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Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis

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5 from 3 votes
This old-fashioned cake makes its own lemon pudding topping while baking. Serve with a sweet-tart cherry coulis for a dessert treat any time of year.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis - a vintage recipe for lemon pudding cake in which the mixture separates into layers while baking! https://www.lanascooking.com/lemon-pudding-cake-with-cherry-coulis/

Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis – a vintage recipe for lemon pudding cake in which the mixture separates into layers while baking!

As you all know, I just love a good vintage recipe. Actually, I pretty much like all recipes, but the old ones just appeal to me in a different way. It’s the nostalgia, I suppose.

Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis - a vintage recipe for lemon pudding cake in which the mixture separates into layers while baking! https://www.lanascooking.com/lemon-pudding-cake-with-cherry-coulis/

I’ll sometimes get out my old Betty Crocker and Good Housekeeping cookbooks just to read for entertainment. Sure, some of the recipes are out of date and not really interesting to contemporary audiences, but those old cookbooks are treasure troves of deliciousness.

They’re where you’ll find great old recipes like Mushrooms Royale, Rumaki, Spiedini, and Parmesan Fans. And those are just from the appetizers section.

I was perusing my copy of the 1969 Betty Crocker Cookbook recently when I came across this old gem of a recipe. This lemon pudding cake is one of those that magically separates into two layers while cooking.

You mix everything together, pop it in the oven and when it’s done you have a light layer of cake on top of a luscious lemon pudding. Over the years I had forgotten about this old recipe so it was almost like finding an old friend again.

This delightful recipe takes about 20 minutes to put together with a baking time of 50 minutes. Mix one up when you start dinner and it will be ready just in time for dessert.

I hope you enjoy getting acquainted with this old friend of mine. I’ve also included links to some of her “cousins” at the end of the post :-)

How to Make Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put a kettle of water on the stove to heat while you proceed with the recipe.

Beaten egg whites in a mixing bowl

Mix the Batter for the Lemon Pudding Cake

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Beaten egg yolks in mixing bowl

Use a whisk to beat the egg yolks until thick and pale yellow in color. Now why did I beat the egg yolks in a yellow bowl so that you can’t see what they really look like? Duh. Probably because it was the first one I reached in the cabinet. Anyway – they’re in there. And they’re pale yellow and thick :-)

Collage showing mixing in of additional ingredients

Blend in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and milk. Add the sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk until smooth.

Add a small amount of the egg whites to the egg yolk mixture. Beat until incorporated. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the beaten whites just until combined. Do not overmix.

Casserole dish filled with lemon pudding cake mixture set inside a baking pan

Pour into an ungreased 1-quart casserole. Set the casserole dish in a larger pan and pour in boiling water until it comes about 1-inch up the sides of the casserole dish.

Baked lemon pudding cake sitting on a cooling rack

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Now, don’t be concerned if the top of the cake cracks like mine did in the photo above. This is normal.

As the cake cools, it will collapse a bit and that crack will close right up. Besides, I serve it with that side down anyway :-)

Serve warm or cool with cherry coulis.

To Make the Coulis

Empty the can of cherries along with the liquid into the bowl of a food processor or a blender. Add the sugar. Process or blend until the cherries are a fine puree. Strain through a fine sieve, discarding any solids.

I have to admit that I originally planned to serve a classic raspberry coulis with this. However, when I started to make my coulis, I found that my raspberries had passed the point of usability. So I went to the pantry to see what I might have on hand that I could use. One can of cherries and a couple of spoonfuls of sugar later and I had this gorgeous, delicious cherry coulis.

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Lemon Pudding Cake with Cherry Coulis

This old-fashioned cake makes its own lemon pudding topping while baking. Serve with a sweet-tart cherry coulis for a dessert treat any time of year.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs separated
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Coulis:

  • 15 ounces canned dark sweet cherries
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Set a kettle of water on the stove to come to the boil while you proceed with the recipe.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • Use a whisk to beat the egg yolks until thick and pale yellow in color. Blend in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and milk. Add the sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add a small amount of the egg whites to the egg yolk mixture. Beat until incorporated. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the beaten whites just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Pour into an ungreased 1-quart casserole. Set the casserole dish in a larger pan and pour in boiling water until it comes about 1-inch up the sides of the casserole dish.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or cool with cherry coulis.
  • To make the coulis: Empty the can of cherries along with the liquid into the bowl of a food processor or a blender. Add the sugar. Process or blend until the cherries are a fine puree. Strain through a fine sieve, discarding any solids.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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16 Comments

  1. This really really really is vintage. Straight out of my childhood via Betty Crocker. And Mama we are talking the 1950’s. Oh dear. Why did I even mention that. Lol. Utterly delicious, especially for us lemon nuts. A cinch to make too. On behalf of a mighty fine recipe which is timeless, thank you for featuring it.

  2. Ummmm….yes please! Love how the pudding cake looks, it is a bowl of happiness! This recipe is gorgeous! Hugs, Terra

  3. You know I love me some vintage…heck I am vintage; so this is right up my lemon loving self…with a cherry on top. :)

  4. What a delicious, vintage recipe, Lana! My mom is a huge lemon fan… I think I’ll make this for her when I see her again!

  5. That looks delicious. Wonder what it would be like with a different flavor profile, say warm spices and apple coulis for fall?

    Miss P

  6. I absolutely LOVE all your vintage recipes, your site and recipes always bring a smile. My girls are crazy for lemon, I need to make this for them. Just printed it off!!

  7. oh my goodness…..can I come and live with you? wish I liked to cook..your recipes almost make me miss being in the kitchen….almost..
    but I do love your blog…
    Love, Mona

  8. Oh I’ll bet that this is delicious. I will definitely make this.
    Better yet , you can make it the next time that you visit.