Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

5 from 2 votes
Sticky toffee pudding is a traditional British dessert that everyone enjoys. Puddings don't get much better than this, with a moist sponge studded with finely chopped dates and drenched in a sticky toffee sauce.
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a British classic recipe made with a moist date sponge soaked in a rich toffee sauce. This recipe is so simple that even beginners can make it at home.

As I have been sharing a lot of British mains, such as chicken pot pie and Lancashire hotpot, I thought it was about time I shared a British dessert.

The sticky toffee pudding has British origins. It is a light sponge filled with flavour and topped with a delectable toffee sauce with two main components.

The first component is the light, fluffy sponge with finely chopped dates. Some people don’t like to add dates, but some do. You can omit them if you don’t want to add them.

The second part is the sticky toffee sauce is made from double cream and brown sugar. This is poured on top of the sponge.

Sticky toffee pudding is typically served warm with custard or vanilla ice cream. These two enhance the rich flavour of the dessert, creating the ideal pairing.

This recipe can be made with either dried or fresh dates. I like to use fresh date because they help to keep the sponge moist.

Make sure the butter is softened before making the sponge. Softened butter is butter that has a solid shape but leaves an indentation when pressed with the finger. It is better for creating that light and fluffy texture in the sponge.

Allow the date mixture to cool slightly before you add it. This is because if it gets too hot, the date mixture will melt the butter, ruining the texture of the cake.

Prick the top of the sponge with a fork after it has been removed from the oven. This allows the toffee syrup to be absorbed into the sponge.

Let the sponge soak for about 5-10 minutes after pouring over half of the toffee sauce. Pour the remaining toffee sauce on top when serving.

This sticky toffee pudding is made entirely from scratch and is sticky, gooey, and moist with a luxurious toffee flavour.

This sponge is best when served warm. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as the ultimate British dessert. A completely irresistible treat.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

by Nabeela Kauser
Sticky toffee pudding is a traditional British dessert that everyone enjoys. Puddings don’t get much better than this, with a moist sponge studded with finely chopped dates and drenched in a sticky toffee sauce.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine British, Western
Servings 8
Calories 581 kcal


For the toffee sauce:


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  • Grease a 20cm square baking dish with butter.
  • Put the chopped dates into a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Stir in the baking soda and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Fold in the flour and vanilla extract, then add the date mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • While the pudding is baking, make the toffee sauce. Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Pour in the double cream and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Once the pudding is cooked, remove it from the oven and prick it all over with a fork.
  • Pour half of the toffee sauce over the pudding and let it soak in for a few minutes.
  • Serve the pudding warm, drizzled with the remaining toffee sauce and a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 581kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 6gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 178mgPotassium: 270mgFiber: 2gSugar: 60gVitamin A: 972IUVitamin C: 0.2mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Baked, Baking, Comfort Food, Dessert, Food, Recipe
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