Halloween Desserts:
Magic Wizard Cake

If you are looking for Halloween desserts that are both fun and delicious, you'll want to try this easy recipe for pudding cake!

halloween pudding cake

This pudding cake appears like magic! Here's how it works:

  • Mix together the batter and spread it on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Mix together the magic potion and pour it over the batter.
  • Put the dish in the oven and bake.
  • When you take out the dish .... presto change-o!! The batter has magically levitated to the top of the cake!

Since you mix the cake right in the baking dish, there is very little cleanup.

And did I mention that this is delicious??

This cake has too much sugar to be called a "healthy dessert". Save this for special occasions - like Hallowe'en!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • whole wheat flour
    • brown sugar
    • baking powder
    • salt
    • raisins
    • vanilla

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • milk
    • maple syrup
    • butter

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a baking dish
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a fork

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a glass (Pyrex) measuring cup (if not, use a small heat proof bowl)
    • a kettle for heating the water (if not, use a pot on the stove)

    The recipe


    1 cup/250 mL whole wheat flour

    1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar

    2 tsp/10 mL baking powder

    1/4 tsp/1 mL salt

    1/2 cup/125 mL raisins

    1/2 cup/125 mL milk

    Sauce (aka "Magic Potion")

    1/2 cup/125 mL maple syrup

    1 1/2 cups/375 mL boiling water

    1 tsp/5 mL butter

    1 tsp/5 mL vanilla

    Preheat oven to 325F/160C.

    Get out a 2 quart/2 L baking dish.

    Put the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in the baking dish.
    Mix with a fork until well blended.

    Add the raisins.

    Add the milk.
    Stir well until you have a smooth batter.
    Spread the batter evenly over the bottom of the dish.

    In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, combine the maple syrup, boiling water, butter and vanilla.
    Stir until the butter has completely melted.

    Pour the sauce gently over the batter.
    Do not stir!

    Put the baking dish in the oven.
    Bake until the cake is golden and the "potion" is bubbling mysteriously - about 30-40 minutes.
    Serve warm.

    I hope that this becomes one of your favorite Halloween desserts!


    • Use another type of flour instead of whole wheat.

    • Use a non-dairy milk substitute (soy milk, rice milk, etc.) in place of the milk.

    • Use 3/4 cup/180 mL brown sugar instead of the maple syrup.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try using another type of dried fruit instead of (or as well as) the raisins. How about dried cranberries? Currants? Diced dried apricots?


    • After you pour the "potion" over the cake, the whole mess will look really strange. That's exactly how it should look! Resist the temptation to stir it.

    • Serve the cake in bowls. Pour some milk over each serving. Or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dollop of whipped cream.

    If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other Halloween recipes: