Chocolate Magic Cake

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

Magic cake you guys! It’s actually magic! Or it’s science, which is kind of like magic to those of us who don’t understand science (i.e. me). You mix up one cake batter, pour it into a pan, bake it and voila – you have three separate layers when it’s done. A dense, chewy layer. A creamy custard layer. And a light sponge layer. It’s magic!! I’m very excited about it!

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake


I was first introduced to this amazing cake by Lily at Little Sweet Baker and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to give it a go and see for myself. I used her recipe, the only thing I changed was I made mine chocolate because I’m a sucker for chocolate. I was sure mine wasn’t going to work and there was gonna be some secret magic touch you needed, waiting for it to cool down so I could cut into it and see if it worked was like torture! As soon as I could I sliced it down the centre and there it was, all layered! It really does do all the work itself, that clever little cake! It’s funny actually, a few days before I saw this beauty of Lily’s blog my best friend’s mum (or my second mother, as I like to call her) had been telling me about this dessert she used to have when she was a kid – it was called Jello 1-2-3 and you’d mix it up with water and put it in the fridge to set, and it set into three separate layers – a jello bottom, a mousse middle and foamy top! It must use the same magic! 

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

 I did have to start over halfway through though because I overwhipped my egg whites, I still maintain it wasn’t my fault I’d only been whipping them for 60 seconds I swear! But this still happened:

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

The last thing you wanna see while whipping egg whites!

I blame the eggs, they were out to get me πŸ˜‰ Moving on…

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

This chocolate magic cake isn’t only magic, it’s really yummy too!  I adored the texture, for me it was kind of like eating a really creamy cheesecake. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I didn’t share much of this one, I just couldn’t part with it! You should definitely give this baby a go, not just to see the magic for yourselves but also because it really is so tasty! It’s easy to make too, as long as you don’t have eggs that are out to sabotage you that is! The hardest part is waiting to be able to cut into it so you can see the layers!

Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

I’m going to bring this magic treat along to Fiesta Friday, because what’s a party without a little magic? Come party with us, it’s our lovely host’s birthday so there’s no better time! We’ve also got some fab co hosts this week, Suzanne and Sue

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Chocolate Magic Cake
One cake batter that separates into three distinct and yummy layers while it bakes!
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  1. 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  2. 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  3. 150g sugar
  4. 1tsp vanilla extract
  5. 125g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  6. 500ml luke warm milk
  7. 115g plain flour
  8. 40g cocoa powder
  9. Icing sugar for dusting (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a 8x8" baking pan with greaseproof paper, leaving overhang at the sides.
  2. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, or a handheld electric mixer, beat your egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, vanilla and sugar until pale - about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the butter to this mix and beat until it thickens.
  5. Add the milk gradually and mix until fully combined.
  6. Sift the flour into mix and beat until all combined.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the mixture until just combined, working quickly. It may be a bit lumpy but that's okay.
  8. Carefully pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 160C/325F (without opening the oven) and bake for about 45-50 minutes. It is done when the cake is set but has a slight jiggle to it.
  9. Leave to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before turning out and cutting into squares
  10. Dust with icing sugar before serving (if using)
  1. Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
  2. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Lily @ Little Sweet Baker
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  1. sue obryan says:

    Hi Michelle, I too have been interested in these magic cakes lately so I’m really glad to hear your input and see your chocolate interpretation! It really does look yummy! Thank you for bringing to the party this week!!!

  2. Selma | Selma's Table says:

    Hi Michelle – just saw this on your IG feed and hoped that you had posted it to FF today!! It looks and sounds amazing andI love that you have added chocolate to it too. Those darn eggs may have done their best to try and sabotage the magic but you prevailed!!

  3. Cathy says:

    You are right this cake is magic, it loos so good, I want some! πŸ™‚ Love your blog name, and your baking creations have my mouth watering! πŸ™‚ I am now following you because I am looking forward to seeing more great baking creations!

  4. arl's World says:

    This looks so wonderfully delicious!! You and lilly have the best recipes!! I love that you made the chocolate version, perfect magic!! Thanks for sharing …saving it now. πŸ™‚

  5. skd says:

    Your post and the gorgeous pictures have completely inspired me to try this recipe and see the magic with my own eyes asap. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  6. Prudy says:

    Michelle…this looks so crazy yummy! I’m interested to see how this works…so you have me inspired to make this. I want to experience each layer!! Thank you so much for sharing.. AWESOME post!! <3

  7. Carrie This Home says:

    I’m a lot like you–I really don’t understand a lot of science! I married a science teacher so I rely on him to explain mysteries like this cake! By the way this cake looks like the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Pinning it!
    I host a weekly blog hop called Frugal Crafty Home and I would LOVE to have you join us! Any of your recipes would be a great addition! The party goes live at 8PM Central Time. Hope to see you there!

  8. Andrea Fogleman says:

    So cool! I’ve never seen a cake do that. I’m going to pass this on to a few friends of mine. They’ll love this. Thanks for linking up for Scraptastic Saturdays. This post will be shared via FB/Twitter/Pinterest. Have a wonderful day. Hope to see you next Saturday.

  9. Indu says:

    Really Amazing and magical Michelle. I can almost see my kids’ reactions when I bake this cake.! Which just goes to say that I shall be trying this one soon! Thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚

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