meyer lemon pudding cake for Ralph’s Birthday

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

It’s Ralph’s birthday and what better way to spend it than snow blowing our half kilometer driveway at the farm. I’ve been making this cake/pudding for him and realize he’s been out for three hours – I forgot to mention we are in the middle of a blizzard – and I can’t see him anywhere. Do I finish baking his birthday cake or do I haul on my winter storm paraphernalia complete with snow shoes and go make sure that he hasn’t driven into a ditch. For those of you who do not live in the Great White North, snow shoes are big meshy things that we strap to our boots to keep us from sinking up to our behinds in snow. Ahhh, just as I was pulling on my snow pants, I could finally see him crawling back up the driveway on the tractor. Perfect timing!

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Usually for his birthday I do some kind of layered concoction of cake and frosting. That’s because I’m usually feeding a crowd. Since it’s just the two of us, I decided to try this new recipe I’ve been working on.

Years ago, Mom and I had dinner in Portland, Maine at a popular restaurant on the waterfront. I remember enjoying our meals but the dessert blew us away. Mom and I both love lemon anything. It was a warm lemon pudding with whipped cream. It was more of a cake than a pudding. Soft pillowy cake on a cheek sucking warm lemony sauce. I just drooled on my key board! Suffice to say, I’ve been rolling a recipe around in my head since then. After a couple of not so great attempts, I’ve finally nailed it.

And so to celebrate Ralph’s fifty-second birthday, I give you…

 Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

3 Meyer lemons, zested and juiced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven 350°F.

Butter a six – cup baking dish

Using a stand mixer, beat egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, and continue to beat until whites are stiff and glossy.

Transfer whites to another bowl. Using stand mixer bowl – no need to wash – beat egg yolks with remaining sugar until pale yellow and thick – about 2 minutes

Add flour, salt, melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and buttermilk – beat well

Whisk about one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it, then gently fold in remaining whites – take your time and also batter will be thin.

Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake in a hot water bath until puffed and golden about 50 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

THE LOVE: Have your eggs at room temperature to ensure maximum volume when beating them.

Thanks for reading.

  • Happy birthday, Ralph!

  • Brenda Stanleyy

    Now I know what I’m going to do with my leftover buttermilk. Happy Birthday to Ralph

  • Anonymous

    Stu wants to know where you get the meyer lemons( he is to shy to ask)
    And Happy Birthday to Ralph!

    • I bought them at Costco…they’ll only be around for a little while so get them quick!

      xo

  • Sarah

    What is the difference between lemons and Meyer lemons? Pinned this for later.

    • Hi Sarah, Meyer lemons have a much thinner skin and pith and have a more subtle flavour.

  • Carol

    Happy Birthday, Ralph. Enjoy that yummy dessert !

    • Thank you Carol – hope to see you soon!

      Happy New Year
      xo

  • Anonymous

    Hope your having a ”Great time” Love Paul & Rena,Cake sounds great !!! Happy Birthday Ralph!!

    • It’s like a winter wonderland…

      Love you two!

      Happy 2013

  • Heidi Eaton

    Happy Birthday Ralph!

    • Thanks Heidi – all the best to you and yours for 2013!

  • Gina

    Michelle, the one you suggested has too many things I’d have to go out and buy just for that cake (Spiced Rum being one), so I liked the sound of this one. Do you think I can do it?

    • I’m guessing I missed my opportunity to reply – sorry!