Vanilla Bean Magic Cake

One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers; a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre, and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It’s truly magic!

VANILLA BEAN MAGIC CAKE. One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers, a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It's truly magic!The first time I came across this cake was on one of my favorite blogs, Dave Bakes. The recipe intrigued me, one batter becomes 3 different layers when baked? What the? So I had to try it as soon as I got the chance and I was super excited the first time I made it. It is seriously the coolest thing I’ve ever baked.

VANILLA BEAN MAGIC CAKE. One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers, a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It's truly magic!One of the keys to this recipe is to have all your ingredients at the right temperature. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature, your butter is melted and cooled, and your milk is lukewarm. I start by placing my eggs in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes or until they are no longer cool to the touch. I heat up my butter in the microwave until just melted and let that cool for about 5 minutes. Then I warm up my milk in the microwave for about 1 minute and gather my other ingredients. The other key to this recipe is to beat your egg yolks and egg whites well before combining the two batters. Other than that, it’s a pretty simple recipe made with just 6 staple ingredients; eggs, milk, flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla.

vanilla bean magic cake-7Make sure you take your time and beat the egg whites till stiff peaks form, this will take about 5 minutes or so. You want to have as many tight air bubbles as possible.

vanilla bean magic cake-8Then beat the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla for about 3 minutes until pale and fluffy. Add the butter and beat until it starts to thicken again. Add the milk one cup at a time and mix until incorporated. Sift in the flour and beat until all the flour is mixed in. The batter will be very thin and frothy.

vanilla bean magic cake-9Add the eggs whites to the egg yolk batter, then gently and quickly fold together until just combined. As you can see, the batter is still a little lumpy and that’s fine. Slowly pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake until golden on top.

VANILLA BEAN MAGIC CAKE. One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers, a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It's truly magic!And voila, a delicious cake consisting of 3 different layers, all made from one simple and easy to make batter.

VANILLA BEAN MAGIC CAKE. One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers, a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It's truly magic!

Happy Fiesta Friday #34 to everyone. Thank you Angie@The Novice Gardener for hosting such a wonderful party every week. Thank you to Selma@ Selma’s Table and Elaine@Foodbod for co-hosting this week. Can’t wait to mingle with all of you!

VANILLA BEAN MAGIC CAKE. One simple batter that bakes into 3 different delicious layers, a chewy dense base, a creamy custard centre and a fluffy sponge cake on top. It's truly magic!

Vanilla Bean Magic Cake


4 large eggs, separated and at room temperature

150 grams (3/4 cup) sugar

1 vanilla bean (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)

125 grams (1/2 cup) butter, melted and cooled

500 ml (2 cups) milk, lukewarm

115 grams (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour

powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional)


1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×8 square baking pan and line with parchment paper so two sides overhang for easy removal.

2) In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites for about 5 minutes or more until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

3) In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks, scraped vanilla bean seeds and sugar until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add butter and mix until it starts to thicken again. Then add the milk, one cup at a time, mix well. Sift the flour into the bowl and beat until all the flour is mixed in.

4) Gently and quickly fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until just combined. Batter will be a little lumpy.

5) Slowly pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Then keeping the cake in the oven, reduce the heat to 325°F and bake for another 40-50 minutes until the top is golden. Let cool completely.

Cake is best enjoyed at room temperature or slightly chilled. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.

Recipe adapted from Dave Bakes.

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  1. Wow! Looks so soft, tender and delicious! Does it taste similar to the NY cheesecake?

