World domination…

Now some may be wondering, what am I teaching the bunny to do? Nothing. I find it best not to train him (other than litter box train, which yes you can do) for everyone’s safety. See I am pretty sure that my bunny is the reincarnation of the Brain.
Now if you are wondering what I am talking about, I am in reference to Pinky and The Brain. It’s a cartoon that was out in the 90’s. It was original a short as part of another cartoon that became so popular they made it into it’s own show. It was about two lab mice. One is incredibly stupid, that would be Pinky. One is incredibly smart, that would be the Brain. Every night they would sneak out of their cage with one plan in mind….to take over the world.
I have come to realize that CCS is Pinky, lovable, happy, upbeat and generally doesn’t let much bother her.
LFB on the other hand is the Brain. I often see him plotting away in his cage. If he can ever figure out how to unlatch the cage…watch out. He already gets in and out of it when it is left open (it opens from the top). We used to do this all the time until we discovered that he was escaping…but would actually leap back into his cage if he heard you coming. Clearly, up to no good. ;) Since I can’t be sure he’s not trying to take over the world or simply just get some beet tops from downstairs in the fridge, I find it best, in the interest of national security to not train him to do anything.
I, I on the other hand am trying to take over the world as well (quite unsuccessfully I might add). How? By slowly killing everyone off with fattening desserts. :P Alright, we know that is not true. We all know I am far too lazy to try and take over the world. But I still might be killing people with fattening desserts. This one is no exception.
Rice pudding hooked up with flan one day and what got created was this beautiful, straight to your hips Creamy Rice Pudding Cake. Oh my. If you are a rice pudding lover and you have never tried something like this  you must. It’s so comforting and yummy. The only problem I had is that even with the butter some of the caramel wanted to stay attached to the pan…but I forced it to work with me. I served it with a raspberry-lime coulis (yes, I realize I am on a raspberry sauce kick as of late) to cut through some of the richness of the dessert.

Approximately 279 WW points.

Creamy Lemon-Lime Rice Pudding Cake

2 cups half and half
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup Arborio rice
½ cup packed brown sugar
4 strips lemon zest, removed with a vegetable peeler (you want them large enough to see so you can remove them later)
4 strips lime zest, removed with a vegetable peeler (you want them large enough to see so you can remove them later)
pinch of salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 TBSP water

Bring cream, half and half, rice, brown sugar, zests, and salt to a simmer in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Reduce heat a cook to just a bare simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is gone. Mine took almost 20. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled, remove lemon and lime zests from the pudding mixture.
Whisk in eggs and vanilla. If you are not sure about how cool your pudding mixture is I would temper the eggs first.
Butter a 8 by 1 ½ inch round cake pan. Heat the granulated sugar and water in a small heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil, washing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush if you see any sugar crystals. Boil without stirring. Swirl the pan when you see color forming in order to get the caramel color to spread evenly. Cook until caramel is dark amber in color (you can go lighter if you like). Pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let stand until cooled and hardened.
Pour rice mixture into the cake pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until the top begins to brown but the center is still slightly jiggly. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Invert cake onto a plate, tap the pan and carefully remove the pan. Serve in wedges.

Adapted from Luscious Creamy Desserts by Lori Longbotham

Raspberry-Lime Coulis

1 1/3 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
juice of 1 small lime
3 TBSP powdered sugar

Combine raspberries and lime juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium till the juice of the raspberries starts to come out. Add sugar. Cook until sugar is dissolved and berries are heated through.
Run berry mixture through a sieve. If you desire more sugar you can but remember this is going on a rich dessert so tart is good.


  1. Haha!! I used to love that cartoon :-D

    A Rice Pudding CAKE?!?!??! Heavenly.

  2. Rice pudding cake? You have my attention! This sounds like a great idea. I wish I’d thought of it myself.

  3. ha what a great idea transforming rice pudding in a cake. surely it looks delicious. :)

  4. Well, you are most definitely killing ME! Oh, and I LOVED Pinky and the Brain. :)

  5. Ho, better not let Gorn see this one . . . rice pudding cake would drive him crazy! wild crazy!! He might even think he should take on training bunny/brain!
    That looks gorgeous good.

  6. Hee! Your WW points estimate makes me glad that I don’t do WW anymore ;-)

  7. Oh, yum. That looks really good and delicious.

  8. And here I thought you were such a nice girl!!!

    Seriously, though, that looks amazing!! I am such a hooker for rice pudding (and let me tell you, my sugar-free rice pudding snacks haven’t been cuttin’ it lately), so this heavenly dessert is right up my alley!!!

  9. I hate rice pudding.

    You may have just converted me with this one.

