Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 7, 2019

Print This Post Print This Post Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake is a wildly good dessert, and you will no doubt make it all the time. It relies on pantry and refrigerator items, and can be embellished with whatever fruit you have in season!

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but, as always, opinions are all mine.

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake is a wildly good dessert, and you will no doubt make it all the time. It relies on pantry and refrigerator items, and can be embellished with whatever fruit you have in season! 

No doubt you’ll make this in summer, fall, winter and spring. It’s so good, you’ll crave it year-’round, and be happy when you smell it in the oven.

In summer it is particularly handy because you can throw whatever fresh berries you have on it, or cherries, or fresh peaches or other stone fruit.

In other seasons, sliced pears or apples or persimmons, segmented tangerines, pomegranate arils, mango, pineapple…let what’s in your fruit bowl be your guide. My rule of thumb is if it tastes good with caramel, it makes the cut! 

 How to make Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake

Ingredients for Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake on ShockinglyDelicious.com1. Assemble your ingredients. (This is good advice no matter what recipe you are making.)

Batter for Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake on ShockinglyDelicious.com2. Make the batter using an electric mixer.

Batter into pan for Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake on ShockinglyDelicious.com3.  Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan.

Pour sauce topping over batter on ShockinglyDelicious.com4. Make the Brown Sugar Maple Sauce, and pour it over the prepared batter. It automagically sinks to the bottom while baking.

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake out of the oven on ShockinglyDelicious.com5. Bake it. It might (probably!) heave and bubble while baking. This is not only entertaining, but natural! It emerges with sticky pudding on the bottom bubbling up around the edges and sides. YUM!

Easy Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake on ShockinglyDelicious.com6. When you cut a piece and serve it, be prepared to be asked for the recipe.

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake Day 27. Interestingly, this cake changes if you have it left over. The next day, the caramel sauce on the bottom becomes more firm. Don’t worry, it is EXCELLENT both days!

8. Additional ways to serve it: add fresh sliced strawberries, whole raspberries or blackberries, or fresh peaches on top.

Shall we turn on the oven and make it? The answer is YES!

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake is a wildly good dessert, and you will no doubt make it all the time. It relies on pantry and refrigerator items, and can be embellished with whatever fruit you have in season!


  • Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar (I used Dixie Crystals sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used Adams Extract)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • .
  • Brown Sugar Maple Sauce
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed (I used Dixie Crystals sugar)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used Adams Extract)


  1. Heat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Generously spray a 4-quart baking dish (I used a Wilton Bake and Bring 13x9-inch baking pan) with non-stick cooking spray. (You could use 2 9-inch layer cake pans.) Place pan(s) on the lined baking sheet.
  3. In a mixer bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until fluffy, 2-4 minutes and then add the egg and vanilla and blend well. Stir in the milk and then the flour, baking powder and salt. Spoon into the prepared pan.
  4. For the Brown Sugar Sauce: In the same mixer bowl, (no need to clean it) whisk the boiling water, butter, cream, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour this gently over the batter in the pan.
  5. Bake until the top is medium brown and you can see the sauce underneath bubbling through, about 45-50 minutes. (While cake is in oven, it will bubble and heave, which is why it is important to put it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.)
  6. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature (the sauce firms up as it cools).
  7. Serves 6-8


Recipe source: Marcy Goldman of If you're a baker, I highly recommend you join her mailing list. She has a great newsletter, including a wonderful (free) recipe each month.

You guys…honestly, do you need more incentive to make this? Look at this caramel…

Caramel Sticky Pudding Cake with a piece cut out on

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Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine. We would like to thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Anolon. These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra | A Dash of Sanity July 19, 2019 at 8:48 pm

This looks so good! Totally irresistible!


Jaida ~ Sweet Beginnings July 17, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Loving all that caramel!!


Dorothy Reinhold July 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

It is ALMOST enough! 🙂


Renee Goerger July 15, 2019 at 9:03 am

I’m going to have to make this ASAP. We have company coming over this weekend and I do believe this will be the perfect dessert. Thanks for the recipe!!


Dorothy Reinhold July 15, 2019 at 12:01 pm

They will LOVE it!


April Tuell July 15, 2019 at 8:11 am

This looks amazing as is, but I love your suggestion of adding peaches or apples on top!


kallee July 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm

what an amazingly rich and delicious looking dessert


Dorothy Reinhold July 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm

You said it. Exactly right!


Allyson Zea July 12, 2019 at 7:57 am

This dessert is so delicious and it’s so easy! I LOVE IT!


Toni | Boulder Locavore July 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

I’d love to give this a try! Looks so good!


Jennifer July 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

This cake looks fantastic! I can just imagine the warm flavor that I would get if I put a piece In my mouth. That caramel takes it over the top I am sure!


Cheese Curd In Paradise July 11, 2019 at 4:05 am

The caramel is poured over the cake?! I am in! This looks so delicious, and I love the pattern on the Wilton pan!


Dorothy Reinhold July 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm

Cheese Curd,
Yep, the sauce is poured over the batter, and then as it bakes it sinks to the bottom and makes a thick caramel layer of pudding-y goodness. OMG. And that pan is seriously cute.


Ashley F July 11, 2019 at 3:14 am

I love how simple this looks to make! It would not last long in my house!


Vera S July 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

Strawberry short cake would be my favorite summer dessert.


Amanda Livesay July 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm

This looks absolutely scrumptious! I wish I had some now!


Dorothy Reinhold July 10, 2019 at 6:36 pm

You DO, you really do!


Hezzi-D July 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

Oh man this looks so sticky and delicious!


theresa July 9, 2019 at 8:58 pm

i want to try this


Erin Vasicek July 9, 2019 at 4:24 am

Oh my goodness this looks so damn good! I want a scoop of ice cream on top and I’m in heaven


Katerina @ diethood .com July 9, 2019 at 3:08 am

YUM!! Such an amazing dessert!! My family would LOVE it!


Chrissie Baker July 9, 2019 at 1:06 am

This sounds wonderful, and your photos are just delightful. Can’t wait to make this for my family!


Beth Pierce July 8, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Now this is my kind of dessert! Looks amazing; can’t wait to make this tomorrow!


Lisa V. July 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm

My favorite summer dessert is ice cream (preferably in an ice cream sundae with lots of hot fudge, toasted pecans, and whipped cream. Yum!)


Demeter July 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm

This sounds perfectly decadent! I think I’ll impress my dinner guests with this dessert this weekend. Thanks!


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