Make Ahead

Cointreau Pudding Cake with Cranberry Syrup

November  9, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 9
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

What You'll Need
  • 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
  • Cranberry Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Cointreau Pudding Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put full kettle of water on to boil.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Note: This can instead be prepared in ramekins and baked for 20-25 minutes.
  1. Cranberry Syrup
  2. 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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  • Lehnhoca
  • Lizthechef
  • monkeymom
  • AntoniaJames
  • SallyCan

Recipe by: monkeymom

My favorite distraction is to cook. Though science and cooking/baking have a lot in common, I'm finding that each allows me to enjoy very different parts of my life. Cooking connects me with my heritage, my family, friends, and community. I'm really enjoying learning from the food52 community, who expose me to different ingredients and new ways to cook.

18 Reviews

Lehnhoca December 22, 2011
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.
Lizthechef November 13, 2010
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.
monkeymom November 15, 2010
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!
monkeymom November 13, 2010
Thanks Sally and AJ! Great ideas about the sauce, the blending and the spiking!
AntoniaJames November 12, 2010
My mouth is watering, just reading the recipe . . . . I'd be sorely tempted to spike the sauce with Cointreau, too! Gorgeous dessert. ;o)
SallyCan November 12, 2010
SallyCan November 12, 2010
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 :)
gingerroot November 12, 2010
Just getting to really look at all of, this looks amazing! I think I will try this for Thanksgiving.
drbabs November 9, 2010
Monkeymom, this sounds really fabulous!
monkeymom November 10, 2010
Thanks drbabs! I hope you try it out and let me know what you think.
mrslarkin November 9, 2010
This sounds amaze-za-zing!!
monkeymom November 10, 2010
Thank you mrsL! Thrilled that you like it!
aargersi November 9, 2010
Oh my GAWD this sounds so good ... you win!!
monkeymom November 9, 2010
Love you aargersi!
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
monkeymom November 9, 2010
Thank you Sagegreen!
TheWimpyVegetarian November 9, 2010
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!
monkeymom November 9, 2010
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.