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:)

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Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Light, creamy, and refreshing lemon pudding cake made with Meyer lemons. Serve with a simple dusting of powdered sugar.
4.63 from 24 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 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 ¼ cup regular lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions
 

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lightly dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
  • Notes-if you can’t find Meyer lemons you can use regular lemons. Just use ¼ 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Made it twice years ago. Loved it so much. So velvety …served it with homemade strawberry ice cream. Lost your recipe, but thankfully found it again. I could have settled for a similar recipe but I wanted to make sure that I used yours.

  2. Just made this and waiting for it to cool! It looks incredible. But I’m wondering, what’s the best way to keep it and how long will it last? (As much as I’d love to devour it all tonight with my husband, I’m sure we should save some for later!)

    1. 5 stars
      Keep it?! It’ll be gone in the first sitting!
      (Otherwise, I covered a tiny portion in plastic wrap and it was just as good cold the next day.)

  3. 5 stars
    This is absolutely amazing!! I was able to make 6 individual servings in ramekins. It took 45 minutes for them to bake. I finished it off with a berry compote. This is a new favorite! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely amazing!! I was able to make 6 individual servings in ramekins. It took 45 minutes for them to bake. I finished it off with a berry compote. This is a new favorite! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Wish I could post a picture! It came out great and was the desert for our St Patrick’s Day dinner. I got rave reviews from everyone there. It was amazingly easy to make and so delicious to eat!

  6. 3 stars
    Mine came out more as a soufflé with no sauce beneath. What did I do wrong. It was delicious but still a disappointment.

  7. Looks lovely, have made it before & we can’t wait for it to cool a bit.
    Everything I make from Maria comes out great,no need to go elsewhere!

  8. 5 stars
    Amazing! I used one more egg yolk ( due to a double yolk egg) and substituted sour cream for plan Greek yogurt. This was gone quickly! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  9. Can you make this with a whole meyer lemon crushed in a food processor with seeds removed instead of just the zest and juice? I made a meyer lemon cake this way and it was good!

  10. 2 stars
    I thought this dessert had a strange texture & too salty. I do feel that I erred on the egg whites though. Make sure mixer is clean when you do the egg whites. Mine never got really stiff like they were supposed to. I find lemon cake recipes temperamental, if you will. If you want a lemony dessert but more fail safe, I would recommend rather lemon bars, creams & pies.

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious! My family and I really enjoyed this. We will be making it again soon. They loved it straight from the oven and after it had spent the night in the refrigerator. Would be a lovely dessert when hosting dinner.

  12. Making this right now! Great way to use the Meyer lemons I got off the clearance fruit/veggie rack yesterday! Looking forward to it as a Superbowl treat 🙂

  13. 2 stars
    The bottom part of the pudding cake came out uncooked after baking for 60 minutes. The water bath was a bad idea. The top part (without the water bath part) was cooked and tasted fine like a regular cake. But after you took out the top layer, the rest of the cake looks like a soft batter and uncooked. I cooked for another 40 minutes, but the texture still soft. I tried many soufflé and pudding cake recipes before. This one is neither soufflé nor pudding cake texture. Very disappointed!!!

  14. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe, thank you so much! I’ve already shared it with several lemon-loving friends, including an Arizonian with her own lemon tree, and a Greek whose father and uncle owned a restaurant decades ago (he puts fresh lemon on everything). I’d suggest adding a sentence describing the expected consistency of the batter before folding in the egg whites.

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