Warm Lemon Pudding Cake

By: Jennifer M November 23, 2013 Sweets 59 Comments
Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
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A while back, I was sent a copy of a great, new cookbook from the lovely ladies at Sweet Potato Chronicles. How to Feed a Family is a beautiful cookbook, thanks to the stunning photography of Maya Visnyei. Beyond that though, it is full of a wide variety of family-friendly recipes on the theme “Eat Healthy, Live Happy, Stay Sane”

How to Feed a Family: The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cookbook is perfect for anyone looking to cook simple, nutritious food that the whole family will love. I love that each of their recipes, while giving a nod to healthy eating and great ingredients, doesn’t compromise on flavour and general appeal (especially for kids). It’s not always easy to achieve, but they’ve done it masterfully. I have made several recipes from this book, all with great success. If you are looking for cookbook gifts for the holiday season, this would be a great choice!

One of the recipes that caught my eye was this Lemon Pudding Cake. I am a sucker for anything lemon, so I was anxious to try it. It was a bonus that I found some Meyer lemons at the store this week (thank you President’s Choice!). That said, regular lemons will do just fine.

Preparing this recipe involves a couple of steps. First you make the lemony pudding base, using egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and a bit of flour, for thickening. Then separately, you whip up the egg whites with a bit of sugar. Both of these parts are then gently folded together. As it bakes, the creamy lemon pudding cooks on the bottom while the egg whites float to the top and cook up into a soft meringue-like “cake”. I should point out that it really isn’t cake, as we typically think of it. It’s very light. Souffle-like.

Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
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If you’re looking for a dessert that is light and not too sweet, this is a perfect choice. It would be great for finishing a special meal as the flavour is fresh, but it’s light enough to be enjoyed on top of a big meal. This pudding kept well in the fridge, without suffering much at all, if you need to make it ahead a bit. Just cover with plastic wrap once cooled, refrigerate and re-warm slightly before serving.

Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
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Note: The cups that I baked my puddings in are marked as oven-safe. I wouldn’t suggest using cups that don’t clearly indicate they will be safe in the oven, as bad things could happen to them and I’d feel really bad about that.

Adapted from How to Feed a Family: The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cookbook

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  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I can’t wait for my Meyer lemons to be ripe so I can try this – a beautiful and bright dessert!

    • Jennifer M November 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much Laura. I can only dream of having Meyer lemons ripen in my yard ;) *jealous!

  2. Liz November 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Jennifer, I’m a sucker for anything lemon as well….sometimes I’ll even take it over chocolate! I’m definitely marking this recipe as one to make soon :)

    • Jennifer M November 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      This is a lemon-lovers treat, Liz. Hope you get a chance to try them. Delicious!

    • Kelly December 3, 2013 at 7:41 am

      You mean, you’re a *pucker* for anything lemon. Bah dum, chh.

      • Jennifer M December 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

        Definitely that, too :)

  3. Joshua @ Slim Palate November 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Wow these photographs are just stunning. Beautiful work. Love the fleck of confectioners sugar all around them. Makes them look so light and gorgeous.

    • Jennifer M November 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Joshua.

  4. whiness November 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I’m a fan of lemon desserts so this pudding would be perfect for me! It looks light and delicate.

    • Jennifer M November 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

      You would enjoy it, for sure. It is light and lemon-y!

  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 24, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Gorgeous! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

    • Jennifer M November 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Chung-Ah :)

  6. Renee November 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    So lovely, Jennifer! And those cups! May I ask where you got them from? I love serving dessert in something I can also drink out of :)

    • Jennifer M November 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Renee. Believe it or not, I found these cups at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It’s a treasure trove of goodies!

  7. Barbara November 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    This looks scrumptious! I’m gluten- and dairy-free, though, so I’m hoping I can use a g-f flour mix and almond milk and still make it work.

    • Jennifer M November 25, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Thanks Barbara. I think you could make this gf and dairy free, as it’s the eggs that are the critical part in this recipe. You could consider cornstarch (corn flour) for the pudding part, as well. The main role of the flour is as a thickener of the pudding, so any gf flour option that thickens well should work.

      • Barbara November 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        Oh, good – I’m glad you think it can be done! Corn starch isn’t possible for me – I am deathly allergic to corn. But as you say, there are many g-f options!

        • Jennifer M November 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          Let me know how it works out, Barbara.

          • Barbara November 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

            I will – thanks, Jennifer!

  8. Pam November 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful photo! Thinking of giving this a try — Do you think these could be made an hour ahead, then popped into the oven so they would be warm at dessert time?

    • Jennifer M November 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Pam and absolutely, you could do them an hour ahead and re-warm. They don’t have to be hot – just warm, so just a few minutes in the oven should do it if they are at room temp already. (I refrigerated my leftovers and re-warmed in the microwave a day+ later and they were just fine.

  9. Sophie November 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Oh awesome! The texture of these is killing me. Is it sort of like that Magic Custard Cake that went around the internets this summer? That was pretty good, but this looks even more inviting :) Great photos, as usual!

    • Jennifer M November 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks Sophie. I made the Magic Custard Cake a while back (couldn’t resist :). It was delicious, but this is a different kind of delicious. My first thought when I ate it the topping was that it’s like the meringue on a lemon meringue pie, only with a bit more texture (not so airy … and warm).

  10. Aly December 1, 2013 at 1:36 am

    How would you recommend rewarming it? It sounds delicious!

    • Jennifer M December 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I just rewarmed in the microwave. Keep covered with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 45 seconds to a minute.

