Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

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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.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes

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

Instructions

  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.
  6. 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.

Maria Lichty

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. 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.

    1. Lemon Ladies have a grove and will shop to you – straight from the tree. Worth a once or twice a year splurge. Sometimes they have “seconds” and they’re cheaper.

  2. 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. 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!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!!

  6. I have my grandmothers recipe for this lemon cake pudding. My mom used to make if often when I was a kid. This is one dessert my husband LOVES, anything lemon has his name on it.

  7. I would love to make these in little individual ramekins! I have some sour cream that needs to be used up so these might make it into my kitchen 🙂

  8. Looks delicious. I love lemon everything too. I have an amazing lemon ice cream recipe to share with you!

    2 1/2 C Sugar
    6 C fat free half and half
    1 TBSP grated lemon rind
    3/4 C Lemon Juice (about 6 lemons)
    1/8 tsp Salt

    Combine ingredients and pour into freezer container of ice cream maker.

  9. I found Meyer lemons at Trader Joes today. Plan on making for a birthday lunch on Friday. The main course is Josh’s BBQ Chicken pizza. I’ll be serving an Italian salad. Any suggestions for a beverage?

  10. Yum, this looks great! I’ve been wanting to make a pudding cake for a while now but one thing’s stopping me… I have no idea how well it would keep. It’s only me and my husband, so it would take us a few days to eat this. Would it keep for that long? Or is this really the kind of dessert that needs to be eaten the day it’s made?

  11. This looks lovely. I don’t have a souffle dish. Can I use a glass rubbermaid dish for this? Also does the oven temperature have to be lowered if I use glass?

  12. I’ve just pulled this out of my oven and am wondering how to serve? I’m thinking spoon? It doesn’t look like I could slice it. I’ve never made or had anything like this before.

  13. This has been in the oven for twenty minutes and I only JUST noticed the direction to use a water bath! Oops. I usually do cheesecakes and souffles without one, though, so I’m hoping this’ll still be okay. I’ll probably just keep a really close eye on it.

  14. Quick update – it was DIVINE. I’ll definitely make it again and again! (Although in the future, I will remember to use the water bath.. hehe) Thank you so much for another fantastic recipe.

  15. oh my gosh….this was AMAZING!!! i actually made individual ramikens and they turned out supurb! this is so my type of dessert…thank you thank you thank you!!

  16. This looks delicious and I’ve heard so many good things about Meyer lemons, but have been unsuccessful finding any at my local grocery stores. Any suggestions where to find them in the SLC area? Thanks!

  17. I just made these tonight! After you had posted this recipe, I went and bought a bag of meyer lemons that day.. and they were still sitting on my counter today (I get easily distracted hehe). But I thought today would be a great day to make them so I halved the recipe [only 2 people], and used 4 6-oz. ramekins. They were simple to make! The only thing was that after 55 minutes they still hadn’t started to turn golden on top so I just took them out anyways. They turned out really yummy. I have one question though – I’ve never had “pudding cake” before, so I don’t know what exactly the texture is supposed to be like.. but the bottom halves were the texture of pudding.. no cakiness to be found. Is that right?

  18. I’m going to make this tonight, but I have no access to lemons here in Okinawa this time of year…I do have blood oranges though. I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I made this today with the blood oranges and it was divine! I made it in a 1.5 qt souffle dish and it turned out perfect! The top was a little cakey, the bottom was moist and custardy, it was a smash hit! Thanks again for sharing!

  20. I just loved this recipe! OUTSTANDING I made it for a dinner party with the meyer lemons (which I just happen to find at Trader Joe’s) and my guest just loved it. I served it with a mascarpone whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Yummy! I will be trying it with orange next. It will be a favorite for me always. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us all.

  21. Just want to let you know that I made this last weekend and it got rave reviews!! My dad is a total foodie and said that this dessert was restaurant-quality! I’m going to keep it around for sure. Thank you!!

  22. This was so good. Normally I avoid posting, but this was such a huge family favorite I had to. Thank you!! And my boys ate already planning the next time I will be cooking this for them.

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  24. I have a 1 qt. casserole dish and I wonder if the sides will be tall enough? (It is square and probably 3 inches tall.) I also have a round 1.2 L baking dish (pyrex), but it doesn’t seem wide enough. What would you recommend? Should I adjust the baking times? Thank you so much!

  25. Saw your recipe discussed over on Wives with Knives and just had to come over and find you, follow your blog, and read more! Great job!

