Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert, made from dates that are baked into a soft sponge cake, then covered in a river of toffee.

There's something you don't realize until you are well into your adult years - you look around and see that the friends you know all have children, are moving far away or just evolving in a direction that is not as connected to you any more. Sure you can catch up from time to time, hang out on occasion and meet up for meals, but its not like when you were younger where you played with the same group of friends every day.

It's also harder to meet people, between work and life where do you meet new friends if you are not all playing in the same sandbox? Lucky for Handsome and I we meet new people from time to time that are rad enough to keep around as friends.

Last summer we had the fortune of meeting a couple about our age, and doing what people our age like to do, drink. Ok, sometime's we ate too and one of the desserts they introduced us to was from her native country of England, sticky toffee pudding.

Oh my god. This sticky toffee pudding may not look like much, but throw aside that fancy piping tip and serve these on Valentine's day.

Whatever you end goal is, you're sure to get it. 😉

Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert, made from dates that are baked into a soft sponge cake, then covered in a river of toffee.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Author: Kita


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teas baking powder
  • ¾ cup pitted dates
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • 1 teas baking soda
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter - softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg - lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream - whipped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter each of a 6 mini bunt pa.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  • Chop the dates fine, place in a small bowl and add the boiling water and baking soda; set aside.
  • In a bowl of electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until blended. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the date mixture to the batter and fold until blended with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake until pudding is set and firm on top, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven to a wire rack. Cool is pan for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool more.
  • Meanwhile, make the toffee sauce: Combine the butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a small heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium low heat, stirring often until mixture has thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Serve the pudding’s warm with heaping tablespoons of the toffee sauce over top.

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Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert, made from dates that are baked into a soft sponge cake, then covered in a river of toffee.
So, what are you'r plans for Valentine's day? Are you making a smexy dinner and dessert? Are you enjoying and evening out? Or are you going to be like me and work late, then enjoy a bowl of cereal in your PJ's? After I get back from Dallas, I have meetings and work, Handsome has school, Valentine's Day may be celebrated sometime in March... >.>
Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert, made from dates that are baked into a soft sponge cake, then covered in a river of toffee.


  1. Belinda @zomppa says:

    It does get harder to find time to see everyone...sticky toffee is a great reason to come together.

  2. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says:

    Sticky toffee pudding is one of my absolute favourites! That last picture with the sauce oozing... oh my. 😀

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Yay for new friends! I've never had this dessert. That's gotta change! And these pictures are amazing, girl!! They make me hungry!! Safe travels 🙂

  4. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Hubby proposed to me on Valentine's Day. That pretty much covered him for the rest of his life. 🙂 We'll have a nice dinner at home, including Dudette in the celebration and make it a family love fest instead of just a couples' thing. Once she's in bed, we might pull the couch pillows to the floor, put on a Pink Floyd concert, open a bottle of wine and enjoy some good music and good company. Low key stuff like that.

    I love sticky toffee pudding. Love it. Yours looks amazing.

  5. I tried Ben and Jerry's Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream years ago and loved it. Can't wait to try this recipe. Valentines day is usually crazy here, 3 kids, a birthday for my oldest a few days after. So we try to make a nice dinner for everyone at home, and I always give the kids a little something. If we are lucky eveyone will go to bed on time and maybe DH and I will have a few minutes alone!

  6. I've never had sticky toffee pudding but this look absolutely delicious! I love ooey gooey desserts, and your pictures are gorgeous!

  7. Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew says:

    This looks lovely! Sticky toffee pudding is a dessert that's been on my list to try for myself but have never gotten around to making it. Hopefully this will inspire me!

  8. Maggie @ Kitchie Coo says:

    I have been wanting to try making sticky toffee pudding since we saw it on the menu at an Irish Pub. This looks absolutely amazing! This just may be the Valentine's dessert we've been looking for. Wow.

  9. Isabelle @ Crumb says:

    Sticky toffee pudding is my one weakness. I can give up chocolate, I can give up coffee... but there's nothing sort of torture that would convince me to give up sticky toffee. Love the idea of using mini-bundts to create a nice little pocket for that lovely caramel sauce. Perfect!

