As an avid Pinterest user, I’m constantly pinning, bookmarking and trying new recipes. There are times I will find and try a recipe that is so delicious that I just have to share it. Sometimes, the recipe is just okay and we try it once or twice but never see it again. And there are of course times when a recipe is just so gross I have to wonder if I screwed up the recipe somehow. Today, I tried one that is somewhere between ehh and ick. Closer to the ick part though.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen this pass through your Pinterest stream. It’s pretty, intriguing and has simple enough instructions to just give it a whirl. The idea of a single cake batter magically turning into 3 layers of cake first had me thinking it was a trick but then had me thinking, I must try this.
And so that’s what I spent my Monday doing … making Magic Cake.
The process is simple enough. You whip some egg whites, fluff some sugar and egg yolks, add in some flour and fold the egg whites back in. This results in a light and slightly foamy batter that reminds me of sponge cake. When it goes in the baking dish it’s definitely one solid color and texture.
When it comes out of the oven it gets dusted with powder sugar. Right away I could see two very distinct layers, the supposed third, ehh maybe if you strain your eyes a bit.
Out of the pan it’s a beautiful yet simple cake. But that’s where I stopped enjoying it. The bottom layer is suppose to be custard-like but in reality it tasted like a baked omelette. The middle layer is a very fluffy and light cake but lacks any sort of flavor. The top is a bit crunchy and the sweetness from the powdered sugar helps (I even added some cinnamon and nutmeg) but overall, there’s just not much more than an overwhelming flavor of egg.
I’m sure someone out there will love this cake but me personally, it’s getting filed away in the do-not-bake-ever-again folder.