Cointreau Pudding Cake with Cranberry Syrup

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Author Notes: Though I love the standards for Thanksgiving dessert, sometimes I am just so full that even the thought of a heavy pie can be too much. This dessert is an airy and refreshing alternative. It's got a cloud-like cake layer on top of a custardy base. I'm always amazed how the same batter can produce both! This dessert is also convenient because it is equally good warm or chilled...meaning any leftovers are fair game in the morning!monkeymom

Serves 9

Cointreau Pudding Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp Cointreau (or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar for whipping egg whites
  • freshly whipped heavy cream for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put full kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Butter an 8x8 inch glass baking dish. Get a larger pan ready that can fit the dish inside of it easily. You’ll have to take the smaller dish out later when the pan is full of hot water!
  3. Separate eggs. Put yolks in a blender and whites in a mixer bowl. Add buttermilk, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, Cointreau, flour, butter, and salt to blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Then add 1/4 cup sugar slowly and beat until stiff but not dry. Pour 1/3 of buttermilk mixture into whites and fold until uniform. Repeat with two more additions. You want to keep the whites fluffy so fold very gently.
  5. Pour batter into prepared dish then place in large rectangular roasting pan. Fill pan with hot water to halfway up dish. Bake 40-45 minutes. The top should be lightly browned but the batter should still jiggle in the center only. If you cook it on the shorter end, the custardly bottom will be more liquid-like. If you cook it longer, you will have more cake. I like mine more custardy so I begin checking even at 35 minutes. Very carefully remove from water-filled pan and let cool completely.
  6. You can serve this while still slightly warm or you can cool it and refrigerate to serve it chilled. Serve it a top a shallow pool of cranberry syrup and crowned with freshly whipped cream.
  7. Note: This can instead be prepared in ramekins and baked for 20-25 minutes.

Cranberry Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil and enjoy the popping sound. Reduce heat to medium and cook until cranberries have turned quite mushy and the sauce has thickened slightly. Add some water if you need to. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and push through the cranberry mush as best you can. Scrape the bottom outside of the strainer occasionally to get some of the thick gel to thicken the syrup.

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over 3 years ago Lehnhoca

I just made this for our dinner, and it was wonderful. My boyfriend was just diagnosed with diabetes, so I used Splenda instead of sugar and it turned out perfect. It is so light and fluffy, we loved it. The orange flavor is very delicate, but next time I may add some orange juice concentrate to make the flavor more intense. Great recipe.


almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

Hi girlfriend, loved meeting you a week ago! Somehow I must have missed your recipe - your cranberry syrup is such an original touch to the pudding cake.


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Hi Liz! A week has gone by already, wow that is fast. Loved meeting you too! And hope you try the pudding cake...I love pudding cake!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Thanks Sally and AJ! Great ideas about the sauce, the blending and the spiking!


almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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My mouth is watering, just reading the recipe . . . . I'd be sorely tempted to spike the sauce with Cointreau, too! Gorgeous dessert. ;o)


almost 5 years ago SallyCan



almost 5 years ago SallyCan

Something else... I was too lazy to mess with the strainer and made a smooth cranberry sauce the other day by simply whirring it with the immersion blender before it got too thick, and then cooking it down until it was the right thickness :)


almost 5 years ago gingerroot

Just getting to really look at all of, this looks amazing! I think I will try this for Thanksgiving.


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Monkeymom, this sounds really fabulous!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Thanks drbabs! I hope you try it out and let me know what you think.


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

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This sounds amaze-za-zing!!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Thank you mrsL! Thrilled that you like it!


almost 5 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh my GAWD this sounds so good ... you win!!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Love you aargersi!


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen



almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Thank you Sagegreen!


almost 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love pudding cakes! And this one looks so good - I'll definitely be trying it over the holidays. So great to see you this weekend at the potluck!


almost 5 years ago monkeymom

Thanks CS! I loved seeing you too! Thanks for offering a spring time gathering. It will be great to do it again after the busy holidays.