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Lemon Pudding Cakes

Spoon into these cakes and find a surprise: There's a delicate sauce at the bottom. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 304.

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  • Servings: 8
Lemon Pudding Cakes

Photography: Standard

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2012


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more, room temperature, for ramekins
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1/3 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • Confectioners' sugar, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter eight 6-ounce ramekins or a 2-quart baking dish. Set in a shallow baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks with 1/2 cup granulated sugar until pale and smooth. Whisk in butter, lemon zest and juice, milk, and flour mixture. (Refrigerate mixture, up to 3 hours.)

  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites with 1/4 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form, 5 minutes; fold into batter. With a ladle, divide batter among ramekins, keeping sides clean. Pour enough hot water into baking pan to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until cakes are puffed and slightly golden on top, 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.

Cook's Note

Take It Easy: Stir up a citrusy batter in advance, then fold in stiff egg whites and bake when it’s time for dessert.

Kitchen Tip: Baking the cakes in a water bath creates an even, gentle cooking environment, resulting in a moist, silky texture.

Reviews (3)

  • c_h_hess 15 Mar, 2015

    This was amazing. As each person (kids included) ate their first bite, they looked at me and grinned (in a good way!) A do- again!

  • ThisIsHeather 1 Apr, 2012

    A perfect light dessert. The BEST part, it is super easy.

  • Yorkie7 26 Jan, 2012

    Best lemony souffle-like cakes! Made this EDF meal for friends-and they raved about the dessert. Very easy to make. Made batter 3 hrs ahead (max) and whipped whites while guests talked. Huge hit!

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