Sunday, 30 April 2017

Chocolate Orange Magic Cake

Wow family and friends with this chocolate orange magic cake, a tray bake style bake, which is equally delicious as it is interesting.  Magic cakes are relatively easy to make, using one batter to produce a cake with three layers.

A magic cake recipe, a relatively simple cake made with one batter to produce a three layered cake.

One batter.  One cake.  Abracadabra.  Three layers.  It's a magic cake!

I recall first seeing magic cakes soon after launching Only Crumbs Remain.   Back then they were the bee's knees!

How to make a Magic Cake, flavoured with chocolate orange

Even though that trend has since given way to pouring (illusion) cakes, drip cakes and more recently unicorn cakes (or at least that's what my Pinterest and Instagram feed has led me to believe) I felt the need to try out this relatively simple cake, which produces such an interesting bake once sliced into.   

On the face of it this tray bake cake looks like a regular sponge cake.  But once sliced into the magic becomes apparent.   Three layers including a delicious brownie like sponge and set custard!  

You can't fail to be intrigued.

Magic Cake recipe, flavoured with chocolate orange

Imagine bringing this chocolate orange magic cake to the table to share with family and friends over a pot of tea or cup of coffee.  Nicely cooled from the oven, aromas of chocolate and baking still fill the air.  Gasps of amazement as the cake is cut before them to reveal its magic!

Magic cake, made with one batter to produce a three layered cake

Now I have to admit that other magic cakes on social media and Google searches are blessed with layers of equal depth, unlike our third layer which is slightly thin sandwiched between the brownie like sponge and custard layer.  I suspect that is all down to our oven.  But don't let that put you off trying this fun and scrummy bake, who knows, you may have more luck than me and achieve equally sized layers!     



So, here's how to make Chocolate Orange Magic Cake!














 

 

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34 comments:

  1. It looks great, I love the layers, so well defined. It must be yummy too. x

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    1. Thanks Anca, it's the layers and 'magic' of it which inspired me tbh. It defo is yummy - can't beat chocolate orange.
      Angela x

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  2. This is one of my favourite recipes from Only Crumbs Remain! I absolutely love orange flavoured chocolate, I love the look of this cake, the fact that it doesn't seem too hard to make and the photos are really really good too:)

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    1. Aw thankyou so much Monika, cos I love chocolate orange combo I have a few other bakes with that combo on the blog too ;-) It's not too difficult, i think the hardest part is folding in the meringue tbh,
      Thankyou for your lovely comments monika,
      Angela x

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  3. Wow I'd never heard of magic cakes - I can't get my head around that! I wonder what the science is behind it that it goes into 3 layers!!! Amazing! Absolutely must try this!

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    1. I've only ever seen them on Pinterest and IG Rebecca, they seemed to be the main part of my feed a year or two ago. Hahaha, yes, I wonder what the science is behind the magic. I think it's because the batter is so thin the heavier ingredients gradualy sink during the bake creating the layers. Or at least that's my thought. Saw your picture on IG, glad to see you tried it Rebecca.
      Angela xx

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  4. I love your magic cake Angela, chocolate and orange are one of my favourite flavour combinations. Great recipe instructions as usual. I must be a bit late to the party as I haven't come across them before :-)

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    1. Aw thankyou Sarah, I love chocolate orange too - it's such a winner in my eyes. Ooh I'm surprised you've not spotted them on Pinterest at least, a tad surprised there.
      Thanks for your lovely comment Sarah,
      Angela x

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  5. I haven't heard of magic cake. Those layers are so intriguing! I will pin it to try later, Thanks!

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    1. It really is intriguing isn't it - amazing how it's all made with one batter.
      Angela x

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  6. I keep meaning to try a magic cake! May have to give this one a go in the summer hols #cookblogshare

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    1. I've had magic cakes on my list for ages and somehow forgot abou them but was prompted when I saw one on Pinterest again recently! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did (and hope you get a better third layer too),
      Angela x

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  7. Ohh this looks really good! What a good idea - definitely my kind of bake when you only need to make one mixture!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  8. Is it a brownie or is it a custard :) It definitely looks magical and oh so gorgeously yummy! You cannot beat the flavour combination either and beautiful photos speak for themselves! :)

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    1. Haha, indeed :-)
      Thankyou Jo, I'm a huge fan of chocolate orange too,
      Angela x

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  9. This is very intriguing, and looks delicious! I keep seeing it pop up on facebook & it makes me drool every time! I must give this a go, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It is really is fascinating isn't it Helen, I hope you enjoy it ass much as we have if you give it a go,
      Angela x

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  10. I love those flavours and the cake looks so creamy and attractive!

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    1. It's such a popular flavour combo isn't it - one of my favourites :-)
      Thanksyou for your lovely comment Liz,
      Angela x

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  11. I love that it's called magic cake! You can't go wrong with chocolate and orange.

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    1. You're right, chocolate orange is such a winner isn't it. It's a great name (wish I could say I'd thought of it but alas not), but it really is the perfect name for it,
      Angela x

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  12. This looks gorgeous!What a clever idea.I haven't seen them before.Great pics and recipe.xx

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    1. I bet you'll end up seeing loads of them on Instagram and Pinterest now - or at least that's what I usually find what happens when I come across something new.
      Thanks for your lovely comments Jenny,
      Angela x

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  13. Intriguing! I have seen magic cakes before.... and always wondered whether they would work gluten free. I may just have to try it out to find out! It sounds lovely xx

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    1. Thankyou Kate :-), my hunch is is it will work GF - but I'm defo no expert I'll leave that area up to you :-) I hope it does work for you,
      Angela xx

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  14. I'm intrigued by these cakes too. I've seen a few online but never attempted one. It looks like the layers all have such a great texture too! It's definitely something on my list to experiment with now!

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    1. They really are fascinating aren't they Corina. The layers they produce are very different to one another too - these seemed to produce something akin to a set custard topped with a brownie.
      Angela x

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  15. I have heard of this so called Magic Cake and I wondered if it actually worked. I love the layers - it is so clever ! I also love your flavours - mmmm. x

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    1. It really is so interesting how one batter can produce a cake with more than one layer, I think it's down to the fact that the batter is quite thin and so the heavier elements drop down during the bake. You can't beat chocolate orange can you Jenny - it's so yummy :-)
      Angela x

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  16. I've not heard of magic cake before but it look fabulous! I'd love to try this chocolate orange version of yours :)

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  17. Oh wow this looks amazing! I love the defined layers and love the flavour combination, chocolate orange is one of my favs! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Thankyou so much Kirsty, it's one of my favourites too Kirsty :-)
      Angela x

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