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This Sour Cream Pudding Cake bakes up light and spongy on top with a rich, sweet, syrupy, caramel, raisin and walnut sauce on the bottom. It’s heavenly!
Long before we started writing A Family Feast – and long before so much information was easy to find online – I used to clip recipes from newspaper or magazines. I’d save them in a binder with a plan to try making them some time in the future.
Back then, one of my favorite places to look for recipe inspiration was the Boston Globe Magazine. Every Sunday, it would feature a collection of recipes by food columnists Sheryl Julian and Julie Riven. Let me tell you – these ladies were rock stars in the kitchen! Over the years, every recipe I clipped and later tried has been a delicious winner!
This Sour Cream Pudding Cake recipe is from one of those articles I clipped (almost 20!) years ago. The feature was all about pudding cakes – easy, almost soufflé-like desserts that form a sauce on the bottom as it bakes (just like this very popular recipe).
This Sour Cream Pudding Cakes starts with a thick sour cream batter mixed with raisins and walnuts. Then a water and brown sugar mixture is poured over the top. As it bakes – in true pudding cake style – the cake part rises to the top while the liquid settles to the bottom and creates a sweet sauce.
Like other pudding cakes, this Sour Cream Pudding Cake is best served warm. It may not look like much – but it tastes absolutely divine! This cake is very sweet and very rich – so a little goes a long way.
The original recipe suggests serving this Sour Cream Pudding Cake with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar on top. I personally think it is sweet enough right out of the baking dish – but it’s your choice!
Adapted from the Boston Globe Magazine which credits the recipe to the Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup raisins
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups boiling hot water
- Confectioners sugar, to dust each portion (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Have an 8” round, 4” deep casserole or soufflé dish standing by, ungreased.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, sour cream and oil.
- Stir to mix then add raisins and nuts.
- Pour into the casserole dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and boiling water.
- Pour this over the batter in the casserole dish and bake in the center of your oven for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let pudding cool for 15 minutes then spoon into dishes, spooning the liquid over each portion and finally dust with confectioners sugar if desired.
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To reheat this pudding cake, set the cooked and cooled cake in a roasting pan or large, deep skillet. There should be 1-inch of space all around the pan. Carefully pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the dish of the pudding cake. Allow the cake to sit for 10 minutes in the hot water. Serve immediately.
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