Chocolate Magic Cake

For months Magic cake has caught my eye on different websites and this weekend I finally decided to give it a go. Magic cake or intelligent cake as its named in Romania (the origin) is a cake that is made from 1 batter but ends up giving you 3 different layers. The layers it produces are sponge on top, chocolate custard goodness in the middle and on the bottom a dense mousse type layer. The mix you make for the batter is also quite weird so bear with it, I found this recipe over on JoCooks blog whom of which I love, so many thanks go to her for this excellent recipe. The beauty of this cake is that its so light and fluffy it went down so well yesterday after a huge dinner of smoked salmon and crab claws. I am sure you will enjoy it as did Joanne, her mum and sister Karen from Lovelygirliebits


4 large eggs
1 tbsp water
150g caster sugar 
125g melted butter 
65g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
500ml warm milk
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 160c degrees. Grease and flour an 9x9 inch baking pan or dish.
  2. Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to the bowl of a mixer. Add a tbsp of water to the egg yolks and add the sugar. Beat this at high until eggs are light and creamy, you are looking for the consistency of double cream here.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla extract and salt to mixer and continue beating until butter is fully incorporated and mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Mix the cocoa with flour together and add to the mixing bowl in batches, 3 times should be enough. After each addition mix thoroughly.
  5. Once flour and cocoa powder has been mixed in, add the milk a bit at a time and mix. The milk should be warm so not to cool the butter. Make sure the milk has been mixed in thoroughly, the mixture should be pretty liquid.
  6. Clean the mixing bowl and whisk attachment and make sure you dry it out. Add egg whites to mixing bowl and the vinegar and mix until egg whites are stiff.
  7. Add a bit of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and gently fold in. Next you're going to reverse and add a bit of the chocolate mixture to the egg whites. This way it will be easier to mix everything together. Repeat until everything is well mixed and the mixture should be thin like a pancake batter.
  8. Pour the batter in the prepared baking tin/dish and bake for roughly 60 minutes or until done. The cake will still jiggle in the middle when you take it out, so that's normal. Let it cool completely then cut into squares and serve.

This cake was so yummy only wish I had made more, Joanne insisted on calling it imagine cake before the big reveal of whether the magic worked or not. I say imagine cake because if wasn't what we had expected we could imagine it to be magic, that Joanne she is a right ol joker! You will absolutely love this cake if you try it and so will your friends or guests.

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