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Spoon into these lovely lemon pudding cakes and discover a layer of luscious lemon pudding beneath the cake!

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I’m always mindful of portion sizes when it comes to dessert, especially as someone who cooks for a living, but I don’t hold back with these delectable lemon pudding cakes. They are refreshingly light and practically guilt-free. Moreover, when you spoon into them, you discover a delightful surprise: while baking, the batter magically separates into a fluffy cake on top and a luscious lemon pudding on the bottom. If you don’t have ramekins, you can bake the cake in an 8-inch or 2-quart baking dish; the cook time will be about the same.

What you’ll need to make lemon pudding cakes

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How to make lemon pudding cakes

First, spray six (6-oz) ramekins with nonstick cooking spray then begin making the batter by whisking the egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, melted butter, and salt in a large bowl.

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Add the flour and sugar and whisk until smooth.

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In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

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When you lift the beaters out, the peaks should curl.

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Whisk a bit of the beaten eggs into the lemon mixture to lighten it. Then add the remaining beaten egg whites to the mixture.

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Gently fold with a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth.

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The batter will be light, foamy, and liquidy.

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Place the prepared ramekins into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Ladle the batter evenly into 6-oz (180-ml) ramekins (it will come almost to the top). Using a teapot or pitcher, pour room temperature water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. The water bath (also called a bain marie) regulates the temperature and keeps the cake baking at a gentle temperature so the custard, or pudding, can form.

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Carefully place the baking pan in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the cakes are puffy and lightly golden on top.

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Using tongs, carefully remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes before serving. (They will sink a bit as they cool; that’s okay.) Dust with Confectioners’ sugar and serve with berries, if desired. Enjoy!

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Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes

Spoon into these lovely lemon pudding cakes and discover a layer of luscious lemon pudding beneath the cake!

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk (low-fat or whole)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Fresh berries and Confectioners' sugar, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Spray six (6-oz) ramekins with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and salt. Add the flour and sugar and whisk until smooth.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. (The peaks should curl when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.) Spoon about ¼ of the egg whites into the lemon mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining egg whites and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold into the lemon mixture until smooth. The batter will be light, foamy, and liquidy.
  4. Place the prepared ramekins into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Ladle the batter evenly into the ramekins (it will come almost to the top). Using a teapot or pitcher, pour room temperature water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Carefully place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cakes are puffy and lightly golden on top. Using tongs, carefully remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes before serving. (They will sink a bit as they cool; that's okay.) Dust with Confectioners' sugar and serve with berries, if desired.
  5. Make Ahead: The cakes can be made a day ahead of time. Once completely cool, cover the cakes with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Before serving, preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Remove the plastic wrap and place the ramekins on a baking sheet; heat for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (1 cake servings)
  • Calories: 248
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Sugar: 36 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Sodium: 152 g
  • Cholesterol: 105 g

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • Easy and Fabulous!!!!

    • — R kramer on January 24, 2023
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  • I made these yesterday for a family gathering. Since it was a bigger crowd I doubled the recipe, and I used the tiny small size jam-jars to bake them. What a hit!! I’m glad I had extras, everyone was raving about them, and practically licking the little jars clean. Thanks, great recipe!!

    • — Donna DS on January 23, 2023
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  • This is my second review – I am adding it because, this time, I baked it in my Combi Steam Oven. I have been experimenting with baking in it lately – did the wonderful Vanilla Cake in it and it turned out great so I thought I’d try this, as it avoided using a bain marie (which, since I am still not very strong after breaking my arm, seemed like a disaster waiting to happen). The cakes turned out great! Cooked at 350 with 50% steam but just for 35 minutes. So, if any of you have a steam oven give it a go. Note: once again, I halved the sugar and it was sweet enough for my lemon-loving family.

    • — Cindy on January 22, 2023
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  • It turned out perfectly. Reminds me of my mother and grandmother’s recipe.

    • — SJW on January 17, 2023
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  • A fresh, light, and delicious dessert option.
    Thank-you for sharing this lemony treat.
    I topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yumm.

    • — Teresa on January 16, 2023
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  • These were so good! What an impressive dessert and so easy and yummy!

    • — Jenna on December 19, 2022
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  • Oh my gosh! You did it again ? amazing absolutely amazing.
    I’m a terrible cook and baker lol I usually can’t even follow recipes. But I can always manage yours! They always turn out so good!!

    • — Kristin Pirone on December 12, 2022
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  • I made it the night before, according to the recipe, then warmed it up for 10 minutes and it was the best dessert I’ve ever made! I added a squirt of whipped cream and a fresh blackberry on tap. All 5 of my guests cook regularly and they asked for the recipe and also agreed that it was awesome! I have a lemon tree so I will make this again and again until everyone I know has tasted it!

    • — Sandy Bell on December 12, 2022
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  • These were great, and quite simple to make. We topped them with passionfruit sauce that my wife made — that worked well too.

    • — Andrew on October 31, 2022
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  • I have a question on size of the ramekin! Since it calls for 6 oz ramekins, how should I adjust the bake time for ramekins that are 4 oz?

    • — Celine on October 13, 2022
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    • Hi Celine, I’d start checking them for doneness at 35 minutes. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2022
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      • Hi Jenn! Thank you for the tip and they turned out great after 45 mins! very delicious

        • — Celine on October 20, 2022
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        • So glad they came out nicely — thanks for reporting back!

          • — Jenn on October 21, 2022
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  • I have to say this is the BEST Lemon Pudding Cake I’ve ever had and I’ve had alot. The recipe is amazingly good and relatively easy. I used two mixers so I had both whipped up at the same time. Delicious!! Like Grandma used to make. Thank you and well done.

    • — Marilyn Wilson on October 10, 2022
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