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Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding – you’re my favorite and all the time will probably be. Also referred to as Sticky Toffee Pudding, the easy trick that makes all of the distinction is to pour some Butterscotch Sauce over the nice and cozy cake when it comes out of the oven. It makes it extremely moist and offers it that intense darkish color. Plus, extra sauce to serve, in fact!

Butterscotch Sauce being poured over Sticky Toffee Pudding on a white plate, ready to be eaten

Who else has childhood recollections of Sara Lee frozen Sticky Date Pudding??

It’s the solely retailer purchased dessert my mom ever purchased – and solely on particular events. And as a lot as I liked it, my one gripe was all the time that there was not sufficient Butterscotch Sauce to go round.

By no means worry. You gained’t have that downside with this recipe! 😂

I do know this recipe is known as Sticky Toffee Pudding by a lot of the world – apart from Australia and New Zealand it appears. And on condition that dates are the important thing ingredient within the pudding, I’d say we’ve acquired it proper for this one!!

Dates being mashed for Sticky Date Pudding


I’m fairly certain that is the one recipe I take advantage of dates for. And I realise that the photograph above of the date sludge could look totally unappetising to some individuals, however relaxation assured even in the event you’re a date hater which you could’t style it ultimately consequence.

The dates contribute to the stickiness and moistness of the sponge, in addition to giving it color. Don’t ask me for a sub! (Oh wait, you may. Prunes. Just about the identical factor! 😂)


I believe it’s extra widespread right here in Australia to make one pudding cake that’s then reduce to serve. Sara Lee frozen dessert fashion. Whereas within the UK it appears extra widespread to make particular person puddings.

I is likely to be fallacious right here. However both means will work advantageous, and I’ve offered cook dinner occasions and instructions for each.

Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce being poured over

Preparation of individual Sticky Toffee Puddings


For those who’ve ever made a kind of truffles that you simply douse with syrup, you’ll know precisely what you’re in for with this trick!

It goes like this – as quickly because the pudding comes out of the oven, poke plenty of holes utilizing a skewer (I discover this surprisingly satisfying however let’s not learn an excessive amount of into this), then pour over some sizzling butterscotch sauce.

This makes the pudding intensely moist in addition to staining the sponge to offer it that signature darkish brown color, quite than being a pale golden color which many sticky toffee pudding recipes are.

It additionally means this pudding retains for days and days within the fridge and as soon as reheated, it’s similar to it’s recent out of the oven.

The one query is – will you serve yours with cream or ice cream? I’m an ice cream gal, all the best way!! – Nagi x

Warm butterscotch sauce being poured over Sticky Date Pudding topped with ice cream


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Sticky Date Pudding

You’re my favorite pudding – and all the time will probably be…. My favorite half is poking holes within the pudding and pouring over the recent butterscotch sauce so it soaks in, making it so extremely moist… After which in fact serving it with much more sauce! Recipe video beneath.

  • 280g / 9oz pitted dates (, roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp baking soda / bi carb soda
  • 1 cup / 250 ml boiling water
  • 40 g / 1/four cup brown sugar (, loosely packed)
  • 80 g / 6 tbsp unsalted butter (, softened)
  • 2 eggs (, at room temperature)
  • 1 1/four cups / 185 g plain flour ((all objective))
  • 1 half tsp baking powder

Butterscotch Sauce:

  • 200 g/ 1 1/four cups brown sugar (, loosely packed)
  • 325 ml ml / 1 half cups thickened cream ((heavy cream))
  • half tsp vanilla extract
  • 70 g / 5 tbsp unsalted butter


  • Ice cream or dolloping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F (normal) or 160C/320F (fan/convection).
  2. Grease 7 pudding moulds (Notice 1) with butter or grease and line a 20 cm / eight″ sq. cake pan with overhang.

Mashed Dates:

  1. Place dates in a bowl, sprinkle over baking soda. Pour over boiling water. Stand 10 minutes, then mash effectively with a potato masher (or fork) till it resembles sloppy porridge (see video for texture / thickness). (Notice 2)


  1. Place butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat till mixed and easy.
  2. Add eggs, beat till included.
  3. Add flour then sprinkle baking powder throughout the floor. Combine till flour is included.
  4. Add dates, combine rapidly till dates are effectively included into the batter. (Notice 2) Observe instructions to make one pudding or particular person ones.

One Pudding:

  1. Pour into cake pan, easy floor. Bake 35 minutes or till skewer inserted into the centre comes out clear.
  2. Whereas nonetheless sizzling, poke about 40 holes everywhere in the floor utilizing a skewer. Pour over half cup Butterscotch Sauce, depart to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Use overhang to elevate cake out. Reduce, serve heat with remaining heat sauce and ice cream or cream.

Baking Particular person Puddings:

  1. Pour batter into pudding moulds, solely fill 2/three of the best way up.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes, or till skewer inserted into the centre comes out clear.
  3. Whereas nonetheless sizzling, poke about 10 holes on the floor of the pudding. Spoon over 1 tbsp of Butterscotch Sauce per Pudding. Depart to soak 10 minutes.
  4. Flip pudding moulds the wrong way up on serving plate. Serve heat with remaining heat sauce and ice cream or cream.

Butterscotch Sauce:

  1. Place elements in a saucepan over medium warmth. As soon as butter is melted, stir, then deliver to simmer.
  2. Simmer for two minutes, stirring as soon as, then take away from warmth. Serve heat.

1. My pudding moulds are 210ml 5 x eight cm. Any measurement is okay, simply fill 2/three of the best way up – want a little bit of room for the sauce to pool across the edges. Massive muffin tins can even work. If utilizing normal muffin tins, simply pour the sauce over a bit at a time, giving it time to soak in. Makes 12 normal muffins – they aren’t as tall as pictured.

2. This provides the pudding its darkish brown color. Until you mash effectively and blend effectively into the batter, the cake finally ends up a pale golden color with splotches of dates.

three. Normal notes:
– This recipe makes a pudding with it’s signature darkish brown colored sponge that’s extremely moist and loads of sauce. Perhaps extra sauce than you want
– nevertheless it’s higher to err on the aspect of warning!
– An electrical beater will make your life simpler however a whisk will work advantageous too with out exerting your self an excessive amount of. Simply make sure that your butter is effectively softened and straightforward to combine by hand.
– Poking holes into the pudding and pouring the sauce over to soak stains the pudding sponge a darker color in addition to including extra moisture into the pudding.



For those who look actual shut on the fitting aspect, you’ll see the tiniest glimpse of my hand as I desperately tried to carry Dozer again from doing a face plant into the Pupcakes…..

In all seriousness although! I made these Pupcakes for the RSPCA, to let individuals know concerning the RSPCA Cupcake Day which is on 20 August 2018. It’s a day when bakers from all throughout Australia collect at their office, faculty or residence to boost funds to assist all of the pooches and different animals who aren’t as lucky as Dozer.

Take part or discover out extra about this worthy trigger, for all of the pooches who aren’t as fortunate as ours. Don’t be stunned if I announce that I’m organising a cupcake stand on the streets! 😂

Dozer the golden retriever eyeing off doggy cupcakes - for RSPCA Cupcake Day

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