Magic Cake!



Beat eggwhites into a slightly grainy meringue


Ready for baking




4 large egg whites,
½ tsp white vinegar (or 1/3 tsp cream of tartar)

¼ cup castor sugar (60g);
4  large egg yolks,
60g icing sugar
75g butter melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp water
115g cake flour (low protein)
2 cups (478g) lukewarm milk

Fully line and grease an 8″ square cake pan with parchment paper. Try to use one whole piece of paper to ensure no leakage.

  1. Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with both sugars, water and vanilla until light. Add melted butter and continue beating for another minute. Then add the flour and mix it in.
  3. Add the lukewarm milk and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Gently fold in meringue using a handwhisk.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated 160C oven for about 60 minutes or until the top is golden. Different ovens have different temperature so check for doneness before removing.
  6. Cool in the pan for at least 3 hours. Serve warm or cold with a sprinkled with icing sugar.
Magic in the pan

Magic in the pan…see the 3 layers?


  1. chloe said

    Hi Jeannie. You didn’t mention about the icing sugar in method but it is in your ingredients list. You have caster and also icing sugar. ?? Thanks for clarification.


    • jeannietay said

      Hi Chloe, yes you can use all caster sugar or half of each.


  2. Fran said

    Hi Jeannie,
    I made this cake for at least 5 times and could not get a tall cake layer like yours. Could you give me some help?



    • jeannietay said

      Do you at least get the 3 layers? you have to beat the hell out of the eggwhites until really stiff and grainy. Use a whisk to help you mix into the runny batter.


  3. Fran said

    Hi Jeannie,
    Did you change the amount of butter used to 75g or is it a typo on the recipe?


  4. Fran said

    Hi Jeannie,
    Thanks for the prompt reply. Oh…I beat it to a stiff stage alright but I didn’t use cream of tartar. I got the 3 layers. I just could not get a tall cake layer like yours.
    Thanks again.


    • jeannietay said

      Then just have to be happy with your 3 layers lol! some can’t even achieve that!


  5. Fran said

    Sob Sob ….(> <)…will try with cream of tartar. Btw you have some very
    ^ unique methods when it comes to baking.


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