    • The top layer tastes like a chiffon or sponge cake, the middle tastes like a egg custard or flan and the bottom layer is dense and chewy similar to a cassava cake texture or butter bar, thanks for stopping by, hugs:)

  2. OMG!!! these magic cakes look so so amazing!!! flavourful and delicious!! Love it! 🙂

  3. Well I think all cakes are magic 🙂 but this one is certainly fantastical too! I can’t wait to try this, and then figure out the science behind it. Super delicious and perfect with some summer berries on the side. Thanks for sharing Lily 🙂

  4. Oh, yum! This looks sooo yummy!

  5. Love it! I’ve heard of it but never seen it before. Looks great, will have to give it a go 🙂

  6. I just made this and it’s amazing!! In taste and the magic! I won’t lie, I expected it not to work for me and waiting for it to cool so I could cut it and see was torture!

  7. Just took the eggs out of the fridge. Can’t wait to make it tonight. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Looks amazing Lily – wonderful photos and love the cape gooseberry accents. Just a reminder to edit your post to include a link to Angie’s FF 34 post and a line about the party if you want to be considered for a feature next week!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday!

  9. Wow, never heard of magic cakes before! Sounds like a brilliant idea, will definitely try this soon! and lovely pictures! 🙂

  10. Wow this is amazing! It really is like magic! Earlier this week my best friend’s mum was telling us about a dessert she used to have when she was a kid called Jello 123, it was one mix that when set separated into a jello layer, a mousse layer and a creamy foamy top! This is like the cake version. I’m definitely going to have to make this just to see it for myself!

  11. I love magic cakes 🙂 I really do feel like I’m doing something magical! Like you said, so cool! Your photos of it look great. I loooove that magical shot with the sugar at the top!

  12. This cake sounds absolutely amazing Lily! I have to try it out soon! Love your photos!!

  13. This is my kind of magic. Beautiful pictures too.

  14. How cool! I will have to try this sometime! And great photos – especially that first one!

  15. I saw this beautiful cake and made it right away- it’s in the oven as I write 🙂 Looks so good! 🙂

  16. Beautiful icing sugar snow in your first picture. Such a pretty post 🙂
    Happy FF

  17. Wow! I just love this post! Very cool cake and gorgeous photos! 😀

  18. I’ve seen magic cakes before, but yours takes the cake! ❤

  19. This IS pure magic, love the ingredients, love your photos!

  20. That is one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever seen. I definitely have to try it! Your photos are gorgeous!

  21. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook says:

    Not only does this look absolutely delicious but howwwww did you manage to truly capture such a magical picture?! It’s amazing!! Props to you, that’s creative and beautiful- I hope you got excited when you saw how that one came out, it’s amazing!

  22. Looks and sounds wonderful. All your recipes look so good …and such beautiful food photography!

  23. Sounds wonderful, and I just love that first picture!

  24. Another amazing recipe… of course: saved!! I looove vanilla cake, and for the look of it I have no doubt its magical 😀

  25. Such beautiful cakes Lily, and amazing photos!!! Thank you so much for bringing these to this weeks Fiesta Friday, they look delicious 🙂

  26. Oh my gosh! This Vanilla Bean Magic Cake looks so amazing and moist. I need a piece now!

  27. Whoaa!! This cake is indeed magical, Lily! Shame on me I missed Dave’s post. 😐 And as always, amazing photography! 🙂 Happy FF and enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  28. Wow. Just Amazing. And I really like the way you made the recipe so much more simple. But I really, really like seeing your take on it with your photos! What are those orange fruits with the paper-looking leaves? I used to know the name, but hardly see them, so I forgot. P.S. Your blog is one of my favorites, too!!

    • Aww, thanks Dave:) I think you and I have very similar taste when it comes to baking, I too often bake with sour cream and love using fresh fruit when they are in season, the orange fruit is cape gooseberries, always nice chatting with you and thanks again for the recipe, hugs:)

  29. Oh, this is beautiful, Lily! AHHHH! I just bought 3 sticks of cream cheese to make your cheesecake for a dinner party this weekend — my first cheesecake ever! And now I want to make this magic cake too! So many delicious things to try from your blog! 🙂

  30. That is just amazing! I have never heard of this before… And I need to make it so that I can see it firsthand!! Cool post! ❤️


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