What's the Deal with Magic Cake?

What's the Deal with Magic Cake?

Ariel Knutson
Sep 15, 2016

Magic cake has been around for the last couple years, but it's recently been picking up more steam on Pinterest and Instagram. While the idea might seem like something out of Harry Potter, as Mashable has noted, it's actually something we mere humans have created.

So, what's the deal with magic cake, and why is it so, well, magical?

Magic cakes look like beautifully layered custard cakes — the top layer is a sponge cake, the middle layer is custard, and the bottom layer is fudge-like. The secret to this cake, however, is that it only requires one batter. When you actually bake the cake, it magically separates into three distinct layers.

The batter itself doesn't appear to be special when you glance at the ingredients — it includes the standard flour, butter, vanilla extract, and eggs you might see in any cake recipe. Apparently it's the ratio of ingredients (i.e., a very thin batter) that helps the cake separate into three layers.

Have you tried making magic cake? Are there any recipes you particularly love? Let us know in the comments!

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