Sticky Date Pudding

This dense, sweet and moist cake is a contender for my all time favourite dessert. Sticky Date Pudding was one of those dessert I never wanted to try when I was a kid (Dates? ewwww fruit is gross, amiright?) boy, was I wrong! 

This recipe is quick and easy enough to whip up after dinner and most of the ingredients (maybe apart from the dates) are a pantry staple which means it’s (probably) cheap to make!

Sticky Date Pudding

What you’ll need for the Pudding:

  • 250g pitted dates, chopped / halved
  • 400mL water
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 1 C self-raising flour
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten together

What you’ll need for the Sauce:

  • 200mL cream
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter


  • Thick cream or whipped cream, to serve (optional)

Method for the Pudding

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C, fan bake.
  2. Grease a square tray (20cm x 30cm is good).
  3. Place chopped dates and water in saucepan and bring to boil at a medium to low heat.
  4. Add baking soda (expect fizzing or bubbles to appear), then add butter. Stir slowly until butter melts.
  5. Stir in flour, sugar and eggs and combine.
  6. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Test that it is cooked through by using a skewer or clean knife inserted into the centre of the cake – if it comes out clean it’s ready!
  7. Take out of the oven and keep in the tray, allowing it to cool 10 minutes.
  8. Place on a wire rack to cool down further.

Method for the Sauce

  1. This is so simple! Add cream, brown sugar and butter into a pot and heat on a low heat until butter melts.

To serve, cut cake into squares, pour over sauce and add cream if so desired!

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