Lemon Pudding Cakes With Sugared Raspberries
Pudding cakes are magical sweets, baking up into two distinct layers from a single, straightforward batter. On top is an airy sponge cake that puffs in the oven’s heat. Right beneath it is the pudding, a creamy lemon curd that’s tangy and bracing thanks to a dash of buttermilk. Although these cakes are at their most tender when served within an hour of baking, they’ll still be delicious at room temperature. Or chill them overnight and serve them straight from the fridge. The cake won’t be as fluffy, but the lemon flavor will still shine bright. Feel free to use whatever ripe, juicy fruit you like here in place of the raspberries, or skip the fruit entirely.
- Serves: 6 persons
- ¼cup/57 grams unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled, plus more for greasing the ramekins
- 3large eggs, separated
- 1cup/200 grams granulated sugar, plus more as needed
- ¾cup/180 milliliters buttermilk (or use plain yogurt thinned with milk)
- 1tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 to 2 lemons)
- ½cup/120 milliliters lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
- ¼teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
- ⅓cup/43 grams all-purpose flour
- 6ounces/170 grams raspberries
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 6 (8-ounce) ramekins. Place them in any large baking pan where they can sit without touching one another, such as a 9-by-13-inch pan.
Step 2In a large bowl, whisk together butter, egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice, and salt until smooth. Whisk in the flour until well combined.
Step 3Using an electric mixer (either handheld or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat egg whites on medium speed until they are thick, white and very foamy, 2 to 4 minutes. Increase speed to high and gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until stiff and glossy peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Step 4Using a rubber spatula, gently fold about a third of the egg whites into the lemon mixture, taking care not to deflate the whites. When no white streaks remain, fold in remaining whites, working carefully. Stop folding when most of the second batch of whites are mixed in, but a few white streaks remain.
Step 5Spoon the batter into the ramekins. Transfer the pan of ramekins to the oven. Carefully, so you don’t splash the cakes, pour enough very hot tap water into the pan to come about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. The higher the water level, the more pudding and less cake you’ll have.
Step 6Bake until the puddings are puffed and lightly browned on top, 35 to 40 minutes. Take care not to overbake, or there won’t be any pudding at the bottom of the ramekins. Carefully transfer the ramekins from the pan to a rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. (The combination of tongs or a spatula, plus oven mitts, works well for moving the cakes.)
Step 7As the cakes bake, mix the raspberries and a few pinches of sugar in a bowl, mashing the raspberries slightly to release their juices. Let the raspberries macerate until the sugar melts, about 15 minutes. Then, taste and stir in more sugar if the berries are very tart.
Step 8Serve the cakes warm or at room temperature, with the sugared berries and some of their syrup.