I’ve made this Zesty Magic Custard Cake three times this week and it has already become the favorite of my family and our guests. When we moved into our new home two weeks ago, our nextdoor neighbour brought a large plate full of very tasty cheese pie slices. It was a great surprise to see that welcome treat when we were so tired of unpacking and cleaning and trying to adapt to the new house. We are lucky to have that neighbor, don’t we?
It’s a tradition here not to give the plate back empty. If your neighbor gives you something on a plate, you should give it back filled with something else. I wanted to make something special for our new neighbor, so I had to wait for a week until we completely settled down and felt ready to make a Zesty Magic Custard Cake.
This Zesty Magic Custard Cake was for our neighbor. I had been planning to make it since I saw Magic Custard Cake on pinterest and I thought the first thing to bake in the new house had to be good enough to make a celebration. This unique cake meets my expectation quite well. I gave the whole cake to our kind neighbor and she said they loved this non-Turkish cake and wanted the recipe.
It is a very light cake and you can have half of it on your own. The ingredients are the same as a regular cake, but the measurements are completely different. I must warn you that you shouldn’t doubt when you see how runny the batter of this magic custard cake is. It is just how it is supposed to be, as runny as milk. It looks like no flour is included in the batter.
The original recipe doesn’t call for lemon zest, but I thought it would give a nice flavor to the custard. I love to add freshly grated lemon zest right on the cake squares before serving to make their scent even stronger as in this Zesty Lemon Carrot Cake and in this Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 110g butter, melted
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk, lukewarm
- 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp extra grated lemon zest for topping
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- Grease a 30cmx17cm baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
- Separate eggs whites and yolks.
- Beat egg whites in a bowl until stiff and put aside.
- Whisk egg yolks, vanilla powder and sugar until creamy.
- Add melted butter and mix for half a minute.
- Add the flour and mix it with a spatula until incorporated well.
- Pour the milk gradually and continue beating.
- Add in the egg whites, one third at a time and gently mix with a spatula.
- Fold in the grated lemon zest.
- Pour this very runny batter into the baking dish and bake for 60 minutes.
- Let it cool and dust with powdered sugar.
- Top the slices with freshly grated lemon zest and serve.
- You can wait it in the refrigerator and serve it cold as well.
The recipe is slightly adapted from whiteonricecouple’s Magic Custard Cake.