Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Cups

2/14/2019 08:27:00 AM

Lemon cheesecake pudding cups. These impressive desserts are deceptively simple - we have a sprinkling of buttery biscuit crumbs, topped with a light and lemony cream cheese mousse. It's summer in a glass!

Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Cups

I love making desserts for friends*, and I usually go for something like a whole pie or cake, to be sliced and shared at the table. Some favourites: a baked cheesecake, my no-bake heavenly cheesecake, an apple crumble pie, Nigella's cherry pie, my cherry slab pie, a cardamom-tahini pumpkin pie...

However, sometimes it's nice to do something a bit more desserty, and I think these dinky little pudding cups are super cute! I also like the idea that you'll have your little dessert, enjoy it, and then you move on - no slices of cake or pie staring at you from the fridge for the next week. The recipe below makes two portions, and it's easily scaled up or down depending on how many you'd like to make. (A quick tip if you'd like to halve this recipe for a single portion, you absolute champion: 1/4 cup is 62.5ml, so roughly 4x15ml tablespoons. Half of a 1/4 cup is 2x15ml tablespoons - boom).

These lemon cheesecake pudding cups are, as the name implies, a light and creamy lemon cheesecake-flavoured mousse, served in individual cups. I also include a layer of biscuit crumbs - the best part of a cheesecake! The whole recipe, really, is a supremely low-effort but high-reward take on a cheesecake. (Of course, when I call them "pudding", I'm referring to the American or Italian style of pudding or budino - i.e. a cold and creamy mousse - rather than a British-style baked pudding.)

So, to make these you simply mix some biscuit crumbs (Graham crackers or Digestives) with a little butter and a pinch of cinnamon, and spoon them into your serving glasses. The moussey topping is a mixture of whipped cream, cream cheese, icing sugar and lemon curd. Too easy! I made lemon curd from scratch (and the recipe for the curd is included below), to make use of some gorgeous organic lemons that Prahran Market gifted me as part of my most recent round of creating recipes for The A-Team. However, to make this even easier you could definitely use store-bought lemon curd.

Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Cups

I guess I think of these as the dessert version of the lemon and thyme gin sours I shared a little while ago. And as I type this, it occurs to me that you could 100% serve them together if you're a lemon fiend! Enjoy!

Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Cups
Pudding Cups recipe by Sarah Cooks
Lemon Curd recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson's How to Eat

For the lemon curd
2 lemons, preferably organic
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
150 grams caster sugar
100 grams unsalted butter
For the pudding cups
10 grams butter
6 tablespoons graham cracker or digestive biscuit crumbs (approx. 35-40 grams)
1 pinch cinnamon
1/4 cup cream
60 grams cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1/4 cup lemon curd
To serve: berries, lemon slices and extra whipped cream

To make the lemon curd
Zest and juice the lemons. Place the zest and juice into a heavy based saucepan. Add the eggs, caster sugar and butter. Place on a low heat, and cook, stirring all the while, until the mixture has thickened and become smooth. Place the lemon curd into a sterilised jar and keep in the fridge. You will need 1/4 cup of the lemon curd for the pudding cups.
To make the pudding cups
Melt the butter, and stir in the biscuit crumbs and cinnamon. Divide the mixture between two serving cups and set aside.
Whip the cream to soft peaks. Set aside.
Beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Fold in the whipped cream and 1/4 cup lemon curd.
Divide the mixture between the serving cups. If you are not serving straight away, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate.
Just before serving, decorate the pudding cups with extra whipped cream, berries and lemon slices.
Makes 2

Have you made this recipe? Leave a comment below! Tag me on Instagram @sarahcooksblog and hashtag #sarahcooksblog

*and yes, by "friends" I sometimes mean just me and Sandra, watching re-runs of Great British Bake-Off and Nigella Bites on a Saturday night

You Might Also Like


  1. If I can be honest i never try a lemon cheesecake pudding.



My email address is sarahcooks [at] hotmail [dot] com.