Magic Custard Cake

Magic Custard Cake

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This magic custard cake is a delicious cake that reminds me a lot of childhood. My mother used to make this pretty often, especially during the summer. It was a pleasant experience to recreate this dessert after such a long time.


This Magic Custard Cake which we also used to call it  “smart cake”,  is really easy to prepare and while baking it forms into three layers. A spongy one on top, a custard one in the middle and a dense layer at the bottom. The add of lemon zest really makes this cake quite delicate and can be an impressive and elegant dessert for any occasion.


Variations can be made to this simple cake, you can make it with chocolate, with citrus fruits, berries or other favorite fruits.  At the beginning of my blog, I've shared this magic custard cake made with cherries and called it Cherry Summer Dessert,  which is simply great for cherry season. Check it out and try the version you like best.

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  • Makes 9 servings
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (135g) sugar
  • 2 tsp (10g) vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • For Serving
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Lemon slices
  1. Preheat oven to 300F (150C). Grease and line a 8x8 inch (20x20cm) pan with parchment paper.
  2. Separate egg whites from yolks. Mix egg yolks with sugar, butter vanilla extract and lemon zest until smooth. Add flour and mix until well blended. Add milk and continue mixing on low speed until homogenous.
  3. In another bowl whip the whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whites into the milk and yolks mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 80-90 minutes until lightly golden. Let it cool completely in the pan and refrigerate to set for a couple of hours.
  5. Trim the edges and cut the cake into bars. Top the bars with whipped cream and lemon slices if desired or simply dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Magic Custard Cake-1
Nutrition facts 1 Serving ( 117g) - Calories:255, Fat:13.4g, Saturated Fat:7.8g, Carbohydrates:28.4g, Sugar:17.6g, Protein:5.8g, Cholesterol:104mg, Calories from Fat 121, Sodium 126mg, Potassium 78mg, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 8%, Iron 6%, Nutrition Grade D+, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On February 17, 2018 at 06:16 pm, Sarah said...
Can i use oil instead of the butter please ? Thanks in advance and i really really love your work Love from egypt

Hi Sarah.

You better use butter in this recipe.

On December 04, 2018 at 03:07 am, Chathu said...
What can I use instead of lemon?
On February 17, 2019 at 07:13 am, Shalinka said...
Looks so yummy. Can I replace the lemon zest? Not a big fan of lemon. If so, then what would you recommend?
On September 15, 2019 at 04:19 pm, Bex said...
This is such a lovely recipe. I made it for a work "bake off" and everyone loved it.
On September 04, 2020 at 07:43 pm, Hale said...
Hi can I please check - all purpose flour is the same as plain flour? I made this but it's very flat and hasn't risen at all, should I have used self raising flour? Thanks.

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