  26. We recently picked hundreds of Meyer lemons off a small tree and I have been surfing the web trying to find good recipes to make using these wonderful sweet tart gems. I came across this Meyer lemon pudding cake recipe and decided to make it. I was leery because I really wanted top notch recipes to make and I was afraid I would be disappointed. I wasn’t disappointed with this! It is delicious. I am zesting and putting the lemon zest wrapped in wax paper/suran wrap/freezer bags and then putting in the freezer. I am juicing the Meyers and putting the juice in ice cube trays and then transferring them to freezer bags for future use so I can continue to make recipes like this one year round. This pudding cake is even better the next day! I keep it refrigerated. I serve it with a dollop of whipped cream! So good and creamy! Excellent recipe!

  27. i’ve been wanting to make this for a while and YUMMMMM. made myself a 1/4 recipe, perfect for one medium size ramekin. probably used slightly more lemon juice/flour because using 1/4 of a 1/3 cup is hard (!), but it turned out so delish. my cake set before it turned golden on top, but i took it out anyway and i’m glad i did – perfect consistency!
    thanks a mill for this recipe – will definitely be making this again and again! would be lovely for company…….

  28. This is AMAZING! I have made this twice since encountering the recipe in Pinterest a couple weeks ago. We grow our own Meyer lemons, and I can honestly say this is the best use yet for them, and one of the best desserts I’ve ever made. Thanks!!!

  29. have you ever doubled the recipe?I’ve got 4 adults and 4 kids to feed and they LOVE dessert so I’m afraid of running out… If you HAVE doubled it, any suggestions for altering the timing or ingredients? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t doubled it, but I am sure it would be fine. I would double the ingredients and just watch the time. Maybe add 10 minutes and check it and keep checking it to be safe.

  30. My grocery store was out of lemons of all varieties today so I’m thinking of experimenting with limes. Have you ever switched the citrus in this recipe? I’ve made it with regular lemons several times and it’s delicious!

  31. I made your cake today and I am so pleased with the results. It was a delicious way to use a bag of lemons: )
    It came out looking just like the pictures and was a big hit. I will be making this both summer and winter, when I need to remind myself of summer.

  32. OMG I made this tonight and it is amazing! I also topped it with some fresh blackberries just because I had some handy and the contrast of flavor and color was fantastic.

  33. Do you think you could substitute yogurt for the sour cream? Or do you have another suggestion instead of sour cream?
    I was also just thinking what this would be like with meringue on top… A new variation to lemon meringue pie, without the task of making a crust. I think I’ll try it, maybe adding the meringue on after the cake has already baked through.

  34. I have this recipe at home and make it on special occasions! It is a gorgeous pudding and very delicious with a rich and creamy vanilla ice-cream! 🙂

  35. I am hoping to make this tomorrow to take to friend’s house. However, I have been unable to find a 1qt baking dish anywhere in the town I live and all mine are 2qt or bigger. Can this recipe be doubled? If so, how does that impact cooking time if at all? Thanks . . . looks delicious.

  36. This is the most perfect dessert! I never used Meyer lemons before and I am hooked. This dessert is so light and lem-ony, and the lemon flavor lingers on your tastebuds after eating for a very long time. Absolutely delicious!

  37. Thank you! I have hundreds of Meyer lemons that I just picked from my tree! I was giving them away and making strawberry lemonade, but I need to make this NOW!!!!

  38. OH DELICIA!!!!!!!!
    AMEI DE PAIXÃO VAI SER UM SUCESSO NA MINHA CASA ,OBRIGADA POR ESSA RECEITA MARAVILHOSA.
    LIMÃO E TUDO DE BOM,PARABÉNS !!!!
    INCRIVEL RECEITA ESSA.
    LOURDES ARAUJO

  39. I made this tonight for my husband, who loves anything lemon. I didn’t have Meyer lemons, just normal ones, and it was still a big hit. If you’re thinking of making this DO. IT. Such a great summer dessert!

  40. Could this be made in the morning and transported a half hour to a potluck Christmas dinner? Or will it deflate? I’d love to showcase my new crop of Meyer lemons on Christmas Day!

  41. I learned to make pudding cakes out of my first cookbook(Betty Crocker) I got as my 13th birthday present.

    There
    were variations for an orange, lime and chocolate pudding cakes. These recipes are usually on line at the
    General

    Mills website. These lemons also make great lemon bars.
    I have had meyer lemon trees and the lemons
    all are ready to harvest in a 6 week time span.

