Baking · Cakes

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding is a classic British dessert consisting of date sponge served with a sweet toffee sauce. Pudding doesn’t get much better than this! 


I posted this recipe a while back when I had first started writing my blog. They’re one of my favourite desserts so I wanted to update and share the blog post once again because I love it so much! Sticky toffee pudding is a dessert you will make time and time again. I had previously baked these in celebration of Great British Pudding Week, my sister, Becky, took a look through my blog and requested I made these again over the weekend for a family dinner.

These gorgeous cakes are warm, sweet, sticky and drizzled with lots of homemade toffee sauce. Sticky toffee pudding is one of my most treasured childhood desserts. It’s got to that time of year where I think these kinds of comforting desserts should be eaten and enjoyed, especially desserts that come with lashings of warm homemade toffee sauce… 😉

Sticky toffee pudding is the epitome of food comfort on a cold afternoon or evening. The cake itself has to be eaten warm for you to experience its full glory and don’t skimp on the toffee sauce!


Date Sponge Cake:

175g pitted dates, finely chopped

300ml (1/2 pint) boiling water

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

50g softened butter, plus extra for greasing

175g caster or granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large free-range eggs

210g self-raising flour, sifted

Toffee Sauce:

250g unsalted butter

300g soft brown sugar

400ml double cream


(Makes 8)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease the sides of 8 x 200ml pudding basins or ramekins and line each the base with a small circle of parchment paper. Place on a large baking tray and set aside.

2. Place the dates along with the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda into a small mixing bowl and put to one side. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar with the vanilla until light and fluffy.

3. Add the eggs one by one and beat until combined. Now sift in the flour and gently fold into the mix. Finally stir through the date mixture until it’s completely incorporated.

4. Divide the mixture between the pudding moulds, making sure you only fill then 2/3 of the way full. Then place back on the tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out completely clean.

5. Whilst the puddings are cooking, this is a good time to make the sauce. Put the butter and sugar into a pan and melt, bring up to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes making sure you stir from time to time. Add the cream and stir through.

6. When the puddings are cooked, remove gently from the pudding moulds using a small palette knife or butter knife – remember to remove to the circle of parchment paper from the bottom. To serve, pour the sauce over each pudding and serve with pouring or whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some chopped walnuts or toasted pecans.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can bake the puddings in advance, just like I did. Follow through to the end of step 4, then remove the cakes from the moulds, then allow to cool and once cooled completely wrap in clingfilm (plastic wrap) or store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days – warm up either in the microwave or oven. They can also be frozen once baked for up to a month. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then bake for about 5-10 minutes until warmed through.

Recipe from Food Network UK

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I like to use any leftover toffee sauce to dip into churros, top pancakes or drizzle over ice cream!

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Baking · Cakes · Cupcakes

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcakes {The Great Denby Cake-Off}

I’ve always LOVED sticky toffee pudding, but I wanted to give this classic recipe a twist. So I decided to make a cupcake, perfect for a afternoon tea. This recipe is everything quintessentially British, it’s sweet, sticky and scrumptious. If you’ve never tried it before, then you’re seriously missing out!

This recipe came about because last weekend I received a lovely email from Denby regarding a competition called the ‘Cake-Off‘. If you didn’t know already, Denby is an English pottery company, they create the most beautiful and mesmerising bowls, plates and different crockery that is high-quality and simply stunning. The Cake Off is to celebrate the current series of the GBBO (Great British Bake Off), which is airing in the UK at the moment. So when I read the email, asking me to take part, I jumped at the chance! So here is my bake, which I hope you will all love!

sticky toffee cupcakes

cupcakes denby

These cupcakes are fun, sweet and look super cute! They’re are just as good as the classic and are perfectly moist, molasses-y, sweet and melt in the mouth good. I’ve also created a toffee buttercream, which again is totally addictive, I could easily eat it by the spoonful…

The recipe would be perfect for any afternoon tea spread, I love to decorate with fudge cubes and even more sauce! The sauce compliments the sponge and adds a little bit extra indulgence!

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denby cake off recipe

Ingredients- (Makes 12 Cupcakes)

150g of pitted dates

70g of unsalted butter, softened

150g of light brown sugar

2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature

1/2 tsp of vanilla bean paste or 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

150g of self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

Toffee Sauce- 

115g of unsalted butter, cubed

115g of light brown sugar

140ml of double cream

Toffee Buttercream-

100g of unsalted butter, soft

150g of icing sugar, sifted

4-5 tbsp of homemade toffee sauce or readymade dulce de leche (caramel)


1. To make the cupcakes: Soak the dates in 150ml of boiling water for 20 minutes. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together for 5 minutes, until really light and fluffy. Then add the eggs, one by one and mix on a low speed until just combined. Then add the flour and mix until there no are lumps of flour left and the cake mixture is smooth. Break up the dates in the water and add all the date liquid/mixture to the batter.

2. Scoop evenly into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees C Fan until nice and golden and make sure a cake tester comes out completely clean. Once cooked, cool in the tin for a few minutes, then carefully remove and cool fully on wire rack.

3. For the toffee sauce: Make the toffee sauce by placing the butter, sugar and cream in a saucepan, heat gently and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Then carefully pour into a bowl and place into the fridge until needed (chill for at least an hour before making the buttercream.)

4. For the buttercream: In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the icing sugar with the softened butter for 5 minutes or until really pale and fluffy. Then on a low speed add your desired amount of toffee sauce- don’t add too much as you don’t want the icing to be too runny. Fill a piping bag fitted with your favourite nozzle (I used a small open star-tip) and pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes.

Finish with chopped walnuts or fudge pieces and make sure you serve each cupcake with extra sauce!

cake off recipe

Have a great weekend everyone!