cinnamon pudding cake

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Came across a recipe of my MIL’s from that same cozy home in Annabella, UT that our pancake recipe was inspired by. I’d written it down many years ago while we were visiting and had never tried it, but after reading through it several weeks ago, just knew it had to be given a Paleo makeover and then shared!

Soft cinnamony cake sitting up on top of warm pudding…can you say “perfect holiday dinner dessert!” I prefer it sans paleo vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream, but I’m in the minority. The rest of the family enjoy it more with a dollop (or two) of the creaminess!

A few of the ingredients (grass fed butter, maple sugar and hot water) are listed in two different places, but I feel like the recipe reads better and is easier to follow that way as they are used at two different points in the process. In any case, read through the recipe a couple times just to familiarize yourself with the process and the ingredients. It’s actually a super simple recipe…just have all your ingredients organized, ready to go and your oven warming while you whip it up. Then bake and enjoy!

cinnamon pudding cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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spongy cake up top and warm cinnamon pudding below



  • 2 c Otto’s Cassava Flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp Redmond Real Salt
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ c grass fed butter, softened
  • ½ c maple sugar
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 c molasses
  • 1 c hot water
  • ⅔ c maple sugar
  • ¼ grass fed butter, softened
  • 2 c hot water
  • powdered maple sugar* for garnish (opt)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Coat a 13″x9″ cake pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine cassava flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg and cloves and whisk together to combine, set aside.
  4. Add ½ cup grass fed butter to a large bowl along with ½ cup maple sugar and with an electric mixer, cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat again until well combined, set aside.
  5. In a separate measuring cup, combine molasses and 1 cup hot water, stir to combine.
  6. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to grass fed butter/maple sugar/egg mixture, beating until well combined then add ⅓ of the molasses/water mixture and beat again. Repeat with flour mixture & water/molasses (a ⅓ at a time) beating after each addition until all ingredients are well combined.
  7. Pour cake batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth out evenly.
  8. Sprinkle ⅔ c maple sugar evenly over the top of the cake. Add ¼ c remaining grass fed butter to 2 cups hot water, stir until grass fed butter is melted. Pour over the top of the maple sugar…DO NOT STIR!
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Cake top will crack as it bakes. To check for doneness, insert toothpick into the top part of the cake only, it should come out clean when done. Don’t insert all the way to the bottom into the pudding portion or your toothpick will come out gooey every time!
  10. Let cake set for about 10-15 minutes, but be sure to serve warm with a dollop of your favorite paleo vanilla ice cream or sweetened, whipped coconut cream! Sprinkle with powdered maple sugar if desired.
  11. *powdered maple sugar: combine 1 cup maple sugar & 1 tbl tapioca starch in a high speed blender (I used a blendtec) and blend for about 30-45 seconds. Place a kitchen towel on top of the lid to keep a fine mist of powder from getting all over your counter top! You should get a perfect powdered sugar…I got almost 2 cups! Your results might be different depending on your blender.

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