Clingy Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding, you have been and will continue to be my favorite dessert. When making a dessert that is sometimes referred to as Sticky Toffee Pudding, a simple trick that can make all the difference is to pour some butterscotch sauce over the warm cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. It renders it extremely moist and imparts a deep, rich color to the whole thing. Plus, there will be additional sauce for serving, of course.

Butterscotch Sauce being poured over Sticky Toffee Pudding on a white plate, ready to be eaten


Who else has fond memories of eating frozen Sticky Date Pudding from Sara Lee when they were kids?

It is the one and only dessert that my mother ever purchased from a store, and she did so only on very special occasions. And despite the fact that I enjoyed it very much, the one thing that I felt could have been improved was the distribution of the butterscotch sauce.

Never fear With this recipe, you won't have to worry about that issue. 😂

I am aware that the majority of the world refers to this dish as Sticky Toffee Pudding; however, it appears that Australia and New Zealand are the only countries to do so. And seeing as how dates are the most important component of the pudding, I would say that we did a good job with this one.

Dates being mashed for Sticky Date Pudding


It's possible that this is the only recipe I have that calls for dates. Even if you're not a fan of dates but still want to try this recipe, you won't be able to detect the flavor of the dates in the finished product, as shown in the photo above, which depicts the date sludge. I am aware of the fact that this may be the case.

In addition to lending the sponge its distinctive hue, the dates are responsible for the product's characteristic stickiness and moisture. Do not ask me for a replacement. (Oh wait, you can Prunes To a large extent, the same thing 😂)


It seems that making a single pudding cake that is then divided into individual servings is more common in Australia. Sara Lee frozen dessert style On the other hand, it seems to be more common practice in the UK to prepare individual puddings.

I could be completely off base here. However, the results will be the same regardless of which method you choose, and I have included the necessary cooking times and directions below.

Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce being poured over

Preparation of individual Sticky Toffee Puddings


If you've ever made one of those cakes that you pour syrup all over, you'll have a good idea of what to expect from this tip.

It goes like this: as soon as the pudding comes out of the oven, poke lots of holes using a skewer (I find this strangely satisfying, but let's not read too much into this), then pour some hot butterscotch sauce over the top of the pudding.

This not only makes the pudding extremely moist, but it also stains the sponge, giving it that distinctive dark brown color. Many recipes for sticky toffee pudding have a pale golden color, but this gives it that distinctive dark brown color instead.

It also means that the pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for a very long time, and when it is reheated, it tastes exactly the same as if it had just come out of the oven.

The only question that remains is whether or not you will accompany yours with cream or ice cream. I'm an ice cream girl through and through. – Nagi x

More warm and comforting desserts for the chilly winter nights.

Warm butterscotch sauce being poured over Sticky Date Pudding topped with ice cream


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Servings 7 - 9 people

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Recipe video above You have been and will continue to be my all-time favorite dessert. Poking holes in the pudding and pouring the hot butterscotch sauce over it so that it seeps in and makes the pudding super moist is one of my favorite parts of the process. And finally, you should serve it with an even greater quantity of sauce.  

  • Prepare the oven by preheating it to either 180 degrees Celsius (standard) or 160 degrees Celsius (fan/convection).
  • Butter seven pudding molds (Note 2), or grease and line a square cake pan measuring 20 centimeters or 8 inches, leaving an overhang on all sides.

Dates that Have Been Chopped Up:

  • Put the dates in a bowl and sprinkle the baking soda on top of them. Pour over water that is already boiling. Ten minutes later, use a potato masher (or a fork) to thoroughly mash the mixture until it resembles sloppy porridge (see the video for a demonstration of the texture and thickness). (Note 3)


  • Put the sugar and butter in the bowl first. Mix thoroughly until evenly distributed and smooth.
  • Add eggs, and continue beating until they are incorporated.
  • First add the flour, then evenly distribute the baking powder over the top. Continue to mix until all of the flour is incorporated.
  • After adding the dates, quickly mix the ingredients together until the dates are evenly distributed throughout the batter. (Note 2) If you want to make just one pudding or several individual ones, follow the directions.

One Piece of Pudding:

  • Pour into the prepared pan, and level the top. Bake for thirty-five minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center emerges clean.
  • Using a skewer while the surface is still hot, make about forty holes spread out across the entire surface. Spread a half a cup of butterscotch sauce on top, and then let it sit for ten minutes.
  • Make your exit with the help of the overhang. Serve warm with the remaining warm sauce, along with ice cream or cream, cut into pieces.

