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A pudding cake is two desserts in one: a moist cake that floats in a rich pudding. For a truly decadent dessert, spoon our homemade Vanilla Sauce over the top.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 2002


Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

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9 servings


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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine milk, bourbon, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in dates and nuts.

  • Spoon batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle brown sugar over batter. Pour boiling water over batter (do not stir). Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched lightly in the center (cake will not test clean when a wooden pick is inserted in the center). Cut into squares. Serve each square with about 2 tablespoons warm Vanilla Sauce.

  • (Totals include Vanilla Sauce)

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; calories from fat 18%; fat 6.3g; saturated fat 1.3g; mono fat 1.4g; poly fat 3.1g; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 62g; fiber 1.7g; cholesterol 27mg; iron 1.4mg; sodium 181mg; calcium 151mg.