maple pudding Easter cake – no muss, no fuss

Pouding Chômeur or Poor Man’s Pudding is the dessert that I shared with you, two years ago, for Easter. As much as I loved that recipe, it was a nightmare to clean up, if you had any maple run-over! Several of you shared some very funny stories of kitchen disasters, due to my recipe. Luckily, because the pudding was so tasty, I was forgiven.

My mom loved that recipe or rather loved the end product. She hated the recipe. Too many bowls and pots and then, there was the possibility of something landing on her pristine oven floor. You have to see my mom’s oven to believe it – thirty years old and spot-free.

She called me a couple of weeks ago…

“Remember that maple pudding thing you served for Easter a couple of years ago?”

“Yes”, immediately curious as to why she’d be thinking about a dessert that was never going to see her oven.

“I re-worked it.”


“No muss, no fuss – zip, zip, zip – in the pan, in the oven”

“What did it taste like?”

“You decide.”

My mother can be infuriating. She likes to leave herself in a neutral position, so that she can announce victory with whatever way things go.

“Give me the recipe”.

I already did except with a few minor tweaks”.

Mom is so clever. She took the first cake recipe that she ever taught me to bake but changed the pudding part to a creamy maple sauce. She wasn’t joking. The pudding is in the oven in less than five minutes maybe longer if it’s your first time. I’ve been making the original pudding cake since I was ten years old! No muss, no fuss… I’m not really sure what “no muss’ means but Mom has been saying it, to me, all my life. The new ‘Pouding Chômeur’ has a more dense cake but it’s every bit as lovely. Instead of baking it, then serving it, in individual ramekins, it goes into a large casserole dish and is served inverted on a plate or in a bowl. It doesn’t matter. The maple cream sauce is glorious which makes it a perfect Easter sweet.

I mentioned a couple of posts back  that Ralph and I were planning several dinner parties before we head to the farm for the summer. I served this dessert at each dinner, unapologetically. It’s too delicious and too easy. If you’re having a crowd over for Easter or having a quiet holiday dinner, give it a whirl. You’ll love it!

Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream is deadly on top! 

Maple Pudding Easter Cake
Preheat oven 350*F


1 cup flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

The Steps:

Sift dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl
Stir wet ingredients together in a separate bowl then add to dry ingredients.
Stir by hand until well mixed.
Place batter in a round baking dish


½ cup whipping cream
1 cup maple syrup

The Steps:

Place cream and maple syrup in a small sauce pan over medium high heat and bring to just before a boil.
Gently pour hot liquid over cake batter.
Place cake in the oven for 40 minutes.
Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into just the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool then serve inverted on individual plates.

THE LOVE: Bake on the lowest level in your oven.

click here for the printable recipe

one year ago: lemony lemon bread infused with fresh thyme

two years ago: asparagus and portobello mushroom tart

three years ago: poppin’ pecans

I’d love it, if you’d share my posts. Happy Easter.

Thanks for reading.

  • YES. Everything about this just yes.

    • Michelle

      Big smile…

  • I want you to give your mother a great big hug from me! Can’t wait to try this one. You may recall why 🙂 XO

    • Michelle

      I do indeed! You were the first person I thought of… xoxo

      • I have actually used this recipe on a number of occasions because it just so scrumptious! No more boiling over disasters. Perhaps I now know why my hostess bought a new stove. She still allows me to cook though. 🙂

        • Michelle

          I hope you’ll try the updated version but keep in mind the new cake is much more robust!

          • Oh, don’t worry! I will and will share with my peeps. 🙂 XO

  • Cindy McCallum

    This looks delicious Michelle. I love how easy it is. It reminds me of a recipe I’ve recently started making, called “Mia’s Warm Gingerbread Pudding Cake”, courtesy of the British Columbia cookbook series, Whitewater Cooks. My recipe is from Whitewater Cooks with Friends, and is one of Mark’s favourites! I get all the ingredients ready before the dinner party, then assemble it and pop it into the oven just before we sit down to eat. Voila! A delicious dessert right out of the oven right on time! And it looks so impressive. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try. Happy Easter!

    • Michelle

      Hi Cindy, the gingerbread pudding recipe sounds fantastic! I’ll see if I can find it. Happy Easter to you and your family. xo

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  • feezor5

    Do you think I could make this with gluten free flour?

    • Michelle

      I don’t know but if you do try it please let me know if it works! Good luck!!!

  • Jennifer

    I don’t claim to be a great baker but I bet I could do this…think I’ll give it a try since I have all the ingredients in my pantry.

    • Michelle

      Hi Jennifer, that’s one of the things that I love about this recipe – you don’t need to make a grocery store run! Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the pudding!

  • Darlene

    I’ve made this recipe twice already and it is super delicious. Thank you.

    • Michelle

      My pleasure! I’m like you, I couldn’t stop making it because it was so tasty and easy. Glad you liked it!

  • Matt

    We made this for Easter…and I came back to look at the recipe just to remind myself how delicious it was. Can’t wait for the next holiday to roll around so I have an excuse to make this again.

    • Michelle

      That is so nice to hear! I love that pudding as well.

  • This recipe is making me crazy! As a youngster in Quebec we had maple syrup pie… now altogether taboo, but this… THIS I could do! Not sure whether to thank you or not 😉 (Definitely will give it a go but not sure I can wait till Easter to try.)

    • Hi Helene, I think you should do a test run before Easter – lol! Thanks so much for your kind words.