30 by 30: Sticky Toffee Pudding

April 25, 2011 · 11 comments

in 30 by 30,desserts/sweets


Oh, sticky toffee pudding, how I love thee.  I remember when I ordered it for the first time many moons ago, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m not really big into puddings for dessert, but I love anything with toffee. Really, the dessert could have been anything, so long as it had the word “toffee” in it, I’d order it. Well, as  you can see (and you probably know) sticky toffee pudding is not really a pudding at all.  It’s a very moist sponge cake, made with chopped dates, and covered in toffee/caramel sauce. A little sauce is added while it’s baking and then a whole lot (if you’re me) is added when it’s done baking.

I’ve loved this dessert ever since the first time I tried it. It may seem weird to love a cake with chopped dates so much, but leave any hesitations you have about that aside and make this. I promise you’ll love it.

I decided to make 1/4 of the recipe and bake it in 2 mini (4.5″ springform pans).  One cake was the perfect size to split with my husband (and if you know my husband at all, you may be wondering how in the world I got him to split a dessert since he absolutely refuses to do so on a normal basis. I don’t know the answer to that question). This did make a LOT of caramel sauce and I’m positive you could reduce the recipe for that. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having leftover caramel sauce to eat with your ice cream; in your hot chocolate; or in a moment of desperation, and when you have nothing else in your house, with pecans mixed in and by the spoonful. (Not that I know anything about that.)


Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Bon Appétit

For the caramel sauce:
4 cups heavy cream
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

For the cake:
2.5 cups AP flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1.5 cups water
1.25 cups chopped pitted dates
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract

To  make the sauce:
Bring cream, brown sugar and butter to boil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer sauce until reduced to 3.5 cups, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Set aside.

To make the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 12-cup Bundt pan (or other pan/s). Whisk flour and baking powder in medium bowl to blend.  In a medium-sized heavy saucepan, combine the water, dates and baking soda; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time and then mix in vanilla.  Add half of flour mixture, then date mixture. Blend in remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake until cake rises and is golden on top, about 45 minutes. Pour 3/4 cup caramel sauce over cake; continue baking until tester inserted near center of cake comes out with no crumbs (only caramel sauce) attached, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto platter.

Cut cake into slices; drizzle caramel sauce over each slice.

Cake can be prepared 1 day ahead.  Cool it completely and then wrap cake airtight and store at room temperature. Cover remaining caramel sauce and refrigerate. Rewarm sauce over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, before using.


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Laura April 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Have you ever been to Schlafly’s in St. Louis? They have the best ever sticky toffee pudding. Seeing this post made me want to jump in my car and go get some. yum


elly April 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I’ve actually never been to St. Louis, period. If I ever make my way there, I’ll be sure to check out Schlafly’s :)


Bishcake April 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I love sticky toffee pudding – its such good comfort thing.

You need to try it in the winter with some lovely home made custard – I am not sure if that’s just a British thing but it will warm you up good on a cold November night.


Krystal R. April 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I would have the hardest time dividing this recipe in half, you had me at toffee!! I can’t wait to try this recipe out!


bellini April 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

This reminds me of the holidays but I would definietly love sticky toffee piudding ant time!!!!!


Banana Wonder April 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I don’t like caramel or sticky things but I love sticky toffee pudding as well. Damn, I bet homemade style is where its at!


Joanne April 26, 2011 at 5:31 am

I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit confused as to why this is called a pudding. But the name also completely endears me to it because I love any and all puddings. And dates get a bad rep, but they’re really SO DELICIOUS. Loving this!


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

This looks incredibly rich and delicious, Elly! My kind of dessert on days I don’t care about how my butt looks, for sure, ha! Thanks for sharing.


Ivy May 9, 2011 at 3:28 am

Yummyyyy, this looks scrumptious!!!


Elise January 6, 2012 at 12:50 am

My sister made a sticky toffee pudding for Christmas dessert! It was quite great. It doesn’t sound like the traditional decadent holiday dessert, but there was something about it that seemed rustic and reminiscent of old holidays. Quite a good choice, I highly recommend this! She did make about a 8×8 pan of it though.


elly January 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

Mmm, what a great Christmas dessert!


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