Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Torta Magica ~ Magic Cake

Whether you call it Torta Magica or Magic Cake…just call it delicious!

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I was lucky to get a shot once this cake hit the table
There are some recipes that just excite me!  The word creamy or custardy will usually accompany those recipes! The one I’m sharing with you today is a winner.  I found this lovely dessert on Pinterest. It was on a Spanish blog called Pasteles de colores by Mabel Mendez.  This wonderful dessert has three distinct layers. A dense bottom layer, a custard layer in the middle, and a sponge layer on top.  You make one cake batter, and the magic happens as it bakes!  This recipe is reminiscent of the Impossible Coconut Custard pie that was so popular in the 70’s.  I have always had a love affair with puddings and custards.  You name it, I love it!  Rice pudding, oh yeah!  Tapioca, yes ma’am!  And custard…I have been known, in my younger years, to eat jars of baby custard!  So, when I saw this cake, I knew I had to give it a try!  If you love custard or magic…give this wonderful recipe a try.  
Beaten egg whites
Adding the flour to the egg yolk batter
Gently folding in egg whites
Place in the oven and watch the magic begin
It rose quite a bit while baking


Magic Cake 
Serves: 8                                                                                               

4 eggs, separated, at room temperature                                                          
⅛ tsp white vinegar
1Tbsp water
½ cup+ 2 tablespoons (5.3 oz. or 150g) sugar (I used ⅔ cup confectionary sugar)
1 stick (125 g) butter, melted
¾ cup (4 oz, 115 g) flour
2 cups (500 ml) milk, lukewarm
2 tsp vanilla extract

Beat egg whites along with the vinegar until stiff. (The vinegar helps to stabilize the beaten egg whites.)
In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar, water and vanilla until light. Add melted butter and continue beating for another minute or two. Then add the flour and mix it in.
Add the lukewarm milk, slowly to the batter, and beat until well incorporated.
Gently fold in beaten egg whites using a spatula.
Pour batter into a greased 8 inch x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) baking dish and bake in preheated 325 F oven for about 60 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and golden.
Cool in the pan for at least 3 hours. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.


  1. Wow, Kathy! How cool! I'll bet it would be wonderful with strawberries, too!

  2. Love the shot in your oven showing the big puff! This magic cake is a beauty and I can imagine it disappeared quickly;)
    I moved over to Bloglovin and I prefer it to the old Google reader! I have so many great recipes pinned -I want to dive in and start trying some of them over the Summer. Have a great week Kathy ;)

  3. Magic? I love magic. And, I love cake!

  4. What a heavenly cake, Kathy! I know my daughter would love this...and she's the hardest sell in the family!

  5. I call it IRRESISTIBLE! Truly a beauty!

  6. That does look ephemeral my friend. Too pretty yet too tasty :D


  7. Oh My goodness – all these delcious and luscious desserts – they are making me sooooo hungry!

  8. This would be my favorite kind of science experiment! I liked the idea of serving with strawberries...

  9. What a beautiful cake! Those magic cake recipes are always a lot of fun.

  10. Oh my goodness Kathy! How did I miss this? This one has 'bring to the office' all over it! I'm on it!