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Southern Molasses Pudding Cake

This tasty pudding is an old southern classic
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: molasses cake, molasses pudding, molassses, southern comfort food
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Chloe Tuttle


For the Pudding

  • ½ cup raisins dark
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg if doubling recipe use 1 large egg
  • 4 Tablespoons butter ½ stick butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For The Bourbon Sauce

  • 4 Tablespoons butter 1/2 stick butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cream
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Grease a 1½ quart glass baking dish using something like Baker's Secret cooking spray

  • Put raisins and Bourbon into small deep Pyrex dish or measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Set aside to steep.

  • In medium mixing bowl stir together the egg, molasses, melted butter and buttermilk. Add the sugar, flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon. Stir to mix. Drain raisins and add drained raisins to the batter mix. Stir to combine.

  • Pour batter in to baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a straw inserted into the center of the batter comes out clean.


  • In a small saucepan on low heat add the butter, Bourbon, brown and white sugars, cream, Bourbon and salt. Heat on low until all is dissolved. Continue to keep warm and add chopped pecans. Pour over each piece of Molasses Pudding.

  • This makes 1 cup sauce.

  • Serving Suggestions

  • Serve warm or hot or else it will be grainy. Do not cook too fast or too long; sauce will become grainy.

  • Serve hot with warm Bourbon sauce drizzled over each piece of pudding cake. If wanted you can add dollop of whipped cream.


This recipe is a favorite of southern cooks.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1.1mg