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Rating: 4.49 stars
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

A guaranteed show stopper. It's a big hit in my family. I learned this dessert from the best cook in the whole world, my (late) Grandmother. The apples and walnuts are optional - serve warm with whipped cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch square pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease the bottom of a 9 inch square baking dish.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk. Mix well and pour into prepared pan.

  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, water and butter. Bring to a boil and pour over batter in the pan. Sprinkle top with nuts and chopped apples.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 67.4g; fat 5.7g; cholesterol 6.7mg; sodium 188.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (47)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2007
As far as pudding cakes go, I still like the ones from Paula Deen best but this was pretty good. I doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 pan. I followed the recipe exactly except I added a tsp of real vanilla extract to the sauce part before I poured it over the batter. I also used fresh peeled diced peaches instead of apples and nuts because I had peaches on hand. The larger pan took 45 minutes to cook but turned out like a yummy bread pudding with rich caramel sauce.Pretty tasty! The peaches were great in this. I will try it in the fall with apples and I might try using apple cider instead of water when making the sauce to make it extra apple flavored. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/15/2008
This is a quick dessert but much too sweet! The apple flavor is over-powered by the rich caramel sauce. Read More
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63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2007
As far as pudding cakes go, I still like the ones from Paula Deen best but this was pretty good. I doubled the recipe and used a 9 x 13 pan. I followed the recipe exactly except I added a tsp of real vanilla extract to the sauce part before I poured it over the batter. I also used fresh peeled diced peaches instead of apples and nuts because I had peaches on hand. The larger pan took 45 minutes to cook but turned out like a yummy bread pudding with rich caramel sauce.Pretty tasty! The peaches were great in this. I will try it in the fall with apples and I might try using apple cider instead of water when making the sauce to make it extra apple flavored. Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2007
This recipe was delicious. I made it for my parents' anniversary and they loved it. One suggestion they gave me however was to increase the apples and decrease the sugar. As other reviewers have said this recipe came out to be a little too sweet and too rich. Still delicious and I'm sure with these modifications it'll be even more delicious! Thanks for sharing! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2006
Excellent! Thanks Matthew for sharing a family treasure. It was great the way it was, just as written. I made it twice, once as written, and once with a cut back to about 3/4 C white sugar and 1 1/2 C brown sugar. Both came out excellent with the second time being just a little less sweet. Baking for 35 minutes was perfect. I think some of the variations in oven cooking temperatures have a bearing on how the results turn out for some. I calibrate my oven to a digital thermometer occasionally to make sure it is working correctly. This recipe was quick and easy to make with ingrediants that are usually available in every kitchen and tastes like a lot more work than it is, my kind of recipe. Yummy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2007
I was searching through for another cinnamon recipe and this seemed to fit -the whole brown syrup thing sounded a little well a lot fattening so I just skipped it and made the batter it was really quite nice-it was more like bread than cake you could even butter it plus it wasn't too sweet the pieces I wanted a little extra sweetness too I buttered and put a little bit of cinnamon/white sugar on top. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2006
A BIG hit! Rich caramelly sauce and sweet cinnamon cake in a down-home and EASY dessert. I had my parents over for dinner and after dessert my Mom said "this is a keeper". I think I will modify the dish slightly next time I make it. I will double the apples and stir them into the batter rather than leave them on top. I didn't have any problem with the sauce boiling over I used a square pyrex dish and it was just the right size. Also it's not as good at room temperature or reheated as it is warm from the oven so plan accordingly. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
This is INCREDIBLE!! The cake bakes and floats to the top and the syrup turns into a luscious caramel sauce on the bottom. Do eat this warm out of the oven with ice cream or freshly whipped cream on top. AWESOME!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2005
I made this recipe as a finale for a Jambalaya dinner and it was a great hit. Mind you I substituted whole grain flour for the white and I added 1/4 cup bourbon to the sauce just before pouring it over the batter. I used apples no nuts and we served it with ice cream. Fabulous. Next time I'll make more sauce to have for the ice cream because there's no sauce left for the leftovers. Your grandmother was right (aren't they always?) This is a very easy to make keeper. Made this again on 4 Dec but had some problems. Now I understand some the previous negative reviews. It is very important not to overbake this as the sauce sort of turns to jelly not very appetizing. I added some sweetened dried cranberries Craisins doubled the amount of apple and put them in with the dry ingredients. Baked it in a larger pan but I should have taken it out at the 35 minute mark instead I left it for 40 and the sauce was not very nice. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
I had a craving for something easy and cinnamon last night so I whipped this up. I'd never heard of pudding cake so I didn't know what to expect I just went from the reviews. It seemed weird how the ingredients (no eggs no oil) could turn into some kind of cake but it sure did! I gave it a shot and it's OUTSTANDING. It kinda reminded me of a big warm muffin with sauce. I didn't have any fruit but I think I would try to add them if I made this again - just for the variation. This would be a great brunch recipe! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2007
I made with whole wheat flour and topped with apples and raisins. Our family has a sweet tooth but this is VERY sweet. Suggest to use less sugar in the sauce. Recommend to serve with alot of ice cream and a little cake. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/15/2008
This is a quick dessert but much too sweet! The apple flavor is over-powered by the rich caramel sauce. Read More
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