Magic 3 Layer Custard Cake (from one batter)

Ingredients :

  • 4 eggs, yolks and whites separated (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup sugar (150g) (ordinary or caster sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (4oz / 125g / ½ cup)
  • ¾ cup plain all purpose flour (4oz / 115g)
  • 2 cups milk (lukewarm) (full fat or low fat) (500 ml / 1 pint)

To Serve (optional)

  • Icing sugar (powdered sugar), for dusting
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Whipped cream

Directions :

1 Preheat oven to 325F/160C.

2 Butter a 8″ x 8″ / 20cm x 20cm square cake tin.

3 Beat egg whites with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

4 Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat until it turns pale yellow – about 1 minute.

5 Add the vanilla extract and butter and beat until well incorporated – about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

6 Add the flour and beat until just combined.

7 Pour the milk in slowly while beating, and beat until well combined (or if using a hand held mixer, add ¼ milk at a time, beating in between).

8 Use a spatula to fold in the egg whites in the batter, one third at a time, until just incorporated. You don’t want to knock the air out of the egg whites. Don’t worry if there are a few egg white lumps in the batter. The batter should be very thin, almost like a thick pouring cream.

9 Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.

Baking Directions

1 Bake until the top is golden brown and the cake does not “jiggle” when you gently shake the tin – around 40 to 50 minutes. Check the cake at 30 minutes – if the top is already golden brown but the cake is not yet set (i.e. it jiggles), cover loosely with foil and return to the oven, 10 minutes at a time, until set.

2 Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.(Note 3) Cool completely before serving.

To Serve

1 Cut into squares – I cut it into 12 in the photo, but 9 is more realistic serving size portions.

2 Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

3 Serve with a side of whipped cream and strawberries, if using.

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