Day And Night Cake

Can’t decide between chocolate or yellow cake then why not both? This pretty cake is filled with rich custard that really brings it all together. The fresh lemon zest in this cake gives it a summer fresh zest that cannot be missed.

cake:
5 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded coconut

filling:
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
3 tablespoons flour
2 eggs, beaten

cake:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large bowl add eggs and whisk until blended. Add sugar, whisk well. Blend in flour, baking powder, lemon zest, salt and vanilla. Whisk until well blended. Grease two 9-inch baking pans. Pour half of cake batter into one pan. Add cocoa to remaining batter, whisk well and add to empty cake pan. Bake 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes.

filling:
2. In a 1-quart saucepan on medium heat add milk and lemon zest. Whisk well. In a medium bowl add sugar, flour, vanilla, butter and eggs, mix well. Add mixture into milk. Raise to a full boil whisking continually until mixture thickens.

3. Carefully remove cakes from pans. Lay on a flat surface and with a long bread knife carefully cut in between each cake to make 4 layers. Place bottom layer on cake plate and fill the top of each layer with custard filling until all layers are filled, including the top of the cake. Sprinkle coconut on top.

Yields: 1 cake

7 Responses to Day And Night Cake

  • Honey says:

    This looks really nice, but is vanilla extract halal? – as I thought alcohol is used in the extraction process and so it contains roughly about 35% alcohol?

  • Noor says:

    Honey, I live in Saudi Arabia so my vanilla is halal. You can find halal vanilla at your local halal store and if your in the UK or Middle East you can use the vanilla powder.

  • Taste of Beirut says:

    i totally agree Noor! Two flavors is better than one! That cake looks very inviting, cut me a slice please!

  • Sarah says:

    Ohhh man – I LOVE the custard filling in bakery cakes! Can never make it quite the same (probably because they’re filled with chemicals haha). Delicious!

  • Noor says:

    Sarah I have made a lot of custard and this recipe has to be one of the best. It was really hard not to just eat it lol.

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