Butterscotch Pudding Cake

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The best of both worlds is this butterscotch cake when baked all in one pan, makes its own magic butterscotch pudding sauce!

This cake has a butterscotch cake layer and as it bakes and when you scoop out the cake it has a butterscotch warm saucy pudding  that oozes out from the bottom.

It's just an amazing all-in-one cake dessert that any butterscotch lover will flip over.

With easy pantry ingredients, you can make this quickly any weeknight, just be prepared for it to be the most memorable dessert you've ever made, it's a conversation piece for sure on "how does it do that!"

Not to be compared to the magic cake recipes that make a built-in custard, this is much more like a thin pudding sauce, it's just amazing how it bakes like that and so easy.

As a child, mom made this for dad he was the butterscotch lover but we all became fans quickly, this is an old vintage recipe that through the generations, it remains a favorite.

cake oozing butterscotch pudding sauce

Easy Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish
  2. place dark brown sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside
  3. mix the cake ingredients together and pour into the prepared pan
  4. boil the water
  5. sprinkle the sugar and cornstarch on the cake batter then pour the water on top
  6. bake the cake for 40 minutes, it's so easy
  7. serve this warm with ice cream, whipped cream or plain as is!

butterscotch sauce oozing out of warm cake

Ingredients Needed

  • dark brown sugar
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • melted butter
  • egg
  • milk
  • maple syrup or dark corn syrup
  • Sauce
  • cornstarch
  • dark brown sugar

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  • always preheat oven
  • the cake is best served warm
  • use the toothpick method in the center to make sure it's finished baking
  • recipe can be doubled
  • serve with vanilla ice cream
  • pan suggestions: 6 cup capacity and shape
  • for greasing use butter, cooking oil spray, or line with parchment paper
  • the sauce/pudding is under the cake when you scoop it out after baking
  • be very careful not to disturb the cake batter when pouring the boiling water on top try doing this from the side of the cake batter slowly

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Best of Both Worlds Butterscoth Cake

I don't think you can beat the fact that this cake makes its own butterscotch delicious sauce baked right in the bottom of the cake.

I was never quite sure why it was called buttercotch pudding cake, because although it exactly the same flavors again to me it's a delicious cake sauce.

May I just say, it's the best butterscotch cake you will ever sink your teeth in and the easiest vintage cake in my recipe collection!

Butterscotch Pudding Cake

Butterscotch Pudding Cake

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min
Cake baked with pudding all in one pan. This is butterscotch basically more like a sauce that oozes out the bottom of the cake.


  • Cake:
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 7 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or dark corn syrup
  • Sauce
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter grease a baking casserole cake pan that will hold around 6 to 8 cups.
  2. In a large bowl mix the cornstarch and dark brown sugar and add to the bowl (this is for the sauce/pudding).
  3. In another clean bowl mix, the flour, butter, dark brown sugar, egg, and baking powder and stir then add the milk and evenly blend together until no more lumps appear around 1 minute.
  4. Pour this mixture into the butter cake dish.
  5. Place the water into a microwave-safe glass bowl and boil the water.
  6. Sprinkle the batter with the dark brown sugar and cornstarch mixture then slowly pour the boiling water over the top (not to disturb the cake batter).
  7. Bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for around 40 minutes.
  8. Check the middle with a toothpick to see if it comes clean.
  9. The pudding is underneath the cake, so to serve scoop it out and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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