Custard Cake Recipe

This impressive cake is absolutely magic, one thin milky batter separates into three unique textures in the oven, a firmer thick batter at the bottom, creamy custard in the centre and a spongey cake topping. Sounds impossible? You’ll just have to try it! Serve this cake with fresh berries or citrus.


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1⁄4 cups caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • 3⁄4 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) full cream milk, lukewarm
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1⁄2 cup flaked almonds, toasted


1- Preheat an oven to 160°C (140°C fan forced). Line the base and sides of a 20cm round cake pan.

2- In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until firm peaks form. Set aside

3- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and water with an electric mixer over high speed for 5 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add in the butter until mixed through.

4- Reduce mixer speed to low, add flour and mix in until just combined. Gradually beat in the lukewarm milk until incorporated. Gently fold in beaten egg whites with a large metal spoon.

5- Pour mixture into pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until the top is golden, and the centre is slightly wobbly. Cool in the pan until completely cold.


1- Combine sugar, water and honey in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thickened into a syrup. Allow to cool to room temperature.

2- Sprinkle almonds over cake and drizzle with syrup, then serve.


When adding beaten egg whites to batter, begin by stirring one spoonful of the beaten egg white into the mix. It will lighten the batter and make it more accepting of the remaining egg white when you gently fold it in.

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