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20 Best Pudding Cakes You Don’t Want to Miss

Pudding cakes, magic cakes, poke cakes – whatever you call them, they’re insanely delicious.

One piece is never enough, so be sure to make extra!

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Chocolate Pudding Cake Topped with Cherry and Almonds

For some people, pudding cakes are regular cake recipes with instant pudding in the mix.

For others, they’re poke cakes with silky-smooth pudding spread over the top of a sponge.

Finally, pudding cakes are also warm, dense sponges with sauces often baked right along with the cake.

I prefer the last kind, but I’ve got all types of pudding cake recipes here for you to try.

Let me know which one is your favorite!

20 Easy Easy Pudding Cake Recipes to Try Tonight

1. Lemon Pudding Cake

Lemon pudding is an incredible treat for any occasion. This cake is bright, ooey-gooey, and doesn’t require any frosting. 

The delicious sponge has a light and zesty flavor with a fluffy top and beautiful custardy middle. 

If you’ve never tried an old-fashioned pudding cake before, this is a great recipe to start with. 

2. Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

This chocolate pudding cake is probably the most decadent cake you’ll ever have. 

It’s ridiculously moist and fudgy with an indulgent finish that’ll leave you wanting more.

Vanilla ice cream makes it even better. Pop a scoop on top while it’s still hot, and it’ll slowly melt. Yum!

So, why not swap out your usual chocolate cake recipe for this pudding cake? You will not be disappointed. 

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3. Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

This self-saucing hot fudge pudding cake tastes just as incredible as it looks. And I think we can all agree it looks sensational.

While this cake bakes, the top layer becomes moist and fluffy and the bottom layer turns into hot fudge!

It’s like baking magic, guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate cravings you might have.

4. Self Saucing Butterscotch Pudding

Self-saucing cakes are just what they sound like: cakes with a sauce that’s created as it bakes.

In this case, you have a wonderfully sweet sponge with a luxurious butterscotch sauce.

How’s it done?

Well, you make a tasty cake batter over which you’ll pour sugar, cornstarch, and hot water.

Sounds odd, I know. But as this bakes, that mix will seep through the cake and create a heavenly sauce under the sponge.

Try it once, and you’ll never go back.

5. Vanilla Pudding Cake

Classic vanilla pudding cake is a must-make. The flavors are simple, but this cake is anything but boring. 

Bubbly and fudgy pudding on the bottom with a soft and fluffy cake on top, it’s beyond divine.

Top it with some fresh fruit, and enjoy!

6. Miracle Caramel Pudding Cake

Like most pudding cakes, this miracle caramel pudding cake gets its name from the magic that happens in the oven. 

The dreamy caramel pudding sinks to the bottom as the fluffy cake bakes, leaving you with a luscious and irresistible dessert.

Serve it as is, or sprinkle some mini chocolate chips over the top. They’ll melt into the warm cake if you add them right out of the oven.

Or better yet, pair this with some sweet caramelized bananas!

7. Strawberry Pudding Cake

Try this stunning strawberry pudding cake if you need a quick dessert for a summer dinner party. 

Super moist, super flavorful, and super satisfying, every bite of this fun fruity cake will put a smile on your face. 

Topped with a layer of sweet strawberries and heavenly whipped cream, this cake is one you’ll make again and again. 

8. Pistachio Pudding Cake

Pistachio pudding cake is a delightfully light and moist cake fit for any party or brunch.

Although this flavor isn’t commonly used in cakes, it definitely shouldn’t be forgotten.

The sweet, nutty flavors of this dessert are scrumptious. 

And who doesn’t love that color?

The frosting is optional. So feel free to go with a chocolate or raspberry glaze if you prefer.

9. Blueberry Pudding Cake

Blueberry lovers, meet your new obsession: this cake is gooey, fruity, and incredibly yummy. 

Juicy berries and fluffy cake combine into one helluva sweet dessert that’ll knock your socks off.

It’s kind of like cobbler – but SO much better. 

