Vanilla Pudding Cake 

A million and one more star for this easy, delish cake!  Seriously so dang yummy.  Every time I walked by it I snagged another square and another.  

You will start by making an easy sauce on the stove, pour it into the pan and spoon the batter over the sauce.  If you are a vanilla fan, this one is FOR YOU! My boys do not care for frosting, so this was a huge hit with them as well.


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8” baking pan.  

To make the sauce put the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of milk in a sauce pan.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  Add remaining milk, sugar, vanilla and salt.  Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture comes to a simmer.  

Pour the sauce into the greased pan and set aside while you make the cake.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a separate bowl whisk the milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla.  Add flour mixture to milk mixture and stir just until combined.  Spoon or slowly pour the batter over the sauce mixture.  

Bake 35-40 minutes.  The top should be golden brown and the sauce will bubble around the edges.  Cool 15 minutes before serving.  Serve warm.

(Ashley Madden Rowton is a wife, mom and published cookbook author who lives in Minden, La.)