Autumn Pear / Apple Pudding Cake

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is an easy and popular reciepe, unique if you make it with pears. My family gobbles it up in less time than it takes to make. Great recipe to take to a covered dish gathering.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Choose pears or apples, if you pick pears use the ginger, for apples use the cinnamon.
  2. There are two parts to this recipe, the cake and the topping.
  3. To make the cake: Lightly grease an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan.
  4. Place the fruit in the pan, and sprinkle it with the lemon juice.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, spice, and salt till smooth.
  6. Beat in the egg, then add the flour alternately with the milk (1/2 cup flour, the milk, remaining 1/2 cup flour), beating after each addition.
  7. Spoon the batter over the fruit in the pan, spreading it to mostly cover.
  8. To make the topping: Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and spice.
  9. Sprinkle this mixture over the batter, then carefully pour the hot water over all.
  10. It will puddle on top; that’s OK.
  11. Bake the cake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 60 minutes, until it’s nicely browned on the top.
  12. Remove it from the oven, and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
  13. Yield: 8 to 9 servings.
Most Helpful

This cake is awesome! The only thing I changed was instead of hot water I used hot apple cider. Definitely a do-over!

Lake Effect October 18, 2010

This was the first pudding cake I had ever made and it turned out great. The instructions are spot on. Since I have a baking dish with a divider down the center, I made it with both apples and pears. I also added an ounce of brandy to the water for extra flavor. Thanks for posting!

Oparu July 04, 2009

This was absolutely fabulous with fresh pears and ginger! The ginger really gave it a special zing. My son loves fruit desserts, and boy, we gobbled this one down. If you're not familiar with pudding cake, when baked, the cake layer comes to the top and a saucy layer remains on the bottom. With pears in this version, the fruit remains on the bottom too, similar to a cakey cobbler. Easy and quick to prepare as well. Scouter, I'd give you more than 5 stars if I could! Thanks for a great recipe!

LonghornMama March 02, 2005