Lemon Pudding Cake

by Suzanne on September 12, 2013

in Sweet Things

Lemon pudding cake | you-made-that.comI realize we are into September and Fall baking calls for apples and pumpkins with spices not lemon and berries, but I can’t help but hang on tight to the very last bit of Summer.  I am enjoying some time in California at my parents house and I’ve been craving lemon desserts. My dad has a Meyer lemon tree in the back yard but the lemons are not ripe right now, so I had to buy lemons at the store, it’s like a cardinal sin here. I debated between three things to make lemon meringue pie, lemon brownies or this lemon pudding cake, I asked mom what sounded good, all of them she said. By now it’s obvious which one I choose, “lemon pudding cake”.

lemon pudding cake |you-made-that.comA few minutes after I finished taking photos of this cake my sister arrived with 3 starving teenage boys who all but devoured the dish. My mom was napping so I had to get her a piece of cake out while the remainder of the cake disappeared literally in seconds. There were “mmm’s” and “ah’s” between gulps and the only complaint was that the cake was too small! Not only did they finish this cake but they also ate the rest of another cake I had made last week , so nice to bake for boys who love your baking. My son happens to be too picky, he doesn’t eat everything in site yet like my sister’s boys who are older and swimmers.

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The texture of the cake is like souffle and pudding with the perfect tang from the lemon. There is no need for frosting or lavish decorations just a dusting of powdered sugar will do just fine.  If lemons are not your favorite citrus fruit I have also made this same cake with limes and it was pretty delicious too! You might be afraid to make a cake from scratch but this one isn’t  hard at all and it’s amazing, your family and friends will be in love with it. When you make it once you’ll want to make it again and again.  Enjoy this fantastic cake!

Lemon Pudding Cake

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon fine lemon zest
3 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar,for dusting
Strawberries or any berry you like for garnish

Directions:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 1-quart souffle dish. (You can use smaller dishes or ramekins, if you want individual servings.
Step 2: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until light and fluff. Add the sugar and lemon zest and beat until combined. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add half the lemon juice, half the flour and half the sour cream and beat until smooth; repeat with remaining lemon juice, flour and sour cream.
Step 3: Beat the egg whites at medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to medium-high, add the salt, and beat to stiff peaks. Add one-quarter of the whites to the lemon mixture and gently fold in. Continue to fold in whites one-quarter at a time. Transfer it to the prepared soufflé dish or dishes. Place the dish or dishes in a larger pan and carefully pour boiling water around it to a depth of 1 inch.
Step 4: Bake for 50-60 minutes or until lightly golden brown and the center is just set. The cake should spring back when gently touched. Do not open the oven door while the cake is baking. Remove from the water bath immediately and cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes.
Step 5: Lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from Two Peas in their Pod, Luscious Lemon Desserts and seen on The Traveler’s Lunchbox

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1 Patty September 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

Lemon pudding cake sounds good any time of year! I can understand why the boys polished your cake off and wanted more! Enjoy your visit to California ;)

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2 The Café Sucre Farine September 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

To me, lemons are always in style and delicious. And if you have the privilege of being in sunny California, that’s an even better reason to make something lemon. I was about to be jealous of the lemon tree till I read that they weren’t ripe yet. So I”m okay now. Love this pudding Suzanne, I can see why those boys gobbled it up! :)

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3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm

This looks so tender and delicious. I am into apple baking right now, but there is always room for more lemon desserts!

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4 Vicki Bensinger September 13, 2013 at 1:21 am

Just the sound of this had me drooling! Who says you can’t have lemons after summer? It’s not like wearing white shoes after Labor Day. Lemons are in season annually they just may not be the star fruit of the season but who cares. This cake is a keeper for sure.

I will be cooking all day tomorrow to bring dishes to my moms house on Saturday and now I’m afraid I have to add this one. It just sounds too good to pass up. I especially love that you can prepare it in ramekins. I wonder how much less time it needs to bake that way? I guess I will find out. Great recipe.

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5 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction September 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

Love the sound of this cake! I’m all for lemon desserts any time of year!

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I’ve never tried a pudding cake but the texture sounds amazing and I love all things lemon!

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7 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Lemon pudding cake or lemon delicious is a favorite of mine. I don’t make it often enough. Yours is beautiful!

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8 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} September 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Your cake sounds AMAZING! My mouth is puckering already. Putting this on the list to make. Hope you have a great weekend!

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9 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings September 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

What a beautiful pudding cake – a beautiful ode to the end of summer. I’d devour this too if I saw this! I have no shame, hehehe.

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10 Amy (Savory Moments) September 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I love, love lemon pudding cake! It’s been a while since I’ve made it. Yours looks so pretty!

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11 Krista September 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Oh how wonderful and sprightly and summery. :-) We’re just heading into Spring here in Oz, so this will be a wonderful dessert for us. :-)

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12 Lora @cakeduchess September 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

Sounds like an amazing time with family. My dad had so many different citrus trees. How cool that your dad has a Meyer lemon tree. I bet they are incredible. So lovely, Suzanne. I adore citrus desserts.

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13 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

I used to be all chocolate girl, but as I gain more ages, I feel like my love for citrus is overpowering the love for chocolate. I do love chocolate too, but my excitement when I see citrus flavored dessert is more intense than one with chocolate. ;) This looks so goooood! I can immediately eat half if you allow me. =P

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