Lemon Pudding Cake Recipe

lemon pudding cake in small glass serving dish

Are you a solo chef craving a delightful dessert that won’t leave you with a mountain of leftovers? Look no further than our Lemon Pudding Cake recipe from the “Cooking for One Not an Army” cookbook. This recipe is designed for small appetites.  However, making several is easy too.  Lemon Pudding Cake is decadent, and it will please any size crowd!  Treat yourself to a tantalizing blend of lemony goodness that’s sure to brighten up any occasion.

Gather some basic ingredients to whip up your own personal-sized Lemon Pudding Cake.  Doubling or tripling this recipe is easy too.  Just remember to increase your pan size as well!

lemon pudding cake in small glass serving dish

Lemon Pudding Cake

Moist and tart custard with a gooey bottom and a fluffy top.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 people


  • 1 large egg
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 medium lemon zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Separate the egg white in a medium bowl and the yolk in a small bowl. Refrigerate the egg white.
  • Whisk together the flour and sugar until evenly combined in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Whisk the egg yolk and butter until smooth. Add lemon zest to the egg yolk and whisk until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cream. Add the zest and half the lemon juice to the custard.
  • Stir in the flour and sugar until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the egg white and whisk until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the beaten egg white into the lemon mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into a 4x6” baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the cake in a larger casserole dish and pour hot water around it until it reaches half way up the side of the baking dish.
  • Bake until the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.


This recipe is in our cookbook, “Cooking for One – Not an Army,” along with other favorite recipes. It’s made for one, but you can easily double this recipe for company or leftovers! If you didn’t get a copy yet, our book is on Amazon right here!
Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 227.35kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.5g | Protein: 5.75g | Fat: 8.05g | Sodium: 280.95mg | Fiber: 1.4g
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Keyword cake, cooking for one, dessert
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Tips & Tricks for Lemon Pudding Cake

Maximize your solo baking experience with these handy tips:

  • Use a small mixing bowl and whisk for easy preparation and cleanup.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less sugar.
  • Make sure the butter is softened but not melted for the best texture.
  • Don’t skip the lemon zest!  It adds a burst of flavor that elevates the entire dessert.  Our favorite zester is found here.
  • Bake the cake in a ramekin or small baking dish for a perfectly portioned treat.  This ramekin is awesome.

Substitutions & Variations

Customize your Lemon Pudding Cake to suit your taste preferences:

  • Swap lime juice and zest for a tangy twist.
  • Experiment with different extracts such as vanilla or almond for added flavor depth.
  • Try using coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy-free alternative.
  • Add a handful of blueberries or raspberries for a burst of color and flavor.

What to Serve With Lemon Pudding Cake

Enhance your Lemon Pudding Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. For a healthier option, top it with Greek yogurt and fresh berries. The contrast of creamy and tangy flavors elevates your dessert experience.

Leftovers & Storage

If you somehow manage to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Simply reheat in the microwave for a few seconds to enjoy a warm and comforting treat whenever the craving strikes.

Other Recipes

Explore more single-serving delights from our “Cooking for One Not an Army” cookbook, such as Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes, Microwave Mug Brownies, or Personal-sized Fruit Crisps. Craving chocolate?  This Easy Chocolate Lava Cake recipe hits the spot.  If bananas are more your thing, our Banana Cream Pie Recipe is outstanding.  Not matter what, do NOT forget dessert!

If you’re craving even more lemon recipes, we love this recipe for Lemon Bars.  Top off your lemon craving with some fresh lemonade from All Recipes.  Pucker up!

Enjoy your personal-sized Lemon Pudding Cake and savor every delightful bite!

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