  10. I had a good laugh over the drink comment. It is true though. Time flies and people's live move in different directions. I have friends I see tons and others I don't. It is always changing and evolving. Glad you found people to hang with. Friendship is so important in life. And this dessert is the perfect way to hang with friends and enjoy some cocktails.

  11. I looove sticky toffee pudding! Yours is super pretty, but mmm. I was lucky enough to fin some from Caiman, and I am waiting for the package like a slobbering dog, I swear.
    Gorgeous. Bookmarked.

  12. Choc Chip Uru says:

    This looks like such a moist cake all drizzled up and melt in mouth - so totally dying here 😀
    Wonderful post!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Fudgy No Bake Fridge Biscuits

  13. Lacy @ NYCityEats says:

    The name alone sounds delicious! I love that there's dates in the cake, yum! This is definitely being added to the list of desserts I absolutely have to try. Yum!

  14. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    This is one dessert I have never ever had. I think for my first go around I should try it in England too.

  15. Scientifically Sweet says:

    how darling are those little cakes? I just want to smush them.

  16. I think it looks fabulous and very tasty!

  17. I feel you on the adulthood/friendship thing. We've made some wonderful friends here in Seattle but we're moving this Summer and I'm terrified of having to make new friends! I think I'll just advertise this dessert. People will come flocking- looks dreamy!

  18. Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Right now I'm wishing we were neighbors. So freakin' beautiful I could cry! *sniff*

  19. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} says:

    Hope you having a safe and wonderful trip!
    I've tried once when in Scotland a sticky pudding and oh boy, was it good!
    Hooray for new friends! I miss my sand-box playing friends.

  20. I am in love with this recipe. It just looks so stunning and indulging 🙂

  21. Javelin Warrior says:

    Your sticky toffee pudding looks delightful! I've honestly never tried this before - and puddings are generally not my thing - but clearly I've been missing out... I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration

  22. Now why have I never eaten or made this????? It looks so fabulous with that caramel puddled in the it!!!

  23. Dionne Baldwin says:

    I have never had this kind of pudding but I would love to give this a go. I realize that I try new things alot but I still haven't even made a dent in the basics!!! I'm going to need a bigger appetite!

  24. Jaime @ Jaim's Kitchen says:

    My all time favourite dessert! Looks amazing - love the use of the bunt pans.

  25. I have never had sticky toffee pudding before. But that photo of yours makes me want to eat some RIGHT NOW!!!! Gorgeous clicks. Bookmarked this recipe, will make it very soon 🙂

  26. Wine Dine says:

    We never had sticky toffee pudding before either. Your photo and recipe looks so delicious that we have to try it soon!
    J & C

  27. i've never ever had sticky toffee pudding, but everytime i read those words together i ask myself why. i need to make this happen! your pictures are gorgeous, making me salivate!

  28. Holy!!! geez, woman! this looks delicious, i wish i had my pots with me and a kitchen to make this in. I'm really gonna have to start running in order to hold these calories down. Cuz I'm never gonna say no to dessert.

  29. Could this be done in a square/circular pan? I just don't know where I'd be able to buy those small bundt pans, i live kind of in the middle of nowhere. But Ahh, I must make this - It looks absolutely amazing!

    1. Hi Senny, this recipe would do just fine in a regular square or round plate. Actually the first person who made it for me made it in a round cake plate and just spooned portions out for each of us. It really is one of my favorite desserts! Let me know how it turns out for you

  30. Hi there!

    These look delicious! I am planning on tweaking this recipe a bit for xmas but need to know what the capicity of your mini budnt pans is. I found a 6 in one mini budnt pan from nordic ware but one of them has a 6 cup capacity (1 cup per pan) and the other a 4.5 cup capacity. Gorgeous photos, by the way!

  31. can you please post the picture of the pan that you used to make the pudding and how many people does this serve? Thank you

    1. Hi Annie, I'll see if I can dig up a pic but in the mean time, this is a similar pan. It made 6 mini cakes if I recall correctly, but it has been a while.

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