Creamy Rice Pudding Cake | Recipe

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Rice Pudding was one of my favourite sweet treats throughout my childhood, so it’s fitting that it gets an upgrade to cake format! This unusual bake is good fun, and makes a striking dessert. Introducing, the Rice Pudding Cake.

After spotting this recipe for a curious sounding Rice Pudding Cake on a few websites, I just had to give it a try. After all, I’m a big fan of Rice Pudding, but have never tried it in cake form! Curiosity just got the better of me. 

This cake is layered. Two layers, one of rice and one of a thick, sweet custard, come together for this sweet, creamy, and delicious combination. I will warn you, if you’re making this, that it is very sweet. I cut the amount of sugar in this recipe by 50g, and I still found it very sweet. So, I strongly recommend serving a sharp fruit compote alongside this rice pudding cake, or even some fresh fruit, such as raspberries, with whipped cream. This will really help but through the sweetness of the cake.

This creamy rice pudding cake is absolutely delicious

The top layer of custard should be just set. This means that, when you’re checking if it’s done, it should have a slight wobble. This will make for a delicate custard. The last thing you want is a custard that’s far too thick and solid. Now, I don’t mean undercook it so it’s still liquid, it needs to have solidified, but only just about set in the centre. The edges will always be thicker and more firmly set, to hold the slice together.

Layers of rice pudding and custard come together for this cake

The sugar is this cake ensures a dark golden and slightly caramelised top, but the drop of alcohol that’s also added gives a zing to the custard that’s much needed. Combined with a touch of lemon zest, it makes for an acidic flavour that the cake much requires. Rum is the classic spirit used in this cake. I, of course, substituted it for Whiskey. You could, however, try mixing it up with some orange liquor or limoncello, to add to the fruity essence. 

Experimentation is the name of the game! Remember, this cake is very sweet, so if you don’t have a sweet-tooth, maybe cut the sugar down just a touch further. I would love to try this Rice Pudding cake with a little fruit cooked into it, but I can’t recommend that until I’ve tested it. If you like a walk on the wild side, give it a shot!

Rice Pudding Cake
Serves 6
Custard and rice pudding join forces for this delicious, creamy cake.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 200g caster sugar
  2. 100g risotto rice
  3. 6 large free-range eggs
  4. 50mls spirit (I used whiskey)
  5. Zest of half a lemon
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 475mls whole milk
  8. Salt
  1. Grease a solid-bottomed cake pan or pie dish well, and dust with icing sugar.
  2. Boil the risotto rice in water seasoned with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
  4. Warm the milk, and whisk in the rice.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, sugar, spirit, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  6. Add the warmed milk and rice, whisking until combined.
  7. Pour your mixture into your greased pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, checking regularly near the end of baking.
  8. Remove from the oven when the custard is just set, and the top is caramelised, and dark brown in patches.
  9. Leave to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  10. Serve alongside fresh fruit and cream.
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  1. Lori
    March 2, 2017

    The ingredients you have vanilla extract but in the instructions it’s not put in?

    • Alice | Sauce Pots
      March 2, 2017

      Hi Lori

      Sorry about that – I type too fast! You can add it with the rest of the wet ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Francesca
    May 17, 2017

    What would you grease the cake pan with? I’m not too keen on butter and would oil make the cake greasy?

    • Alice | Sauce Pots
      May 17, 2017

      Hi Francesca,
      I usually use cooking spray, but you could also lightly grease with butter and then dust with flour to create a non-stick seal around your baking tin. Alternatively, use some non-stick baking paper! I hope this helps.
      Alice ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Francesca
    May 17, 2017

    That’s great. Thank you.

  4. Angela
    June 19, 2018

    can you leave the alcohol out? as I have kids eating this.
    also would you leave 20g of sugar out?

    • Alice | Sauce Pots
      June 20, 2018

      Hi Angela!
      You could of course leave the alcohol out of this recipe, but I would be reluctant to leave out sugar as it does need sweetness, it could be very bland otherwise.
      If you wanted to leave out just 20g if sugar that would probably be fine, but I havenโ€™t tested the recipe in those quantities so let us know how you get on!
      Alice x