Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

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Enjoy a heavenly slice of this Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake! This pumpkin magic cake recipe is basically a pumpkin custard pie but it’s a cake as well.  Firmer at the bottom, then custard, then cake, with no pie crust. 

Seriously addicting!  I’ll just put that out there now!  This pumpkin magic custard cake recipe will surely please all those pumpkin lovers when fall comes around.   You may enjoy this Creamy Custard Pie too!

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

I know it’s not even Fall yet, and here I am bringing up pumpkin desserts…Forgive me…I saw a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and it drew me in.  What can I say?

Pumpkin seems to have that effect on me. Anyways, I decided to redo my old photos for my Soft Batch Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are eggless, VEGAN and super yummy.  Have you tried them?  I forgot how soft and delicious they were!  🙂  

So, back to this pumpkin magic cake recipe!  You are going to love how creamy and decadent this tastes!

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Magic cake gets its name because it produces three layers while baking, using basic, pantry staple ingredients and just one batter. It’s just like magic!  The ingredients separate while baking to give the cake its distinct structure. While it looks like a difficult, multi-step cake, it actually requires easy steps!

Scientifically speaking, the thin, wet consistency of the batter is baked at a much lower temperature than a usual sponge cake. This allows it set very slowly, giving the ingredients time to separate into three layers based on their density.

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

More Variations of Custard Cake!

Of course, you may love the chocolate version or the vanilla version of magic cake instead of this pumpkin version?  Whichever one you make, they will not disappoint!

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Ingredients You Need for Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake Recipe

  • butter melted and cooled
  • milk, lukewarm or at least room temp. (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • eggs separated, room temperature preferred but not necessary
  • cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • pumpkin puree
  • all-purpose flour
  • Optional: powdered sugar for sprinkling on top/whipped topping

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

How to Make Pumpkin Magic Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray for easy removal.
  2. After butter is melted and cooled, warm the milk of choice until it is lukewarm and set it aside, about 40 seconds worth.
  3. Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and the powdered sugar until light yellow.
  5. Add the melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  6. Add the flour to the mixture and mix together.
  7. Add in the pumpkin and ½ cup of milk of choice. and continue mixing together, scraping down sides of bowl until combined well.
  8. Place mixer on the lowest speed, and add the remaining milk gradually until combined.
  9. Gently fold in/stir in the egg whites by hand.
  10. Pour into prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 55-65 minutes.
  12. Cake will still be jiggly because it is custard but it shouldn’t be runny.
  13. Allow the cake to cool completely before cutting.
  14. Add powdered sugar for sprinkling on top and some whipped topping! My husband likes to warm up his magic cake in the microwave and then adds the whipped cream. Outstanding!

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Other Variations Options

  • I used unsweetened almond milk in this, because I love substituting it where ever I would normally use milk.  But I think any non-dairy milk will work, like coconut or cashew. I used  Silk Almond 30 calorie unsweetened almond milk and it worked awesome.
  • If you wanted to use heavy whipping cream or half & half, keep in mind, the richer the milk, the richer and creamier the dessert will be. so use what you like!  I just wanted you to know you have options.
  • Use pumpkin pie spice versus all the other spices if desired, however when I use pumpkin pie spice, I like to add some extra cinnamon! Yum!
  • Refrigerate for at least four hours and up to 12 before serving covered lightly. Pumpkin custard magic cake can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled.  Unlike most cakes, it will not get stale in the refrigerator.

In conclusion, the Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake is more than just a delicious dessert – from its layered textures to its unexpected flavors, this cake reminds us that the best things in life are often the simplest and most unexpected.

Other recipes you may love! This Creamy Lemon Coconut Custard Pie, this Super Fluffy Lemon Pudding Cake, these Fluffernutter Apple Nachos and this Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Pound Cake will have you baking some real love!  Now who’s ready for pumpkin?

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Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake

Kim Lange
Enjoy a heavenly slice of this Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake! It will surely please all those pumpkin lovers when fall comes around.  It's basically a pumpkin custard pie but it's a cake as well.  (Firmer at the bottom, then custard, then cake, with no pie crust.  Seriously addicting.
4.68 from 28 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 Servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 2 cups milk of choice lukewarm or at least room temp. (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 4 eggs separated, room temperature preferred but not necessary
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Optional: powdered sugar for sprinkling on top/whipped topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray for easy removal.
  • After butter is melted and cooled, warm the milk of choice until it is lukewarm and set it aside, about 40 seconds worth.
  • Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  • Beat the egg yolks and the powdered sugar until light yellow.
  • Add the melted butter, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour and mix together.
  • Add in the pumpkin and 1/2 cup of milk of choice. and continue mixing together, scraping down sides of bowl until combined well.
  • Place mixer on the lowest speed, and add the remaining milk gradually until combined.
  • Gently fold in/stir in the egg whites by hand.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes.
  • Cake will still be jiggly because it is custard but it shouldn't be runny.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before cutting.
  • Add powdered sugar for sprinkling on top and some whipped topping! My husband likes to warm up his magic cake in the microwave and then adds the whipped cream. Outstanding!
Keyword cake, custard, holiday dessert, magic cake, pumpkin, pumpkin custard, thanksgiving
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Recipe slightly adapted from The Gunny Sack

 

25 Comments

  1. Hi, would i be able to substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg? If so, how many teaspoons?

    Thank you!

  2. Pumpkin in August? That’s shocking! I am not sure if I could forgive you for doing this. Mmm let me think. All right, if you ship me a box full of this delightful cake, that would be easier to forgive you Kim! Joking apart, I’ve started to cook with apples and pumpkins myself – just to be ahead of the time and have a bunch of recipes by the middle of September. And needless to mention, this pumpkin custard cake look and sounds splendid!

  3. Love magic cakes and this pumpkin version is perfect introduction for autumn although it is still awfully hot here ! Keeper, definitely !

  4. Kim, you and I have had similar experiences with that can of pumpkin. haha! I’ve never even made a magic custard cake, but I keep thinking I should! Thanks for the recipe, nowI know what to do with the rest of the can!????

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