Smart Cake


Smart Cake
This cake called the "smart cake" because during the baking process it will separate in three layers. This cake that can make its own base, cream and sponge during baking. Amazing!
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Recipe Source: Translated and adapted from
Serves: 8
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  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup of butter (2.5 sticks)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 4 cups of warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1⅓ cup of granulated sugar
  • confectioner sugar for dusting
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Take it off the heat, set it aside to cool down.
  2. Separate the egg withes from the yolks. Beat the whites in a mixer bowl until stiff, set side.
  3. In a large bowl, using a whisk mix the egg yolks with the sugar until homogenous.
  4. Add vanilla essence and lemon zest, incorporate well into the mixture
  5. Add the cold melted butter and mix until incorporated
  6. Add the sifted flour in several small quantities, mixing well after each addition until all incorporated
  7. Add the warm milk and mix well to homogenize the mixture
  8. Finally add the whisked egg whites and incorporate all well into the mixture. The mixture is very liquid at this point, this is the way it should be, it will sediment and solidify during the cooking process.
  9. Line a baking pan (9/13 inches) with parchment paper and pour the mixture
  10. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 F until the top is golden brown and the kitchen smells so good!
  11. Remove from the oven, and let it cool for about one hour.
  12. Dust with confectioner sugar, cut in squares and serve. Enjoy!


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  • Jana7600

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been trying to find this recipe with the ingredients and mostly quantity in English. Since all Romanian blogs use metric system it is hard to keep track of all measuring and ingredients and not to have a fail on a favorite cake 🙂
    Keep posting !:)

  • cam

    how many grams in a cup of flour
    and is it 200gms of butter?

  • Kim

    Your smart cake recipe calls for 1 cup of butter (2.5 sticks) the problem with that is 1 cup of butter is 2 sticks. 2.5 sticks of butter would be 1 1/4 cups of butter. Which is correct, please?

    • Claudia's Home Cooking

      Kim – Thank you for visiting my site. Since I am still learning Imperial system in the kitchen, I hope you will forgive my inconsistency. Thank you for the catch! This recipe calls for 1 cup of butter therefore 2 sticks. Enjoy!