  42. Hi Maria – can you please give me an idea of the size of your souffle dish? I don’t have one and I don’t have ramekins. Therefore, I need a size so I can adapt to a different pan/dish to bake this in. I can’t wait to try it!! We are great lemon anything fans :). Thanks so much!!

  43. I want to make this in the morning so that after work I can take it to our friends house for dessert. It won’t be warm. Will it still be good?

  44. This was very delicious. I made it for a dinner party and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I served it with coconut gelato….it looked very fancy. Thank you for sharing! This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  45. Lemon Pudding cake has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid.  My mom got the recipe from a local tv show.  She always made in a 2 quart shallow casserole.  However if you make it in a deep dish (I use my 3 quart souffle dish) and you have a souffle.  The cake textures are different but it tastes the same.  

    My husband and daughter and her friends love this dessert.  They nicknamed it the “Lemon Thing”  Now I want to try it with Meyer Lemons.  

  46. Hi Maria! I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while, and I finally made it yesterday. It was lovely. My almost-4-year-old thought it was cheesecake, which she adores, so it was a big hit.

    I have to say, however, that after preparing the batter, it appeared that there was NO WAY the volume of batter would fit into a 1 quart baking dish. Luckily, I trusted my instincts and scrapped my pre-buttered, 1 quart casserole. The recipe fit perfectly into my 1.5 quart Corelle casserole. Sorry if this problem has already been mentioned; I scanned some of the comments, but there were too many to look through. Thank you.

  47. Can this recipe be doubled to accommodate a 9 x 13 pan? I was recently blessed with a large bag of Meyer lemons and this recipe looks fabulous. But need a little bigger one for a church potluck.

  48. Looks delicious and much needed this winter. (I write this as I look at almost 2′ of snow in Anchorage!) Can I use gluten-free flour? TIA


  49. OMG this is the best cake/pudding/lemon meringue/……….I dont know really what it is!!! But YOU gotta try this one….WOW so yummy!!!!


  50. I saw this recipe tonight and HAD to make it immediately. It’s 11:30 pm and I have got to say that it is one of the most insanely delicious desserts I have ever made – and I bake ALL the time. There are rave reviews in my home tonight and an empty dish. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll be making it a lot in the future!


  51. This dessert is soo good!  For a long time, my husband wouldn’t eat it, but sadly I convinced him it is good.  I divide up the batter in ramekins and he ate the last one .  Will need to make it again!!


  52. This was delicious! I used a gluten free flour,  divided the sugar between coconut sugar and xylitol…. So yummy! Thanks for a great lemony recipe! 


  53. Delicious!   I made this cake tonight and it turned out perfect!  Followed the recipe, substituting Greek yogurt for  the sour cream.  Will definitely make it again.  

  54. everyone loved it. But it takes longer 15 minutes to assemble. Don’t over bake it. It hold well for the next day but warm the bottom on the dish/ramekin to loosen butter and make it easier to serve.


  55. Do you think limes would work? I’ve made this with Meyer lens and it was delicious but my coop had bags of limes on sale;)
    Thanks!

    1. If you are going to make it in the morning, you can put it in the fridge and pull it out around dinner time so it can come to room temperature, but it is good cold too:)

  56. What a lovely spring delight! I made this dairy and gluten free using gf flour mix and goat yogurt. It was fantastic! I served it with coconut and regular whipped cream with sliced strawberries. I doubled the recipe and filled wide-mouth 8 oz. Ball jars about 2/3 full. Made 12 individual servings. Thank you for sharing your recipe!


  57. Wonderful recipe!! I didn’t have enough sour cream (had about 3/4 cup) so substituted with a little homemade yogurt with just a pinch of baking soda. Worked just wonderfully, though the batter may have been a little too runny because of the yogurt as compared to the sour cream. But otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and it was wonderful.

  58. This looks wonderful!  Is it okay to you an 8 x 8 glass pan?  And what would the cooking time be?  I think it will be easier to serve my book club if it is not in an oval dish.


  59. I have made this recipe probably 8 times in the last few months since we are in California with a Meyer lemon tree right outside.
    I have reduced the sugar to 2/3 or sometimes 3/4 of a cup. On two occasions I used gluten free flour for guests with that requirement. I also bake it about 45 minutes.
    LOVE IT


  60. Outstanding recipe! This is a keeper. I didn’t change a thing. This is the perfect way to highlight beautiful Meyer lemons.

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