Monday, February 18, 2019

Magic Cake

It's hard to resist a recipe that promises a bit of magic

with one simple thin batter, bake it and voila! You end up with a 3 layer cake, with a delicious custardy layer in the center. Add a sprinkle of powdered sugar, top with berries and it's all just magical.

Magic Cake
The batter is very thin as you’ll see that the ratio of milk to flour is high, similar to a crepe batter.
Cooking Tip: How to get 3 layers in the magic cake. Make sure you don’t fold in the egg whites completely, you want to make sure you still have some of the white bits in it. I did not have a 8 x 8 pan (we are in a rental house) so used a standard pie pan. 
Recipe adapted from jocooks.com
Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 TB. butter and melted
  • 1 tsp each vanilla and almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk lukewarm 
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper so that it's easier to get the cake out.
  • Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add butter and vanilla and almond extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
  • Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together.
  • In another bowl add the egg whites and mix until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the egg whites to the cake batter and gently fold them in. Another variation to folding in the egg whites would be to whisk them in to the cake batter, this is a lot faster and easier. Make sure you don't fold the egg whites in completely, you still want to see some of the white bits floating at the top.
    Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it looks.
     
    The cake is done when it only jiggles slightly but feels firm to touch.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.
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