until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in Egg Whites:
- Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter using a spatula. Be gentle to maintain the fluffiness of the egg whites. The batter will be thin.
- Pour into Baking Dish:
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the cake is set but still slightly jiggly in the middle.
- Remove the magic custard cake from the oven and let it cool in the baking dish for about 15-20 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the best texture, refrigerate the magic custard cake for a few hours or overnight.
- Once chilled, you can cut the cake into squares, dust it with powdered sugar if desired, and serve. Each square will have the three distinct layers: a custard layer at the bottom, a creamy custard layer in the middle, and a cake layer on top.
Magic custard cake is a delightful dessert that’s both visually impressive and delicious. It’s sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a special treat for yourself. Enjoy!