Sticky Lemon Pudding

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This dessert features a moist lemon sponge cake soaked in rich, sticky toffee sauce infused with lemon flavor for the gooiest pudding.

Sticky Lemon Pudding

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup plant-based milk almond, soy, or oat
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

Sticky Lemon Glaze:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest


Prepare the Pudding:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish or similar-sized ovenproof dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the applesauce, plant-based milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.


  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top is golden.

Make the Sticky Lemon Glaze:

  • While the pudding bakes, prepare the glaze.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, lemon juice, water, and lemon zest.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer.
  • Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly thickened, then remove from heat.

Glaze the Pudding:

  • When the pudding is done, remove it from the oven.
  • Immediately poke holes all over the top with a skewer or fork.
  • Pour the hot lemon glaze evenly over the pudding, allowing it to soak in and create a sticky, glossy top.


  • Let the pudding cool for a few minutes before serving. It’s delicious warm, but can also be served at room temperature.
  • Enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!


  • Applesauce: Acts as a natural egg replacer, providing moisture and binding.
  • Coconut Oil: Adds richness. You can substitute with another vegetable oil if preferred.
  • Lemon Flavor: Adjust the amount of lemon juice and zest to suit your taste. For an extra zing, add a bit more zest to the glaze.

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