Ozark Pudding Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jan. 26, 2023
The homey dessert uses kitchen staples to create a comforting, but simple treat, with a meringue cookie-like topping and a apple-nut bottom. There are different versions of the recipe, but one of the most famous is this one from Bess Truman, the wife of President Harry Truman. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.
  2. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat egg and sugar until thick and lemon-colored. Stir in vanilla, then flour mixture. Fold in apple and walnuts.
  3. Transfer to prepared pie plate. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. (Cake will puff up, then fall when removed from oven.) With a knife, loosen sides from pie plate while still warm.
  4. Serve warm. If desired, top with whipped cream.