  11. Trisha December 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    This is absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS! My friend and I made this (by hand, unfortunately for our arms, but it can be done) and we loved it. Light, decadent, perfect for something sweet on a chilly winter evening.

    • Jennifer M December 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I feel your arm pain, but so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back to let me know :)

  12. Fatima December 8, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I tried these yesterday.. Absolutely amazing.

    • Jennifer M December 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them, Fatima.

  13. Teresa December 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    What is the brand of the little teacups? I know you said that you bought them at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, but I was wondering if I may be able to locate them elsewhere. I’ve been on the hunt for ramekins, but these are just so much cuter!


    • Jennifer M December 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Teresa, Sorry for the delay. I was away for the weekend, so couldn’t check the cups to see the brand until tonight. They are marked “Gibson Everyday” Microwave and Oven Safe(gibsonusa.com). Since the Habitat reStore is really just a thrift store, they could be long out of production. If you can’t find these exact ones, I’d look for similar cups that indicate oven safe (not all that common, but there are some out there)

      • Teresa December 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        No problem, thanks for your help.

  14. Gintare @Gourmantine December 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Your stunning photos caught my eye and these cups are simply adorable. Would be perfect for a no fuss festive dessert!

    • Jennifer M December 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Gintare. They would be perfect, for sure. A delicious and easy dessert.

  15. Laura December 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you so much, Jennifer. We so appreciate your wonderful review and your photography is incredible! You make our food look even more appealing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    • Jennifer M December 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Laura. I am thoroughly enjoying your cookbook and everything I’ve made has been wonderful. Looking forward to the next one :)

  16. Jana December 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Do you think these could be baked in little mason jars? Any idea if you’d need to adjust the baking time?

    • Jennifer M December 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      I think they could be, Jana. I have baked in mason jars, so that part shouldn’t be an issue. As for baking time, if they are the little 4oz. ones, time would be a little less. If 8oz. or so, about the same as my tea cups (which took 15 minutes). Make sure to only fill about 3/4 full, as they do rise as they cook. Let me know how it works out!

      • Jennifer M December 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Oops, that would be 30 minutes-ish for the 8oz. size (was thinking of my chocolate puddings). Again, a bit less for a smaller jar.

  17. Jana December 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Super! Thanks for the quick, thorough answer! :)

  18. Jana December 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    We made this last night, in 4-oz. mason jars, which made 11 servings.

    So cute! And they only needed about 15 minutes to bake.

    First bite: rendered speechless! YUM!

    • Jennifer M December 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks for the update Jana. I love the mason jar idea and I think the 4oz. size is perfect for small dessert treats. Glad you enjoyed them.

  19. Antara January 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Hi Jen,

    I made this pudding two nights back. It was absolutely delicious! I love lemon desserts. This pudding had the perfect combination of lemony tang, sweetness, and “airiness” (probably from the egg whites right?)!

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Btw the photos are stunning :)

    Happy 2014!

    • Jennifer M January 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Thanks so much, Antara. So glad you enjoyed it! Happy 2014 to you, as well :)

  20. Elianna M January 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hi- do you think this can be made with soymilk?

    • Jennifer M January 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Elianna. I have to be honest and say I have no idea. My gut tells me it probably would work ok, but not sure how soy milk reacts having never used it myself. Maybe someone else might come along and weigh in.

  21. Erika January 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I just made me this tonight and I was worried it was too runny (before being baked, obvs), but it baked up perfectly! It really was a delicious, tart pudding cake!

    • Jennifer M January 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Erika.

  22. Heather February 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Recently I was given some fresh Meyer Lemons direct from California and had no idea what to do with them. A Google search “what to do with Meyer Lemons” led to someone’s PInterest page which included a link to your website.


    I made nine little ramekins tonight and have already eaten three! Plus, I have enough lemons left to make your sweet pull-apart rolls – tomorrow’s agenda!

    I am totally impressed with your website and all of your recipes and shall definitely be following you regularly.


    • Jennifer M February 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the puddings and I know you will love the pull-apart bread.

  23. unnati singh February 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I had only two eggs so I kinda meddled with the measurements but goddamn bloody hell.
    It was delicious.
    Thank you :D

    • Jennifer M February 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

      So glad you enjoyed it and good job meddling with the ingredients!

  24. Mary Bis March 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

    To make this recipe gluten free, what is the best replacement for 1/4 cup all purpose flour. I am guessing corn starch….or……gluten free flour?? Can you advise

    • Jennifer M March 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Hi Mary, I’m sorry, but I have no advice for you. I have zero experience making gluten-free substitutions. I’d only be guessing and truthfully, your guess is sure to be better than mine :)

  25. Pat April 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Hi just made the lemon pudding and yet does taste delicious however I am not sure if it should have a wet bottom

    • Jennifer M April 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Pat. Oh yes. It’s a pudding cake, so it has pudding on the bottom.

  26. Shaun April 20, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I’ve made this twice now and I think this is delicious. The only problem is that I can’t seem to make the right consistency of the pudding on the bottom. In my last attempt it turned into something like a simple syrup and I can’t understand why. This is my first attempt to try to make a dish like this so I was wondering, do you have any tips on how to avoid this?

    • Jennifer M April 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Hi Shaun, If you pudding isn’t thick on the bottom, I’d look to the mixing of the butter and egg yolks. Not sure what you’re using to mix, but I’d try mixing longer. Be sure to do the butter/sugar for 2-3 minutes, at least, and then beat well after each egg addition. See if that helps.

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