A water bath is needed for baking these pudding cakes. The water helps regulate the temperature and cooks the cakes evenly.
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F on Bake Mode with a rack set on position 3.
2. Spray eight 1 cup custard cups with pan spray and dust with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 11 ⁄3 cups sugar, egg yolks, buttermilk, lemon juice and zest.
4. Sift together the flour and kosher salt and whisk into the buttermilk and egg mixture.
5. Whip the egg whites to soft peaks and combine the two mixtures by gently folding the egg whites in.
6. Divide the batter evenly between the custard cups.
7. Place ramekins into two 9x13 pans and fill with hot water halfway up the side of the ramekins.
8. Place the pans side by side into the oven and bake in a hot water bath for about 35–40 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden brown and the cake tops spring back when gently pressed.
9. Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the water.
10. Allow the ramekins to cool, then wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
11. To unmold the cake, run a butter knife gently around the edges of the cakes.
12. Place a plate over the ramekin, turn upside down and gently shake to release the cake.
13. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries.