Lemon Cups

PhotobucketWhat are these luscious little cups…are they cake? Or are they really pudding…? Or could they be both in the same little scrumptious dessert? If you guessed both, you are right. These lemon cups go back as far as my memories carry me. My Mom and Grandmother made them when I was a small child, and my favorite recipe is from the 1962 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. They always made them in the little Pyrex 5 ounce bowls that can be purchased in any grocery store. Any ramekin will do, but the clear glass lets you see the bright, lemony layers.
If you’ve never tried these I urge you to do so. The batter goes together quickly and it separates while baking into a cakey top layer and a creamy, tart lemon pudding on the bottom.
I like old fashioned, unpretentious desserts that pack a flavor whallop and this one is at the top of my list.Photobucket

Lemon Cups

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons oil
dash salt
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/2 cup lemon juice
1-1/2 cups milk, scalded
3 lightly beaten egg yolks
3 stiffly beaten egg whites

Combine sugar, flour, salad oil, and the salt. Add lemon peel and juice. Slowly stir milk into the egg yolks, add to lemon mixture. Carefully fold in egg whites. Pour into 8 ungreased 5 ounce custard cups.

Set cups in a shallow pan and pour hot water around them to 1 inch deep. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a little whipped cream. A few berries on top are a nice addition too.


  1. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says

    Does this ever look like a goodie even though it's an oldie 😉 I just had to pull out my old Better Homes and Gardens and sure enough, there is a similar recipe called Lemon Pudding Cake.

    It sounds wonderful, Cathy, and how pretty it looks. I love lemon!


  2. The Japanese Redneck says

    Those are such great pictures. The lemon cups look like something that would be one of my favorite desserts.

  3. the ungourmet says

    I love lemon desserts. This one is just the perfect size too. Berries on top would be nice. Raspberries from the farmer's market would be tasty! ;0)

  4. Lori (All That Splatters) says

    These look so pretty, Cathy. I like lemon… but I wonder if I could make these in another flavor. I love the idea of 'cake on the top/ pudding on the bottom'. Yum!

  5. Cathy says

    I'm sure you could Lori. I know there is a chocolate recipe out there that does the same thing, but I've never tried it. Maybe somebody will have some suggestions.

  6. Lisa says

    Nice! I can't believe I've never tried these. I love old fashioned desserts and all of the stories and associations they bring out. This is a great one for summer!

  7. Acorn Cottage says

    I adore anything Lemon and can't wait to try this recipe! Looks so yummy, but then again, everything you makes looks delicious!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Smiles, Nancy

  8. Lynda says

    You know, I think this is the same recipe I found in my mother's old Betty Crocker cook book recently! It sounded so good and I'm so glad you've shared it!I'll try this!

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