Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

IMG_7016Even though today felt like spring, I know that winter is not yet half over… warm rich desserts still work this time of year. We may get a snowfall yet, but my cup is half full knowing that spring is almost here, or at least just around the corner. But, while the calendar still says winter, make a yummy mid-winter treat for your guests or family.

For a wedding between a British guy and an Indian girl last year, his request was to finish the meal with Sticky Toffee Pudding. We made a couple of changes to the traditional pudding after reading about the use of coffee for steeping the dates in BBC’s Good Food, and garnished it with gold leaf, bringing a little Bollywood to the dish (as remarked by a chef in the wedding party). For that event we topped it with a bit of whipped cream, but as shown here, a scoop of vanilla ice cream works beautifully as well.

One 9 x 13 cake ~ serves 12


1⅓ c chopped dates

1 c hot coffee (I use instant espresso when cooking)

1 t baking soda

3 oz butter (6T, 85 gr) at room temperature

¾ c brown sugar (5 oz /140 gr)

1½ c flour

1 t baking powder

½ t salt

2 large eggs at room temperature


½ c butter

1 lightly packed cup of brown sugar (about 190 gr / 6¾ oz)

¾ c cream

2 T Bourbon


About ½ hour before making the cake, pour the hot coffee over the chopped dates and baking soda in a medium bowl.IMG_6938


IMG_6945Preheat the oven to 325°

Lightly grease a 9” x 13” baking dish or pan (sides should be at least 2” deep).

Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and uniform, about 3 minutes.

Beat in the eggs, until completely incorporated.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated.

Add in all of the date & coffee mixture, stirring well until uniform.IMG_6954

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.IMG_6955

Bake for 30 minutes in the center of the oven.

The cake should spring back when gently touched with your finger.

While the cake is cooking, prepare the sauce.

Mix the butter, brown sugar and cream in a medium saucepan.IMG_6958

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.IMG_6961

IMG_6964Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, and continue boiling, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. This takes about 4-5 minutes. The sauce will darken somewhat. Stir in the Bourbon.IMG_6960IMG_6966


Once the cake is out of the oven, poke holes all over the top, about an inch apart, with a thick skewer.IMG_6969IMG_6970

Pour half of the sauce over the cake, and let it soak in.IMG_6971



The cake can come out of the oven up to 2 hours before serving, and it will still be nicely warm to serve.

Cut into squares, plate, top with a dollop of cream or a spoonful of ice cream, and drizzle with the sauce. It is shown here sprinkled with gold leaf, which never fails to impress ~ and it’s fun!IMG_7017

Do ahead: Make the cake up to 30 hours ahead, still topping with the sauce. Once cool, store covered until shortly before serving. To serve: put in a 300° oven for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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3 Comments Add yours

    1. Tastes as good as it looks ~ enjoy!

  1. alifemoment says:

    Really nice pudding 😊😊😊

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