Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TARTA MAGICA / MAGIC CAKE

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By now,most of you all might know that I love cakes with a twist and I like the twist to be revealed when the cake is cut into. It could be a simple twist like my Checkerboard cake or a slightly crafty twist like my Hearts & Roses Cake. I cannot tell you the fun I have in crafting such cakes and the anticipation I have when I cut into it.My search for such cakes never ends. I need some fun in the kitchen when I play with flour, sugar, eggs and butter!
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This time the search time ended at Mabel's blog. Language can never be a barrier for me when it comes to food,baking in particular.Everything can be translated with a click of a button,so why worry?

So what's special with this cake? Did you look closely enough to see the 3 layers? Those 3 layers came from one batter. Yes, the cake is made using a single batter but when baked, it separates itself to create 3 layers. The first layer resembles a good sponge cake, the middle layer is like my favourite firm custard and the bottom layer is a much more firmer custard which lets us slice into the cake beautifully and lift the slices off the serving plate.

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Isn't that a smart idea to wow your guests ? Isn't that a smart idea to impress yourself? Isn't that a smart idea to get 3 textures from one cake batter? Isn't this cake MAGICAL? :-) Yes! It clearly justifies it's name. This is a Magic Cake.

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Ingredients:
4 eggs,separated at room temperature
150grams sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter,melted
115 g flour
500 milliliters / 2 cups warm milk
Method:Preheat the oven to 325 F and lightly grease an 8 X 8 inch square or an 8inch round tin.
In a large bowl, beat  together the yolks,sugar,water and vanilla.Add the melted butter to it and beat to mix. Add the flour in 3 batches and beat till incorporated. Add the warm milk and stir well.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until firm but not dry. Fold it into the batter in 3 batches. The batter will be very very runny and it will be impossible to fold in the whites without having some lumps floating around. But that's OK. Go ahead and pour the very runny batter into the tin and bake for 60 minutes (My oven took only 45 minutes) or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 3 hours.Dust with confectioners sugar before serving.
The key here is to look out for the golden brown colour for the cake. It will be soft and lightly giggly in the centre when pressed. That's how it should be. That's what becomes the custard centre.

So now, what are you waiting for? Take a note of the recipe and go bake one! This cake is delicious. I like things with custard in it so I really loved it.Ian Vaava as usual was my kitchen assistant and I really think he pays good attention to what's happening around him. So once the cake was left in the oven to bake, we sat in front of the telly catching up with some shows. The timer was set for 45 minutes just to be sure we don't over bake the cake. When the timer ticked off,Ian Vaava turned around to see what's happening and he looked at me as if to tell me,'Amma, I think it's done!'

So he was promptly rewarded with a small share of this cake. Not to mention how he drooled over it. I gave him only the soft set custard from the centre and he was bending over the cake tin to have more!
  

22 Comments:

Priya Suresh said...

You done it, just bookmarked it to try..Looks absolutely fantabulous.

Ponnu Alfred said...

Looks amazing .............. will try it soon ..........

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Cake looks great..Bookmarking it..

Priya R said...

Beautiful cake Ria very soft and I love the 3 layers in them.

Fajeeda said...

yum yum ria.. want to try this soon!!

Divya Kudua said...

Love the golden brown texture of the cake and 3 layers you said,wow!Love reading about Ian vaava's baking adventures;)

Rafeeda AR said...

this looks absolutely gorgeous... bookmarked!!!

Purnima said...

Gud pick,Ria..looks osm ..

Naqabi said...

Wow just Another Thing Which can be Done So easily gr8 going :)

Naqabi said...

Amazingly Caught my attention something so simple to be done will try out soon

Jaisha said...

Looks really fabulous Ria.. bookmarked it, cant wait to bake it soon:)

Ritu J Rose said...

It looks yummy. My tooth just sinks in to it with the description of the cake layers.

Chitz said...

Really magical.. I am gonna try this for sure !!!

LOTUS said...

looks yummy and perfect... will try it soon...nice clk....

divya said...

Looks yumm and lovely click..

Entangledlyfe said...

How many gms in 1 stick of butter ?Wanna make it.

Amrita Vishal said...

Loved the magic!!

Meena Selvakumaran said...

Really magical ,it looks so delicious.

THAT girl said...

hi ria,
will be trying out this cake this weekend. should this custardy cake be served cold or at room temperature or straight out of the oven?

cant wait!!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I'm so sure to try this cake pretty soon Ria this is wonderful!

Revathi said...

so delicious,bookmarked will try out soon

Unknown said...

Just put mine the oven ! Can't wait to dig in :D

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