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Megans Cookin: Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Monday, October 12, 2009

Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

 I first heard of Sticky Toffee Pudding when it was the winning flavor of a Haagen Dazs ice cream contest back in 2006. I had to give the winner a try, and I fell in love with it immediately. Since then, I have bought Sticky Toffee Sauce and Sticky Toffee Cheese, but now was the time to try the real thing!

sticky toffee pudding


mondays This weeks Martha Monday project was picked by Lorraine of Sweet Lorraine Bake Shop.

She choose Martha Stewart’s Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding!

sticky toffee pudding

In classic English style, a cake that is soaked with a rich buttery sauce is often called a pudding.  This easy recipe is  a sponge cake that is made with finely chopped dates. After baking, you poke holes all over and pour a warm sticky ooey gooey toffee sauce all over the warm cake. Then the cake soaks up the rich buttery sauce.  It’s bliss!

sticky toffee pudding

It also makes plenty of sauce so you’ll have more to pour on top. It’s also great on ice cream!

sticky toffee pudding

This Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding was everything I wanted it to be. And more!

sticky toffee pudding

Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

By Martha Stewart

(Printable Recipe)


Serves 10

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 8 ounces pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine dates and 1/2 cup boiling water; set aside to soften, at least 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt to combine; set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add date mixture, flour mixture, and vanilla; mix just until moistened.
  4. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare toffee sauce.
  5. Remove cake from oven; cool in pan 5 minutes. To ensure it will come out easily later, carefully invert hot cake then return it, right side up, to pan. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over cake. Pour about 1 cup warm sauce over cake; let absorb at least 20 minutes.

Toffee Sauce


  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, heavy cream, light-brown sugar, and salt. Heat over low, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Simmer mixture over medium heat until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, 8 to 12 minutes. If desired, reheat sauce over low before serving.

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Blogger the ungourmet said...

Oh my golly! I love dates! I bet this is just awesome! :D

October 12, 2009 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Coleen's Recipes said...

HELP!!!!!! This cake/pudding is calling my!!!

October 13, 2009 at 12:26 AM  
Anonymous MaryMoh said...

that's my best...yummm....sticky, sweet, moist. A great occasional indulgence.

October 13, 2009 at 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Ha I remember that Hagen Dasz contest! Your sticky toffee pudding looks sinfully rich and delicious!

October 13, 2009 at 1:16 AM  
Anonymous Amber said...

I remember that Hagen-Daaz contest! I was in culinary school at the time and I thought about entering it. I can't remember what the 3 top flavors were now... wish I could! Anyway, stick toffee pudding is always a winner!

We just posted a great article on dates on our site if you or any of your readers are interested in reading more about them.


October 13, 2009 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger April said...

This looks so good! The caramel sauce look to die for!!

October 13, 2009 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What cake wouldn't be better with that delicious sauce over it!

October 13, 2009 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

mm the dates in this sound delicious!

October 13, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a lovely recipe! I found the toffee sauce especially interesting. I'll bet this was an amazing dessert.

October 13, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger A Feast for the Eyes said...

I have eaten this type of pudding twice and absolutely loved it. Thanks for making it do-able for me to make. This is bookmarked...hiding my bathroom scale now!

October 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

This looks amazing! To die for delicious!

October 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Holy WOW! This looks EXQUISITE! Talk about elegance and decadence. This is a total winner!!!!

October 13, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That was the first time I heard of it too. And I fell in love with it. This looks absolutely divine!

October 13, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Wow, I never realized it was a cake and not really pudding! Looks sinful.

October 13, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

Look at this heavenly deliciousness! I'm totally in love with this pudding cake, yum!

October 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I made that once several years ago (I think it was Gale Gand's recipe) and I swore I'd never make it again - it's too good!

October 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger high low said...

This looks sinfully delicious! Beautiful pics too!

October 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

This sure does look sticky... and delicious! The recipe looks fantastic.

October 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

It looks like bliss to me...sticky, ooey bliss :)

October 15, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Oh yes, a pure plate of bliss is so damn right, delicious, what a sinful treat!

October 16, 2009 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Wow that looks gorgeous! It's like a beautiful, sticky, gooey creation! Yum!

October 16, 2009 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

MMMmmmmmmm it sure looks good...even with the dates ;-)

October 17, 2009 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

That looks so good drenched in toffee sauce!

October 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Christie said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I'm definitely going to make it!

October 17, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

That seriously has to be the very best pudding! Everytime I see it I think the same thing... I need to remember to add dates to my grocery list!

October 17, 2009 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I am so impressed. I would love to give this a try.

October 18, 2009 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Veritas said...

This looks delicious.

I remember that contest... whoever was trying to remember the top three, it was Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cannoli, and Toasted Coconut Sesame something, I think.

Funny how I forget things I learned in my classes yesterday, but can remember every food documentary I've ever seen...

November 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Veritas said...

This looks delicious.

I remember that contest... whoever was trying to remember the top three, it was Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cannoli, and Toasted Coconut Sesame something, I think.

Funny how I forget things I learned in my classes yesterday, but can remember every food documentary I've ever seen...

November 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

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