Pumpkin Spice Magic Is the Only Cake You Need to Bake Right Now

Typically, when you see a cake with multiple luscious layers, you probably think it was baked by a pro, or maybe a contestant from The Great British Bake Off. Even though you may find yourself salivating after a single glance at a triple-layered pumpkin spice cake (like the one pictured above), you may decide it's too complicated to even attempt. Well, think again! These cakes are magic -- literally separating themselves into three scrumptious tiers while they're baking. 


We asked food blogger Jo of Jo Cooks, an avid magic cake baker, to share the secrets behind these deceptively simple sweets. 

"As far as how the separation occurs, I really think it's because of the thin batter and the egg whites folded in -- they definitely help with creating the top cakey layer," she says. 

It's baked at 320°F; some bakers believe that the lower temperature contributes to the magical separation, while others swear that it's the milk in the recipe that helps create that coveted creamy, custard layer. 

Will we ever know for sure? Probably not, and that's what makes it "magic."

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"What I love about magic cakes, really, is the magic, of course," Jo continues. "I love the fact that one batter turns into a three-layer cake. Plus, I love the taste of the cake; it's quite light and I love all the other different flavors I created, my favorite being the Nutella one."

Who could blame her? After taking one look, we can see why this tops her list. It's mouthwatering on its own, but topped with those fresh berries? Now we're really swooning. 

Nutella Magic Cake 

Did we mention there's a beautiful butterscotch variety? If this doesn't look like the perfect cake to serve with afternoon tea, we don't know what does. 

Butterscotch Magic Cake

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Light and delicate, this lemon magic cake is ideal for those who just aren't ready to say good-bye to summer. Dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with a sprig of mint, this treat could serve as the perfect ending to a Sunday brunch. 

chocolate magic cakeJo cautions that cooking times may vary depending on your oven and altitude. Just make sure these cakes aren't "jiggly" on top as you remove them from the oven. They should be golden and firm to the touch, she notes. 

I think we can all agree with Jo when she says the hardest part of this magic trick is waiting for the cakes to cool so you can sample them. We're sure once they're ready to be served, they'll pull their own "disappearing act" in no time. 


Image via jocooks.com

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