Sticky Toffee Pudding
A famous English dessert with a moist sponge cake covered in a homemade caramel toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Oh how I love the English tradition of eating sticky toffee pudding on Christmas. I tried it years ago and have been hooked ever since. We do a traditional Danish tradition of eating HOMEMADE RICE PUDDING RECIPE (my brother lived in Denmark for two years and passed on the tradition) on Christmas Eve and this Sticky Toffee Pudding (my other brother lived in London for several years and passed on their tradition) on Christmas Day. I love implementing traditions from other countries.
This Sticky Toffee Pudding is so addicting. The cake is so moist, it just melts in your mouth! Oh and the rich, decadent, buttery caramel sauce is absolutely heavenly. Everything is made from scratch and it makes all of the difference. There's a reason it is called sticky pudding!
What ingredients are in Sticky Toffee Pudding?
It all starts with butter, brown sugar, vanilla, egg, dates (the star ingredient), flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. The reason it is so perfectly moist and sticky is that the dates are soaked in hot water until completely softened. Dates have a sweet, butterscotch-like flavor and create a beautiful textured cake.
This could be called a date cake or date pudding but whatever you call it...it is seriously amazing! My kids didn't believe me when I told them there were actually dates in the cake.
A homemade caramel toffee sauce is an absolute must! The handcrafted caramel sauce is made with heavy cream, sweet cream butter, light Karo syrup, and sugar. It is generously poured all of the sticky toffee pudding. The more caramel sauce the merrier! I love to pair it with a large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream but you can also top it with handcrafted whipped cream as well.
How to make the BEST Sticky Toffee Pudding:
- Start by soaking pitted dates in water and heating until the water is almost completely soaked up. I like to use Medjool dates. Once the dates are softened, use a food processor or blender to puree.
- Make the homemade caramel by scratch using heavy cream, butter, Karo syrup, and sugar.
- Make the toffee date cake by mixing together butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pureed dates.
- Pour into 4-6 ramekins, depending on how deep the ramekins are. Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Top with vanilla bean ice cream or homemade whipped cream and a generous helping of the handcrafted caramel.
Hi- I had this dessert a long time ago and was hoping I could find a recipe to duplicate. This recipe did that. I doubled the recipe and baked in a 9x 13 pan and also added a cup of chopped walnuts to recipe. I poked holes in the cake when it came out of the oven and poured some of the homemade carmel sauce over the hot cake so it would absorb in the cake and get even moisture. Thanks so much for this recipe, it is a homerun.
To me Christmas isn't Christmas without sticky toffee pudding. I have always made this, and not just only for Christmas either.
I also think a Red Velvet Cake is a must too. My one Gramma lived in the deep south and she always made one, and we loved it so much.
Hi Donna! I love that you appreciate sticky toffee pudding. It is such a quintessential Christmas dessert. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!
Love the rich caramel flavor. I always eat this on Christmas with my family. Everyone loves it!!
Can you freeze the extra caramel sauce? How long do you think it would be good for?
Do you think we could make this, put it in the ramekins, and then leave in the fridge for a few hours before baking?
Is the butter supposed to be room temp, softened or melted?
This was the best dessert I’ve ever had ????