Magic Lemon Cake Recipe

I adore lemon cake (I already had a recipe for the Fiance’s Lemon Cake on my blog!) and was thrilled when I made this cake with the fiancé’s sister! This was actually the desert for our last dinner in Nice, and it was delicious. We found the recipe on this French cooking blog that I love.

This cake is called a “magic” cake because with only one cake mixture, three different layers magically form in the oven! The bottom layer has a flan-like texture, the middle is a soft cream, and the top is a flakey cake. The combination of the three makes it really surprising and, most importantly, super delicious! It’s also really easy and quick to make – the perfect cake!

Magic Lemon Cake

Magic Lemon Cake Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes + 50 minutes in the oven

Serves: 8


  • 110g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 480ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 150g white sugar
  • 120g flour
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • Icing sugar (to decorate)


1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a pan with butter and greaseproof paper.

2. Break the eggs and separate the whites and the yolks into two large bowls.

3. Melt the butter in the microwave and then set aside let it cool for a bit.

4. In the bowl with the egg yolks, add the sugar until well blended. Then add the lemon zest and juice, the butter, the flour and finally the milk, mixing well in between each ingredient.

5. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff, and gently incorporate them into the other mixture, making sure not to break them.

6. Pour into the pan and bake for 50 minutes.

7. Let it cool completely, sprinkle with icing sugar and cut into squares. Then marvel at the three layers!

Magic Lemon Cake Recipe 2