Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s not often that I get to sample a brand new dish that I’ve never heard of before. That’s exactly what happened at my sister in laws wedding in London last year. Dessert was off the charts. It was…sticky toffee pudding! As an American Jewish girl I never had it before, and I was amazed. I’m a steak and fries kind of girl, but this has me head over heels and I knew I had to create my own easy sticky toffee pudding recipe ASAP.

What IS sticky toffee pudding?

It’s a dense sponge cake that’s sweetened with dates, served with a toffee sauce, and often vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

How to make it

Start off by soaking pitted dates in hot water for 5 minutes. This will hydrate them so they blend smoothly. While they soak, cream together the margarine and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

When 5 minutes are up, blend the dates AND the water in a food processor until you have a smooth puree.

Next, add the eggs, vanilla, and date puree to the creamed margarine and sugar. Slowly pour in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Spray a muffin tin or oven safe ramekins with cooking spray.

Bake on 350 F for 18-20 minutes.

How to serve

  • Turn the warmed cupcakes upside down.
  • Place a scoop of ice cream on top.
  • Drizzle over caramel sauce.

Heating and storage instructions

This dessert is best served with a warmed cake and a warmed sauce. Heat the cakes up on 200 F for about 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Warm sauce up in a pot over medium-low heat.

REFRIGERATOR: You can store the cakes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

FREEZER: To freeze, wrap each cake in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Easy sticky toffee pudding

A delicious sponge cake sweetened with dates, topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and a warm caramel drizzle.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 18 muffins


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For Serving:

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream per muffin
  • 1/2-3/4 bottle store bought caramel sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place the pitted dates in a bowl and cover them with the boiling water. Set aside to soak for 5 minutes.
  • While the dates are soaking, beat together the margarine and sugar in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Puree the dates with the water then add it to the mixer.
  • Slowly add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix well.
  • Grease 2 muffin tins (or work in batches), or ramekins with cooking spray. Fill up the cups 3/4 of the way.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Use the tip of a butter knife to ease the muffins out of the tin.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce.

I hope you enjoy this easy sticky toffee pudding recipe! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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Until next time,


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