Brown Sugar Pudding Cake Recipe

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This is a wonderful old recipe that's been handed down through our family from my grandmother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 323 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 353 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  2. For pudding, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nuts; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with milk. Spoon into baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Brown Sugar Pudding Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p71

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"what the fk... pudding recipe? this is more like bread with watery sauce or the instructions are crap or im incompetent"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"I read the reviews before making this cake so I cut the the boiling water to 1 cup for the sauce and it turned out very well. It was a hit with my family."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"Don't know how the rating changed to five stars! Should be one."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"I don't know what I did wrong, but the sauce was the consistency of water -- suggestions anyone?"

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