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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

My good friend, Becky, recently joined me for an afternoon in the kitchen. Becky brought a bag of beautiful Meyer lemons for us to bake with. I was thrilled she wanted to share her gorgeous lemons-I love lemon everything, especially desserts. We tossed around a few ideas, but finally decided to make a Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake. It was the perfect dessert to make with the Meyer lemons.

Meyer lemons are dark yellow, smooth-skinned, and sweeter than regular lemons. They have a pleasant fragrant floral aroma that will fill your kitchen as you make this divine cake. Meyer lemons are in season right now, so make sure you add them to your grocery list. You don’t want to miss out on these lovely lemons.

If you haven’t had a lemon pudding cake before, you are in for a real treat. The cake is light, refreshing, and not overly sweet. The top part of the cake is soft and fluffy, similar to a soufflé. When you break into the cake with a spoon, you will discover a creamy and smooth lemon layer at the bottom. The two textures combine to create a heavenly lemon dessert. We dusted the cakes with powdered sugar before serving. You can also add berries or whipped cream, but I liked the cake plain and simple.

Thanks again to Becky for sharing her Meyer lemons so we could create this fabulous Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake.  We had a fun day baking, catching up, and enjoying this luscious lemon dessert. And don’t worry, I shared with Josh…he came home and couldn’t stop begging for a bite:)

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50-60 minutes

Light, creamy, and refreshing lemon pudding cake made with Meyer lemons. Serve with a simple dusting of powdered sugar.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/3 cup Meyer lemon juice (or 1/4 cup regular lemon juice)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar, for dusting


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 1-quart soufflé dish. (You can use smaller dishes or ramekins, if you want individual servings).

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and lemon zest and beat until combined. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add half the lemon juice, half the flour and half the sour cream and beat until smooth; repeat with remaining lemon juice, flour and sour cream.

3. Beat the egg whites at medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to medium-high, add the salt, and beat to stiff peaks. Add one-quarter of the whites to the lemon mixture and gently fold in. Continue to fold in whites one-quarter at a time. Transfer it to the prepared soufflé dish or dishes. Place the dish or dishes in a larger pan and carefully pour boiling water around it to a depth of 1 inch.

4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until slightly golden brown and the center is just set. The cake should spring back when gently touched. Do not open the oven door while the cake is baking. Remove from the water bath immediately and cool on a rack for 10-15 minutes.

5. Lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

Notes-if you can't find Meyer lemons you can use regular lemons. Just use 1/4 cup of lemon juice. And if you use smaller dishes or ramekins decrease baking time to 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Just watch the cakes to be safe.

Recipe from Luscious Lemon Desserts and seen on

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160 Responses to “Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake”

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  1. Margarita — February 8, 2012 @ 3:07 am

    Meyer lemons… I dream of them. Can’t find them here in Washington State, at least not in Eastern Washington. This looks gorgeous… Delicious… Mouth watering. I want it.

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 8, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    I used to have a huge HUGE huge!! lemon tree in my backyard when I lived in a house that was built in 1923. The tree was bigger than the master bedroom and had about 300 lemons on it, year round. I’d love to make this dessert with that tree :)

  3. Kathryn — February 8, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    I absolutely love lemon desserts and this looks like exactly the right combination of sweet and creamy and tart. Love it!

  4. Blog is the New Black — February 8, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    Love this! I only recently discovered my love for lemon desserts!

  5. Rosa — February 8, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    I ama sucker for citrus fruits and puddings, so this lovely dessert is just too tempting for me!!!



  6. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 8, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    Oh, yum! This looks incredible….from the sweet and tart flavors to the hard and soft textures. Heaven in a bowl.
    I’ve actually never used meyer lemons before, but they look amazing! I just love times when you get to bake with friends, it always makes for an excellent day!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 8, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    I’m such a sucker for lemon anything!! Love this!

  8. Erica — February 8, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Baking with a friend? How fun. I love lemony desserts! I’d take it over chocolate any day!

