Jan's never-fail custard cake

Jan's never-fail custard cake can be made in multiple varieties, and all work as beautifully as each other.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 8
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Jan's never-fail custard cake
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (35g) custard powder
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 gram softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 300 millilitre thickened cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 2/3 cup (220g) strawberry jam


Jan's never-fail custard cake
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a deep 20cm round cake pan; line base with baking paper. In an electric mixer bowl, place flour, custard powder, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla essence and milk; mix on slow speed until ingredients are combined, then beat on a medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • 2
    Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn onto a wire rack, topside-up, to cool.
  • 3
    Beat cream and icing sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Split cake in half. Join cake with cream mixture and strawberry jam. Dust the top with extra sifted icing sugar, if desired.


Unfilled cake suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave. Variations: BANANA: Replace custard powder with 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour and add 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed. CHOCOLATE: Replace custard powder with 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour and add 1/4 cup cocoa powder. ORANGE: Replace custard powder with 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour and replace milk with orange juice.

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