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Spiced Pudding Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Transfer to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan; sprinkle with brown sugar. In a microwave, heat butter and remaining water until butter is melted; carefully pour over batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.
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  • suefalk
    Dec 3, 2017

    Exceptional! So moist, with a great balance of spices.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 2, 2017

    This cake is really moist and flavorful!! We loved it!! This is Autumn flavors at it's best!!

  • 1914skin
    Mar 10, 2016

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

  • brendainnj
    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.

  • koda10
    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.

  • MrToad
    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.

  • Carol1353
    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.

  • shelia55
    Sep 25, 2014


  • denisepete
    Sep 23, 2012

    Favorite dessert in my recipe box. Easy to make and even easier to eat too much of. If you like old fashion molasses cookies you need to try this recipe.

  • JGourmet26
    May 2, 2012

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