The magical marriage of pudding or custard and cake in one recipe results in a cake more moist and flavorful than any standard chocolate or vanilla cake, angel food cake, or even pound cake. These cakes don’t need piles of sugary icing because they already have dynamic flavor. Each bite is a combination of warm cake and rich filling; creating an irresistible texture. If you want a decadent dessert with a simple recipe, a custard or pudding cake is sure to satisfy.
Chocolate Tiramisu Poke Cake
The poke cake technique is incredibly easy, but that doesn't mean that poke cakes have a simple flavor. Enjoy the irresistible textures of pudding, cake, and crushed espresso beans in each bite of with this chocoatey take on Tiramisu.
Plum Upside-Down Pudding Cake
Juicy plum and vanilla flavors combine to create this delicious upside-down cake. Pudding adds texture to this cake, not icing, so the plum flavor can shine through the subtle sweetness and the natural color of the plums decorate the gorgeous top. Use red or black plus, according to preference.
Vanilla Buttermint Poke Cake with Buttercream Frosting
This sweet poke cake looks and tastes just like Christmastime. It's everything you love texture-wise about a poke cake, but it's also delightfully soft and minty with a gorgeous pure white color pallete. End your holiday dinners with a buttermint-- in cake form!
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Take your next chocolate cake to a whole new level with the addition of cinnamon, red pepper, and chipotle. Mexican chocolate is slightly spicy and goes perfectly with smooth chocolate pudding. This cake incorporates chocolate cake, pudding, and spice for a dynamic flavor and a sliced almond topping adds a crunch to the soft, warm cake. Serve with ice cream.
Banana Caramel Pudding Cake
This cake is similar to a very decadent banana bread with the addition of rich caramel flavor. The texture is wonderfully moist- not quite cake, and not quite pudding. It's already done cooking when the center springs back to the touch. Serve while still warm with vanilla ice cream.
Salted Caramel Gingerbread Poke Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
The flavors of gingerbread, salted caramel filling, and pumpkin cream cheese frosting marry to become the ultimate fall and holiday poke cake. This cake is a great snack cake or dessert and it's pretty enough to serve to guests. One taste and you're sure to bring this cake to potlucks all season long.
Eggnog Magic Cake
Finally, eggnog you can eat. One magic cake batter transforms into two layers when baked and chilled: a cake layer and a custard layer. This dessert looks difficult to make, but is actully simple with easy-to-find ingredients. Try it topped with boozy whipped cream, made by whipping heavy cream and bourbon until stiff peaks form.
Apple Cream Torte
A cream torte is like a cross between a cake, a custard, and a dutch baby. The tender-sweet varieties of apples used here soften more readily than some when baked, making them a better match for the delicate cake. Look for Northern California and Northwest varieties at your local grocery store or farmers' market from August through November. Five great Western apple varieties in the Cameo, Gravenstein, Ida Red, Pink Pearl, and Sierra Beauty.
Chocolate-Cherry Pudding CakeAs the cake bakes, it separates into two layers, a tender chocolate spongelike cake and a rich chocolate-cherry sauce.
Lemon Pudding CakeThe bright-flavored batter separates into a sponge cake layer atop a pudding bottom. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, plus cooling time.
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Raspberry Lemon Pudding Cakes
Sticky Toffee PuddingDarlene Watson first tasted these puddings on a trip to Australia. More cake than custard, they are surprisingly easy to make. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour.
Lemon Pudding CakePrepare this recipe in the summertime when you're craving a dessert that's not too heavy. Lemon rind and juice provide tartness, which is balanced by the sweetness of the fresh berries. This dessert is not quite a pudding and not quite a cake—it's something in between. A puddinglike layer forms under the tender cake topping as it bakes. It tastes best when served warm.
Brownie Pudding CakeDutch process cocoa and bittersweet chocolate give this dessert - part cake and part pudding - its rich and decadent character. Top with light vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Rhubarb Pudding CakeTender, lightly spiced vanilla cake covers a layer of juicy rhubarb. The batter may not cover all of the fruit, but it spreads as the pudding cake bakes.
Marshmallow-Topped Chocolate Pudding CakesThis perfectly portioned indulgence of Marshmallow-Topped Chocolate Pudding Cakes will make you feel like a kid again. Add a caramel drizzle and sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top for a s'mores-like treat.
Saucy Cranberry Maple Pudding CakeCrusty, tender cornmeal cake over juicy, tart cranberries in maple syrup is not quite pudding and not quite cake. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave.
Berry Pudding CakeThis tender cake bakes over sweet berries, creating a juicy, cobblerlike dessert. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Mocha Pudding Cake
Rum-Soaked Sponge Cake with Tropical FruitBoth the cake and fruit mixture chill overnight so the cake can absorb the rum and the sugar can soften and sweeten the fruit. A thin layer of custard tops the moist cake.