Friday, September 17, 2010

Favourite Things Friday: Pudding Cake

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. –Mark Twain

{LadyBug mixing up the cake batter}
Pudding cakes came into vogue in the 1930's and I love them {who knew I was a collector of vintage :lol: ?}. Whoever invented pudding cakes was a genius. You make a little batter, pour some boiling hot sugar water over the top, bake it for a bit and end up with a cake that has a delicious pudding sauce on the bottom. They are super easy to make and allow for endless variations. I've made five pudding cakes in the last 10 days. I gave two away, but the others went straight to my hips. Here are my three favorite recipes to get you started.

Brownie Pudding Cake

1¼ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1¾ cups boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered Sugar

• Heat oven to 350˚. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish.
• Combine sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla; stir until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in baking dish.
• In a small mixing bowl, mix together sugar and cocoa; gradually whisk in boiling water and vanilla. Carefully pour the mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish.
• Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool slightly; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Serves 8

{LadyBug licking the spoon}
• If you have vanilla ice cream with it, it is like a hot fudge brownie sundae. Yum.
• For a Chocolate Volcano cake, spread 1 can cherry pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish and then put the cake batter on top.
• For a Chocolate Raspberrry cake, spread 1 can raspberry pie filling in the bottom of the baking dish and then put the cake batter on top.

Peach Pudding Cake
2 cups fresh peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup {4 tablespoons} butter, softened
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup boiling water

• Heat oven to 350˚. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish. Mix nutmeg and cinnamon with the peaches and spread in the bottom of the baking dish.
• In a medium mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Add milk and combine to make a batter. Spread the batter over the peaches in the baking dish.
• In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk in boiling water and carefully pour over the cake.
• Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Serves 6

• I usually use nectarines instead of peaches. They are just a little sweeter. And my neighbor has a nectarine tree.
• There are endless variations to this cake. Substitute 2 cups peeled and sliced apples, 2 cups peeled and sliced apples and pears, 2 cups fresh cherries, 2 cups fresh raspberries or 2 cups of mixed berries, or 2 cup of your favorite fresh fruit for the peaches {or nectarines}. Yum!

Lemon Pudding Cake
3 lemons
1 package {18¼ oz.} lemon cake mix
1 cup milk
⅔ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1½ cups warm {120˚ - 130˚} water
Powdered sugar

• Zest lemons to yield 2 tablespoons lemon zest. Juice lemons to yield ⅓ cup juice.
• Heat oven to 375˚. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
• Combine cake mix, lemon zest and milk in a medium mixing bowl. Mix until well combined and spread in prepared baking dish.
• Combine sugar and cornstarch in a small mixing bowl. Add lemon juice and warm water and whisk until well combined. Carefully pour lemon mixture over cake batter.
• Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm, topped with fresh berries if desired.

Serves 12

• This cake is SO sour it makes you pucker. I love it. For less pucker and a slightly sweeter taste, use a yellow cake mix.

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Michelle said...

Yummy! And what a great little helper you have there.

Shay said...

Your head baker looks like she's enjoying herself. Her apron is cute as a button. (So is she)

I've filed these away for future making. Sounds easy enough to do and I've never seen them before.

Thanks for sharing the recipes and variations for FTF.

Marg said...

Yummm, your recipes are going to be detrimental to my weight loss, but what a very delicious way to break it.
Your assistant looks like she is having a great time, and it's always good to be able to lick the spoon at the end.

Larri said...

And here I am returning from dinner after telling my in-laws I needed to drop a few pounds. Perhaps after I try these cakes. :o) These really look wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from FTF. Happy Friday! :o) Larri at SeamsInspired

QuiltNut Creations said...

yum yum and yum!

Wanda said...

In all the years I've been cooking and baking I didn't know a thing about pudding cakes! So now you've provided me with yet another new thing to try. Thank you! I'm thinking you have the cutest little helper. And her apron looks so familiar! :)

Angie said...

I am so going to try one of these TODAY, I think I have everything for a cherry volcano cake...I hope these are going in our cookbook. ;)

Barb said...

You are killing me, I am so hungry now.....and need to lose weight....

Paulette said...

Great-sounding recipes! Love your cute helper in her adorable apron. Good help is hard to find, but I'm sure you pay well, in hugs and kisses and permission to lick the spoon!

Amber said...

Oh wow. . . my hips really, really want these cakes right now! Seriously, I am going to make one this week!

Also, thanks for all of your encouraging comments on my blog. It's so nice to know I have a reader. I should post a picture of my last quilt (you would probably have LOTS of suggestions for me). :)

So fun to see "ladybug and grasshopper" on your blog too. When did they get so big. Weren't they just barely in 1st grade!?

Elizabeth said...

I've always loved chocolate pudding cake, but I've never tried the other kinds.

Just made the peach and it was super-yummy. Thanks for the recipe.