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Sticky Toffee Pudding

We really enjoyed this dessert while traveling in Great Britain so duplicating it for special meals here on the other side of the Pond was a fun adventure for me. It's a warm dense cake with a caramelized sauce. There are many versions of Sticky Toffee Pudding and this is one that has been successful and good. Don't let the pudding confuse you. It's not like our creamy soft pudding. This "pudding" is cake like.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 8 ounces dates (pitted and chopped into pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 - 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream

You will need extra whipping cream to top off the cake with when ready to serve.


For the pudding:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time and incorporate completely.
  3. Fold in flour.
  4. Put the chopped dates in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour the boiling water over the dates and add the soda to this mixture.
  6. Give the water time to be absorbed into the dates.
  7. When water is mostly absorbed add the flour mixture and blend well.
  8. Pour the mixture into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. Time may vary slightly depending on your oven.


  1. Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. When cake comes out of the oven poke the top of the cake evenly with many holes. 
  3. Pour half of the sauce over the top of the cake evenly. 
  4. Allow Sauce to soak into cake.
  5. When ready to serve cut cake into squares and place the squares on your dessert plates. 
  6. Top with remaining sauce that is hot onto the warm cake. 
  7. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream.



  1. Oh yum, Ellen! I want a bite right now! I've never had it, but I know I would like it!

  2. Looks so good; will have to try this for a very special family gathering in the near future.

  3. My mom is British, so I will have to try this! The British refer to dessert in general as 'puddin'.

  4. Any warm dessert with sauce sounds good to me. This looks delicious

  5. That's a big favourite here on Prince Edward Island!

  6. Oh Ellen that reminds me so much of a "pudding" that my mom always made - you've got my mouth watering!!!

  7. Oh my, this looks so good! YUM! I need to make this the next time our good friends come over!

  8. Looks delicious! How would you modify the recipe if you wanted to omit the dates? I'm not a fan of raisins and think I would enjoy the pudding more without dates :).

    1. I make a similar recipe using cranberries so maybe you could substitute cranberries.

  9. Is this what the Christmas carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" sings about? Oh, I think they sing "now bring me some figgy pudding" but you could change it to "now bring me some sticky pudding"! LOL! Thank you for the recipe! I think I'll make this for Christmas dessert.

  10. This might be a silly question but do you mean regular white sugar or icing sugar thinking of trying this dessert. Thanks

    1. Not regular granulated white sugar but powdered sugar/icing sugar...

  11. Best part of pub fare if you ask me Get my fix whenever I'm over there. Love your photos of UK Angharad


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