Baking Individual Puddings:

  • When filling the pudding molds, fill them no more than two thirds of the way.
  • Wait 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, before serving.
  • While the pudding is still warm, make about ten small holes all over the top of it. Pour one tablespoon of butterscotch sauce atop each pudding and serve. Leave to soak 10 minutes
  • Flip the pudding molds over and place them on the serving plate. Serve hot with the remaining warm sauce, along with ice cream or cream, if desired.

Butterscotch Sauce:

  • Put everything in a saucepan and cook it over low to medium heat. After the butter has melted, give it a stir, and then lower the heat to a simmer.
  • After two minutes, during which time you should stir the pot once, take it off the heat. Serve warm
1. You can also use prunes in place of the dates, but the preparation will need to be altered as follows: use 1 1/4 cups of boiling water and simmer the prunes in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the baking soda, let cool, and then mash according to the recipe. Continue with the recipe. 2. Molds: The dimensions of my pudding molds are 210 milliliters by 5 centimeters. It doesn't matter what size it is as long as it's filled two thirds of the way; you need some space for the sauce to pool around the edges. It's also possible to use large muffin tins. Pour the sauce over the muffins in standard-sized muffin tins a little at a time, allowing it time to soak in between each addition. This recipe yields 12 standard muffins, which aren't quite as tall as the ones pictured here. 3. Because of this, the pudding has a chocolatey brown color. If you don't thoroughly mash the dates and incorporate them into the batter, the cake will have a light golden hue and streaks of dates throughout it.
4. Some helpful hints: - This recipe most likely produces more sauce than you require, but it's always better to err on the side of caution. The use of an electric beater will make your life simpler, but a whisk or wooden spoon will get the job done just as well without requiring excessive effort from you. Make sure that your butter is adequately softened so that it can be easily mixed by hand. When you make holes in the pudding and pour the sauce over it to soak, not only does this turn the sponge of the pudding a darker color, but it also brings more moisture into the pudding.

- Sticky Date Pudding is rich and extremely sweet due to the dates and sugar that is contained in the sauce. This dessert is not for those who do not have a craving for something sweet. You can use less sauce if you want the dish to be less sweet. Alternately, you can make a sauce that is lighter and less sweet by following these instructions: reduce the amount of sugar, butter, and cream called for in the recipe by half. When it reaches a simmer, pour in 1 cup of low-fat milk followed by 2 teaspoons of cornflour or cornstarch that has been dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water. Simmer so that it can thicken.  

4. Make Ahead: Due to the fact that it is so moist, it reheats exceptionally well. Make holes in the meat, then soak it in sauce, reserving the rest of the sauce for serving. Reheating the pudding in the microwave is recommended because it helps to maintain its moistness. 5. Nutritional information for one serving, assuming there are nine servings total and that all of the sauce is consumed (which may not be the case). Because it would be terrible if we ran out, I always check to make sure there is enough sauce. There are a total of 703 calories in one serving, which is equivalent to seven individual puddings. They are very generous sizes with loads of sauce (because the sauce recipe makes enough for 9 servings for the pudding cake), so when I scale the Sauce down by 20%, it reduces to 606 calories. This is because the sauce recipe makes enough for 9 servings for the pudding cake. 477 calories are contained in one serving of the reduced-calorie sauce (for more information, see the section above titled "Less Sweet Sauce").

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If you look really closely on the right side, you can just make out the tip of my hand as I frantically tried to prevent Dozer from doing a face plant into the Pupcakes...

To be completely serious about it though I baked these Pupcakes for the RSPCA so that I could spread the word about the upcoming RSPCA Cupcake Day, which will take place on August 20, 2018. On this particular day, bakers from all over Australia get together at their places of employment, schools, or homes in order to raise money for a cause that will benefit all of the canines and other animals that aren't as fortunate as Dozer.

Participate in or learn more about this important cause in order to help all of the other dogs who aren't as fortunate as ours. If I decide to set up a cupcake stand on the streets, you shouldn't be too surprised if I make that announcement. 😂

Dozer the golden retriever eyeing off doggy cupcakes - for RSPCA Cupcake Day

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