Did you enjoy Kirk's humorous commentary in his last post? Yeah, he's a pretty funny guy, but I'm a pretty funny girl and that's why I'm hijacking his blog to share a post regarding this kick ass cake I made for dessert Sunday night.
Do you believe in magic? How about Magic Cake? Nope, it's not clever enough to pull a rabbit out of a hat or saw a woman in half, but it will dazzle your tastebuds with a bit of slight of hand. A few simple ingredients combine to form a thin batter, but separate into 3 layers when baked in the oven. Bet Criss Angel can't do that.
Since I was working Sunday, I needed something fairly quick and easy to put together, so I turned to my buddy Pinterest to help me find a recipe to fit that bill. Sure enough, as I was perusing the 5,000 pins that populate my pinboards I came upon a recipe I pinned many moons ago. The name was enticing, but the claim made me skeptical. I, however, love a challenge, so I had to give it a go.
When I look for recipes on the Internet I research the crap out of them. I figure why should I do the trial and error testing of trying a new recipe when it has most likely already been done for me. As an added bonus (and luckily for me) folks LOVE to tell you all about it. Just like I'm doing right now. When I fumbled across the recipe for Magic Cake I did a quick search to see if there were other variations of it. There were a few, but the one I pinned seemed to be the most promising so I stuck with it. Next I proceeded to read most of the gazillion comments that followed it. WOW! There were a ton! From that info, I gleaned a helpful video mostly demonstrating a technique for whisking in the egg whites (it's in Spanish, but it's really easy to follow along) and I also determined that I could double the recipe without too much negative impact. The doubled recipe follows these pics, but here's a link to the original.
|Looks like a regular old cake, think again.|
|Tada! It's hard to tell from my pic, but there are 3 distinct layers there.|
|Do you believe in magic?|
***NOTE: The quantities listed below are double the original recipe. I doubled the original recipe and baked it in a deep ceramic 9"x 11" casserole dish, because I wanted there to be enough left over for dessert the next night. Feel free to halve the recipe and bake in an 8"x 8" glass dish for a smaller cake, but really, why would you want a smaller cake?
8 eggs, room temperature (separate yolks from the whites)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, lukewarm
powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 325º and grease a 9" x 11" deep glass or ceramic baking dish.
Separate the eggs and beat the whites with a mixer until stiff. Set aside.
Beat the yolks with the sugar until light. Add the butter and vanilla and beat for an additional minute or two. Sift in the flour and beat until fully incorporated.
Move yolk mixture to a large bowl and slowly add the milk, mixing thoroughly with a wire whisk. Fold in the egg whites one third at a time using the wire whisk. Repeat until all egg whites are fully incorporated.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake at 325º for 40 - 70 minutes. (The original recipe link states that baking times can vary greatly depending on your oven. Mine took approximately 50 minutes to bake.)
The cake will be slightly jiggly in the middle, but a toothpick test should yield a clean toothpick if the cake is done. It will firm up during the cooling process which will take roughly 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar once the cake is cooled. We enjoyed this cake warm the first night, but it proved to be just as delicious the next night after it had been refrigerated. Warm...cold...it's all good!
This ethereal confection has a lovely, delicate custard texture topped with a crown of spongy cake. Truly delectable. There's even a chocolate version that is calling out for some attention, but that will have to wait for a future post. Remember, a meal is a meal, but a luscious, decadent dessert is a sweet momentary escape in an unruly world.