Lemon ‘Magic’ Cake

I’d been meaning to try this recipe for ages just so I could see if a novice baker could could achieve the ‘magic’ result.  Not so much magic as pretty cool baking science…one batter = three layers.  I must admit when this cake went into the oven I had doubts that it would work!

Tin size is apparently important so the layers can form and separate properly so bear this in mind. This recipe recommended a 20cm x 20cm tin, mine was actually 22cm and it just about worked ok.

What you need:

4 eggs, separated  IMG_2265
150g caster sugar
1 large lemon for zest & juice (around 55ml juice)
125g butter, melted
115g self raising flour
400ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar, to decorate

What you do:

  • Heat the oven to 150°c and line your tin with greaseproof paper
  • Separate the eggs, and with an electric whisk or freestanding mixer, whisk the yolks with the sugar until pale
  • Add the melted butter, vanilla and lemon zest and whisk until combined
  • Sift in the flour and fold it in
  • Gently heat the milk until just warm (I warmed it in the microwave for 90 seconds)
  • Add the lemon juice and then slowly start whisking in the milk

Lemon Magic Cake

  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff and then gently fold into the batter a little at a time

You will still have bits of egg whites in the batter that’ll look lumpy but this is fine

  • Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 40 minutes or until the top has lightly browned

Lemon Magic Cake

  • Allow it cool in the tin, then remove and cut into squares and dust with icing sugar to serve

Lemon Magic Cake

The bottom layer is similar to a set custard, the middle is a creamier fluffy layer and the top a Genoise sponge.

The end result can be construed as more of a dessert than a cake so would be lovely served with some fresh raspberries and cream.  You can just about make out my 3 layers below.

Lemon Magic Cake

Until next time….Happy Baking!


  1. 24th July 2016 / 10:12 am

    I am trying this soon! (=when my slacker butt will be too hungry for supermarket cakes)
    It’s 11am and now I want to have a piece of this! I’m so glad it doesn’t look too complicated because even though I love baking, I’m not really good at it, haha!

    • 31st July 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Baking is all about trial and error and following the recipe….so I’ve learned.
      This is a very simple recipe that’s worth a go 🙂

  2. 24th July 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Ooo! That looks very impressive. Magic indeed! 🙂 I bet it tastes lovely too.

    • 31st July 2016 / 5:45 pm

      It does although the base has a strange jelly like texture 🙂

  3. 24th July 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this!!! Seriously I went grocery shopping today and I was looking at lemon bars so this is an awesome recipe and I’m defiantly going to try it ☺️

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