Blood Orange Magic Custard Cake

Magic custard cake (1 batter separates into 3 layers while baking) infused with the magical flavor of blood oranges!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Blood Orange Magic Custard Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Regina | Leelalicious


  • 4 eggs separated
  • pinch of salt or cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk lukewarm
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice from about 3 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon blood orange zest
  • blood orange slices for topping; from 2 oranges


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease an 8-inch square pan and set aside.
  2. In clean, grease-free bowl beat the egg whites with salt or cream of tartar until stiff. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl beat the egg yolks with water, sugar and vanilla until light. Add melted butter and beat for another minute. Then mix in the flour.
  4. Add the lukewarm milk (cold milk will harden the butter), blood orange juice and zest and beat until incorporated.
  5. Using a spatula, gently fold in beaten egg whites.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, place blood orange slices on top and bake for another 30 minutes or until the top is golden.
  7. Cool for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving.