Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Magic cake recipe

The magic in Magic cake is that it separates into layers in the oven with little-to-no effort from you. It has a sponge top and custard centre.

Serving Size:




  • 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (115g) plain flour, sifted
  • 2 cups (500ml) milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted


Step 1. Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Line a 15cm x 25 cm baking dish with baking paper and set aside.  Separate eggs and beat the whites in a clean, dry bowl until they form stiff peaks. Set aside.

Step 2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with sugar until light and frothy and then beat in butter and vanilla extract. Add flour a little at a time until well incorporated. With the mixer running add the milk a little at a time until combined.

Step 3. Gently fold in egg whites until combined and pour into dish.

Step 4. Bake for 45-70 minutes or until a light golden crust is formed on the top of the cake.

Dust sifted icing sugar generously over the top of the cake and serve.



  • The variation in cooking time depends on how well you follow the directions. Room temperature eggs, lukewarm milk and melted butter all make a big difference.
  • After you add the milk you will have a very liquid mixture. Don't panic! It will come together in the end.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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