Not a fan of blueberries? Swap them for raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or any other berry you prefer, including a mix of them all!

10. Andes Mint Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake

If you enjoy an after-dinner mint, you’ll go nuts for this Andes mint chocolate pudding cake.

It starts with a chocolate cake layer that’s loaded with flavor. Over that, you’ll add chocolate pudding and then a minty faux-cheesecake topping. 

The green coloring is optional – it’ll taste just as yummy without it!

11. Oreo Pudding Cake

America’s favorite cookie becomes your new favorite cake with this fun Oreo dessert recipe

Featuring layers of pudding, Oreos, cream cheese, and whipped cream, it’s the kind of dessert everyone will want the recipe for.

It’s also ideal for parties because you can change the Oreos and make it different every time.

For example, orange Oreos for Halloween or red Oreos for Valentine’s Day.

12. Steamed Carrot Pudding Cake

Have you ever used a pressure cooker to make a cake? You’re about to!

This steamed carrot pudding cake is a traditional British recipe that’ll leave you with the moistest cake ever!

Filled with warm spices and beautiful flavors, it’s also served in a buttery spiced rum sauce. 

Wow is an understatement!

13. Red Velvet Pudding Cake

I couldn’t make a list of cakes without including a red velvet option. 

This one consists of a red velvet cake with a magical chocolate pudding layer that’ll drive you wild.

If you like red velvet, you’ll be hooked on this cake. 

14. Vegan Black Forest Chocolate Pudding Cake

Black forest cake is a rich and fudgy chocolate cake with a fruity cherry compote and plenty of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Since this is a pudding cake, you’ll also have a dreamy layer of pudding on the bottom of the pan. 

Serve this spectacular dessert with cool vanilla ice cream, and you’re set to crush that chocolate craving. 

15. Cherry Pudding Cake

Did you know you can make a simple pudding cake with a can of cherry pie filling? 

It’s such a fun shortcut that, when combined with a few pantry staples, leaves you with a terrific dessert in no time.

The bright and fruity cherries perfectly match the buttery and light cake topping.

Dig into this with a spoon and share it if you must – either way, it can get messy.

16. Sticky Toffee Pudding

Possibly the best on the list, sticky toffee pudding is rich, deeply flavorful, and best served with a generous helping of toffee sauce.

It gets much of its flavor from the brown sugar and soaked dates, which give it a delicious caramel note in every bite.

As soon as this comes out of the oven, pour the toffee sauce over the top, so it seeps into the sponge.

Trust me, this one is unmatched in terms of flavor!

17. Self-Saucing Banana Pudding Cake

If you’re a fan of banoffee pie, this one’s for you!

It’s vegan, gluten-free, and fully loaded with sweet bananas and luscious caramel.

Best served hot with vegan vanilla ice cream, this pudding is a banana dream come true.

18. Pineapple Poke Cake

As mentioned, poke cakes usually consist of a tasty cake layer covered in pudding.

You’ll need to poke holes all over the top (hence the name), so the silky pudding can find its way into every crevice.

Sound incredible, huh?

Pineapples on the bottom give this one even more flavor and keep it extra moist.

I promise this is a guaranteed hit for any party.

19. Strawberry Banana Poke Cake

Strawberries and bananas are a beloved and delicious flavor combination. And this cake is all the proof you need.

Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s so easy to make.

Kids and adults will love this dessert, and I’m sorry to say, you probably won’t have leftovers. 

20. Pecan Pie Pudding Cake

Soft, warm, gooey cake with buttery pecans and dreamy caramel? I’ll take two!

This is a terrific pecan pie alternative that’s ideal for feeding a crowd over the holidays.

There’s no finicky pastry to worry about, and you don’t even need to make whipped cream for the top.

Thanks to the caramel sauce that cooks as it bakes, it’s an all-in-one dessert everyone will love.

20 Best Pudding Cakes You Don’t Want to Miss

Pudding cakes, magic cakes, poke cakes – whatever you call them, they’re insanely delicious. One piece is never enough, so be sure to make extra!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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