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A cake with three different distinct layers: fudge layer, custard layer, and the fluffy sponge layer on top. All done with only preparing one cake batter. It’s truly a magic cake and it’s so delicious! Here is my take on magic custard cake with pandan flavor. Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

What’s so magical about magic custard cake

Well, typically to have three different distinct layers of texture in one cake, one would need to prepare three different batters, generally speaking! This magic custard cake only uses one cake batter and the magic happens during baking. I personally call this a “failed” sponge cake 🙂 A failed cake that just tastes so good. So, I just want to share the magic custard cake with pandan flavor! Yup, I pretty much “pandanize” everything I possibly can 🙂

How did the three layers form in magic custard cake?

Magic custard cake calls for ingredients that are similar to making traditional sponge cake. The yolk batter and the egg whites are whipped into a meringue and then fold into the yolk batter and then baked. With magic custard cake, the process is the same, only that the batter is so much runnier, very liquidy. The meringue is also whipped without any sugar or very little sugar, so it’s less stable compared to the proper meringue, which is glossy and stiff in chiffon cake or sponge cake. The cake is also baked at a low temperature. Because of such a liquidy batter combined , low baking temperature, and the different densities of ingredients, the batter slowly separates during the baking process. The bottom layer is the dense part, the second layer is a custardy part and the lightest part, which is the sponge cake part is on the top. It makes sense if you think about it!Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

How to make pandan magic custard cake

1. Cream the egg yolks and sugar until pale, creamy, and thick, about 2 minutes 2. Then add the melted butter, pandan essence (if using) and beat for another minute until combined. Add the pandan coconut milk mixture gradually, 1/4 at a time while beating at a low speed to prevent splashing all over, this take about 30 seconds or so. Sift in the cake flour and beat at low speed until just combined. Set aside 3. Make sure the bowl and the whisk attachments are grease-free. Beat the egg whites with a stand mixer or a hand mixer over medium speed (speed 6 or KA) until stiff. The meringue will not be glossy because there’s no sugar. It will hold its shape but has that “foamy” texture to it (due to the lack of sugar) and this is normal for this recipe

4. Fold the meringue into the cake batter, 1/3 at a time, using a balloon whisk. The meringue and the cake batter appear quite lumpy and you will see some egg white lumps. Totally normal in this case. This is how we want it (for the magic to happen)

5. The batter is very thin (watery). Don’t be panic. Again, this is how the magic happens later during baking 6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan 7. Put the pan in the middle rack and bake for the next 60 minutes. I need about 70 minutes with my oven. You can start checking for doneness at around 45 minutes. If you gently shake the cake pan, it shouldn’t jiggle. If it is, then bake for another 5 minutes and then check again. If the cake gets too brown on top before it cooks through, you can loosely tent it with aluminum foil, shiny side facing up 8. I use a conventional oven (bottom heat only). If you use a convection oven (top and bottom heat), you may not need to bake as long as I did, again, check at around 45 minutes 9. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool down in the pan completely. It will deflate a bit during the cooling down process and that’s normal. Once it has cooled down completely, cover with a cling wrap and chill in the fridge or 4 hours or overnight and serve the next day 10. Pull the cake out from the pan by grabbing the parchment paper. Gently peel the parchment paper off the sides. You will not see the three layers on all the sides yet. Trim off about 1/2 inch of the edges and you will see the three layers. Dust the top with some icing sugar and cut into serving size Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

How to store

Keep them in an air-tight container for 3-5 days. I do not recommend freezing.

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Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr 45 mins

Servings 10 servings (8 x 8 inch cake)

Ingredients  

Meringue:

  • 120 gr egg whites about 4 egg whites

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C) . Spray your cake pan with non-stick spray or brush with some oil. Line a 8 x 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper, overhanging on the sides so you can easily grab the cake out of the pan later. I just use two parchment paper, overlapping each other, like a cross

Prepare the cake batter:

  • Melt the butter over medium-low heat and let it cool completely. Combine pandan juice and coconut milk and set aside

  • Separate the egg yolk from the whites when they are still cold, it's easier that way. Let them come to a room temperature, about 30 minutes

  • Cream the egg yolks and sugar until pale, creamy, and thick, about 2 minutes. Then add the melted butter, pandan essence (if using) and beat for another minute until combined. Add the pandan coconut milk mixture gradually, 1/4 at a time while beating at a low speed to prevent splashing all over, this take about 30 seconds or so

  • Sift in the cake flour and beat at low speed until just combined. Set aside

Prepare the meringue:

  • Make sure the bowl and the whisk attachments are grease-free. Beat the egg whites with a stand mixer or a hand mixer over medium speed (speed 6 or KA) until stiff. The meringue will not be glossy because there's no sugar. It will hold its shape but has that "foamy" texture to it (due to the lack of sugar) and this is normal for this recipe

Fold meringue into the cake batter:

  • Fold the meringue into the cake batter, 1/3 at a time, using a balloon whisk. The meringue and the cake batter appear quite lumpy and you will see some egg white lumps. Totally normal in this case. This is how we want it (for the magic to happen). The batter is very thin (watery). Don't be panic. Again, this is how the magic happens later during baking

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan

Baking:

  • Put the pan in the middle rack and bake for the next 60 minutes. I need about 70 minutes with my oven. You can start checking for doneness at around 45 minutes. If you gently shake the cake pan, it shouldn't jiggle. If it is, then bake for another 5 minutes and then check again. If the cake gets too brown on top before it cooks through, you can loosely tent it with aluminum foil, shiny side facing up

  • I use a conventional oven (bottom heat only). If you use a convection oven (top and bottom heat), you may not need to bake as long as I did, again, check at around 45 minutes

Cooling:

  • Remove from the oven and let the cake cool down in the pan completely. It will deflate a bit during the cooling down process and that's normal

  • Once it has cooled down completely, cover with a cling wrap and chill in the fridge or 4 hours or overnight and serve the next day

Serving:

  • Pull the cake out from the pan by grabbing the parchment paper. Gently peel the parchment paper off the sides. You will not see the three layers on all the sides yet. Trim off about 1/2 inch of the edges and you will see the three layers. Dust the top with some icing sugar and cut into serving size

Notes

If you don't want to use pandan juice, simply replace all liquid with  250 ml coconut milk and 250 ml whole milk and use pandan essence instead

Nutrition

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Pandan Magic Three-Layer Custard Cake (Gâteau Magique)

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Marvellina

Marvellina is a food blogger, recipe developer, photographer, and publisher at What To Cook Today. A food blog that brings you tried and true Asian recipes.