Vanilla Custard Powder Cake

An incredibly simple cake to make and a glorious sweet treat that will win over even picky eaters!

So many things to love: it is egg-less, it can be made all in one bowl, and it has the most amazing vanilla flavor thanks to the addition of vanilla custard powder.

This cake is crunchy and flaky on the outside while the inside is rich, dense and moist. I find it has better depth of flavor and a nicer consistency if it rests for a few hours before slicing.

It is especially nice topped with berries and a dollop of whipped cream. It is wonderful for dessert and very welcome at afternoon tea.

I had never made a cake with custard powder before and I am so happy I decided to experiment yesterday. I was lucky enough to find vanilla custard powder but if you only have plain on hand, then simply add pure vanilla extract as shown in the recipe.

Fresh out of the tin, the vanilla custard powder is light pink in color. Initially I was worried this would result in a pink cake but it didn't. Instead the cake was a lovely golden yellow inside and out.

This custard cake is now a family favorite and will be served in our home many, many times in the future.

For the source recipe, please visit My Diverse Kitchen.

If you love vanilla and a recipe that comes together in a flash then this cake will be your new best friend!

My custard powder of choice:

Fresh out of the oven - a golden crust.
It actually reminds me of a sweet scone.

Enjoy !


  1. I have an orange cake that uses custard powder, but I love the idea of this recipe. I have quite a stash of custard powder at the moment so I'll be trying this soon.

  2. AnonymousMay 17, 2011

    wow this looks very lovely:) and the sound of adding custard powder to a cake is always dreamy:)

  3. I do love vanilla and fast recipes! I guess this cake is for me! Looks great!

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