Spiced Pudding Cake Recipe
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Spiced Pudding Cake Recipe

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I came across this recipe years ago and made a few changes. It’s very popular. My mom’s church group serves it for dessert quite regularly. —Kelly Kirby, Westville, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without whipped cream): 287 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with 1 cup water, beating well after each addition.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; sprinkle with brown sugar. In a microwave, heat butter and remaining water until butter is melted; carefully pour over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Spiced Pudding Cake in Taste of Home August/September 2010, p85

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"Love it, love it, love it!!! ..... Thank you very much Kelly Kirby ..... A keeper for sure!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"This cake has wonderful, old-fashioned gingerbread flavor! The water & brown sugar will combine and "magically" form a pudding base on the bottom of the cake. It's just the perfect amount of sweetness. I did decrease the last amount of butter, adding only 2 Tbsp. melted into the water. Never missed it."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

"We love pudding cakes and this one was a hit. Tastes like gingerbread with sauce all in one dish. What a great fall dessert."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"People should read the title, it says "pudding" right there... Suggestion was to serve "warm" which did "activate" the pudding more and made the bottom warm and yummy. Has a strong molasses after taste, but I found it easy to make and a huge hit at my office."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"The cake has very good taste but I am one that didn't know the bottom was supposed to be gooey. I was eating it but not enjoying it because I thought something was wrong with it but now I can enjoy it."

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