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 8, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    how fun…i’d love to hang out with you and becky and eat meyer lemon cake :)

  10. JulieD — February 8, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Looks amazing!! I love Meyer lemons too!

  11. oh that would have been perfect when I was pregnant!

  12. Frau Haselmayer — February 8, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    OK, instantly wrote down sour cream on my shopping list. I’m so going to make this!

  13. Mara @ Elemental Custard — February 8, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Give me anything with lemon and I’m happy. This looks like I should probably make it asap. Just gotta get me some meyer lemons!

  14. Ben — February 8, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Looks lovely! I wish you and Becky would come visit me in my kitchen :)

  15. Shauna D — February 8, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I saw a very similar cake in pinterest I wated to try – you’ve inspired me to give it a go! It looks so yummy!

  16. Emilie — February 8, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    This looks so delicious! I bet it would be great with some blueberries on top :)

  17. Cookbook Queen — February 8, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Can you believe I’ve never had a Meyer lemon? And I call myself a food blogger!! Sigh.

    This cake looks perfect :)

  18. Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 8, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I love pudding cakes. Beautiful! And Meyer Lemons… my fave!

  19. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 8, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I’ve been on a Meyer Lemon kick lately…this looks fantastic, Maria!!

  20. Diana — February 8, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Would you change the cooking time for ramekins? Thank you! Love your blog :-)

    • Two Peas replied: — February 8th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Yes, only bake for 40-45 minutes if using ramekins. I added a note in the recipe-at the bottom. Great question! Thanks!

  21. HeatherChristo — February 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Maria! I just am totally obsessed with lemon and have seriously been looking for a meyer lemon pudding recipe for my mom. I think I will talk her into the pudding cake instead! Thank you!!!

  22. this looks delicious! can’t wait to try it.

  23. This looks amazing! I know my family and I will love it! I am going to give this recipe a try!!

  24. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — February 8, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I’m a sucker for the meyer lemon. I’ve been cooking up a storm with them lately! This looks awesome!

  25. Life of a Modern Housewife — February 8, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I love Meyer lemons! This looks delicious!!!

  26. Tickled Red — February 8, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I am in serious love with this cake. It just looks so soft and delicate, not to mention it’s lemon {swoon}.

  27. juliana — February 8, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    OMG! it looks amazing! i want a bite!

  28. Annalise — February 8, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I’ve been waiting for one of you to post the recipe since I saw your instagrams last week. This looks right up my alley. Love anything lemony!

  29. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 8, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    You and Jenna are going head to head today on the meyer lemon desserts! Can I be the taste tester of both to see who wins? 😉

  30. Erin — February 8, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    This looks amazing! I am looking forward to trying it myself.

  31. Jane — February 8, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I love love love lemons, especially Meyer lemons! This looks so good!

  32. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 8, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    What a wonderful way to use meyer lemons!

  33. Chez Us — February 8, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I love pudding cakes; my grandmother use to make them when I was younger. I loved the creamy, cake like texture. I make a Meyer Lemon Buttermilk and Blueberry one – love the combination of tart, creamy and citrus. Enjoy those lovely lemons!!

  34. Irma — February 8, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    I love anything made with Lemon! You always post the best recipes! Keep up the great work!

  35. CouponClippingCook — February 8, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    This is my kind of dessert. I love cake and love pudding. What a wonderful flavor using fresh lemons too.

  36. Heidi @ Food Doodles — February 8, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Oooh, so pretty! I’m a sucker for lemon desserts. I wish meyer lemons weren’t so expensive here, but either way I bet this is delicious 😀

  37. Elizabeth — February 8, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    lemon everything!!! yumm

  38. Genêt — February 8, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I love Meyer lemons. I’m going to get my sister to ship me a box of them from her tree just so I can try this recipe!

  39. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 8, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I love lemons, and this cake looks like absolute perfection.

  40. Deborah — February 8, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Seriously delicious!!

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