    And I’d vote for you for world dominatrix. Which sounds *far* more salacious than I meant it. :)

  10. I love rice pudding, and the damage is already done. Might as well keep eating….
    Looks totally decandent!

  11. Oooo, rice pudding is my favorite dessert! Unfortunately I have to bake a birthday cake for a friend this weekend or else this would totally be the dessert of the weekend. Although I guess she did ask for lemon cake, and this is a cake with lemon in it….

  12. When ever I have a day off during the week, my boyfriend asks me, what are we going to do today? And always without fail I will raise my arms and bellow “TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WOOOORLD” hehehe
    Love that cartoon!
    This dessert looks delicious, I have attempted to make rice pudding twice recently, and both times have been a flop, maybe this recipe might save me, from some sort of rice-dessert related CURSE!

  13. I’m sad we didn’t grow up as neighbors. We watch all the same tv.
    “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”
    “I think so Brain, but how are we going to get the feathers to stay on all the pickles?”

  14. I love Pinky & the Brain!

    This creation is definitely take over the world material. While everyone is busy eating it, you can seize control and have global domination. Bwaaahaha!

  15. “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?”

    We had a drinking game based around Pinky and the Brain at the back of the tour bus. I don’t remember all the rules though (wonder why….)

    And thank goodness I now have you on my “after dinner” rotation of reads versus first thing in the morning because now I know what I’m ordering for dessert every night!

  16. After I read your other post, I was thinking “If the doggie gets to be a ninja then the bunny will need self defense classes”. I am happy to read that the bunny is a world dominating mastermind and needs no help at all.

  17. I love rice pudding and this looks wonderful. I love that last picture. The colors are beautiful. 279 WW points, is that all? :)

  18. Rice pudding… as a cake? Veeery interesting! I’m sure it tastes sinfully delicious.

  19. I like the sound of a rice pudding cake! It looks really good!

  20. Rice pudding is one of my faves!!! But I’ve been craving flan lately.

    I MUST try this. Yum!

  21. Ooooo this looks even better than bread pudding, if that is possible. Brilliant combo! There are worse way to be killed off.

  22. i think your plan is fool-proof. i, for one, am doing my part by taking the fattiest of all fat foods to work each day, hoping to boost the cholesterol of the coworkers i don’t like.

    i kid, i kid. kinda. :)

  23. When I’m teaching the 7th graders and they come in every day and ask what we’re doing today, I think “same thing we do every night Pinky….” I loved that show.
    And oh my that cake/rice pudding/flan looks so super yummy!

  24. Ooh, only 279 WW points! Sweet! I’ll just have to starve until my next WW meeting! :) I really appreciate this post because the only dessert dishes I’ve seen using rice (aside from rice pudding) comes from Filipino cuisine. What a great idea and this looks delicious!

  25. *gasp* I love rice pudding, and here you’ve put it into a cake! Pinky and the Brain were one of my favorites when I was in college. Jeremy and I still quote Pinky to one another (“You’re clean as a carrot!”) Thanks for the recipe, you just added 2 pounds to my butt.

  26. Good lord, you’ve done it again!

  27. Wow this looks divine. Pagemark this recipe and make it! Love rice pudding.

  28. Your blog is super. So are your photographies. They make me hungry. I have spent a nice moment when seeing them. Thanks a lot.

  29. That looks fabulous!!! I work with Lori sometimes (she develops some recipes for the magazine I work for) and I can tell you that along with creating truly exceptional recipes, she is an incredibly nice person too :)

  30. Ohmygosh that looks delicious! I am a HUGE fan of rice pudding, can’t wait to try this variation!!

  31. Oh my. When rice pudding and flan make love.
    I need to try this…. There are such awesome citrus fruits out there right now that are begging for me to try this.
    So I guess I’ll have to.
    You are evil ; )

  32. I do love me my rice pudding. What a great idea to just bake it into a cake!

  33. hello!i’m italian. your blog is very beautiful. even if i don’t understand all the ingredients o this recipe I’ve understand that it is very good. I make a similar italin sweet,very very good. bye bye anna maria from modena

  34. As always, delicious. You’re not helping my supposed new healthy eating, though! :p

  35. LOL! Pinky & the Brain! Good show…
    Do you ever watch Adult Swim on the cartoon network? Good stuff.
    Thanks to you, I finally bought the cookbook “baked”. I love it, and made that root beer cake…god that was good.

  36. You can dominate my world anytime with sweets like this. Delicious!

  37. I just saw something similar in a dessert book I am reading, but yours looks far more appetizing!
    Happy New Year to you Peabody, and all the best for 2009!

  38. hmmmm. i did not like the rice pudding we made for TWD. but maybe i would like rice pudding cake!!

  39. The most common answer to the question of “What do you want to do tonight?” in our house is, seriously, “same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.” Awesome.

  40. I’ve never tried a rice pudding ‘cake’ before but it sounds wonderful.

  41. Lemon and lime, Pea? One doesn’t even have to be smart as Brain to know this is delicious. I’m all for citrus desserts, so make sure my slice is big, ok?

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