Monday, July 1, 2013

Hot. Sticky. Sweet.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s July and it feels like 100 degrees outside so naturally I made something light and refreshing to cope with the heat.

Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Okay, not so much a summertime treat. But hey, I did add ice cream. I should get points for that.

I’ve been wanting to make this for the past several months after I saw the recipe in Martha Stewart Living. I ripped the recipe out to save and this picture has basically been begging me to make it every since.

Medjool Dates

So Sunday was the day. Mainly because I finally came across the Medjool Dates at the Fresh Market that are recommended in the recipe.

Whoppers! Just slice them open, remove the pits and coarsely chop them up for the batter.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ingredients

I love that this dessert just calls for a few ingredients.

Soaking dates

And that the dates get soaked in steaming hot coffee. Again… so summery.

And then after the cake comes out of the oven, you pour warm, cozy toffee sauce all over the top.

Toffee Sauce Ingredients

The sauce is super easy, too. Three ingredients easy.

Toffee Sauce

Simmer down now.

Toffee Pudding

Poke the cake with a toothpick or skewer and pour the sauce all over.

I went all lollipop stick on mine for greater saturation.

Toffee Sauce


Toffee Sauce

Let’s look at that again.

Sticky Toffee

The cake is gloriously drenched and just delicious all by itself.

But it looks kind of lonely, don’t you think?

Sticky Toffee Pudding

There. That’s better.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Topped with Toffee Sauce –

Here’s the recipe from Martha if you want to make it too. I mean if you want something hot to cool you off.

Erica said...

That looks incredible!!!!!

July 1, 2013 12:14 AM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

OOH, this looks so good! I’ve never tried sticky toffee pudding, but I think I’m going to need to soon!

July 1, 2013 12:21 AM
Tammy Fegley said...

Looks SUPER yummy!!! :)

July 1, 2013 12:23 AM
Bakerella said...

Glory – You must try!

Thanks Erica and Tammy!

July 1, 2013 12:27 AM
Cindy C said...

Oh my goodness.
Every time I see this recipe, I wonder if it’ll be too sweet…. if the IS such a thing as too sweet.
I always love your pictures :)

July 1, 2013 12:31 AM
Naomi said...

I think you were reading my mind! I saw Gordon Ramsay’s sticky toffee pudding on Master Chef last week, and I’ve been thinking about making it ever since! Now, thanks to you, I don’t have to search for a recipe :)

July 1, 2013 12:41 AM
ana julia said...

Muchas gracias por compartir… La verdad se ve delicioso este pastel. Saludos desde Venezuela! Thank you very much.

July 1, 2013 12:45 AM
jenny Flake said...

Oh my goodness Angie, I want this so bad! Delish! xoxo

July 1, 2013 12:49 AM
Monica said...

whyyyy do you do this to us? can i have this delivered?

July 1, 2013 12:49 AM
bree said...

Its 12:45 in the morning and I am a still awake – reading your newest post… that’s how awesome your blog is!

This treat may not be full time summer, but it sure does look good! You should do more summer treats, or some for the forth of July! It would also be cool if you gave some recipes for to do when you tottaly ruin a batch of treats, like brownie.

July 1, 2013 12:52 AM
Liz in Greece said...

As a Brit I can say I approve. It’s so addictive. once you start, you can’t stop.

July 1, 2013 01:32 AM
Anne said...

Oh wow this looks so yummy! I wanna try and make one! Yay! Now I must look for dates… :)

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July 1, 2013 02:28 AM
giulia said...

one of my everytime favourites…sticky toffeee pudding..and you know what? who cares if its hot..i’ll still gobble it up :)

July 1, 2013 02:47 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Mmmm love everything about this :-)

July 1, 2013 04:09 AM
Deon@ipinnedit said...

Somehow you managed to make dates look as tempting as chocolate, and that’s nearly impossible in my world. Oh, yuuuum!

July 1, 2013 04:26 AM
Eve ( Ideally Sweet ) said...

Omg! I love sticky toffee pudding, Dates are like healthly toffee to me

July 1, 2013 04:29 AM
Sosheil said...

I’m in charge of a dessert for a BBQ get together this week and, since I’ll be making a sour cream Bundt cake, I’ll try this one out, too. I saw those huge dates at the supermarket and now I have a great purpose for getting them – THANKS! :)

July 1, 2013 05:15 AM
TemariAddictAustralia said...

Winter time in Australia… Something warm and yummy is much appreciated here. I could still manage some Icecream though.

July 1, 2013 06:27 AM
Amanda said...

Oh, my goodness, that looks incredible!!!

July 1, 2013 06:47 AM
LissaNY said...

Mmmm – I recently discovered medjool dates and my daughter and I are in love! Kind of like caramel fruit! Just as an FYI, certain warehouse clubs carry large containers of medjool dates MUCH cheaper than at the grocery stores and Fresh Market. They are at my S*ms Cl*b in the produce section.

July 1, 2013 07:34 AM
tracy {pale yellow} said...

So much goodness in one pan! What a great looking pudding. If we need to cool off, we can eat this in front of the AC, no biggie!

July 1, 2013 07:42 AM
Julia said...

I had this in Australia for the first time and it was so yummy so I made it a time or two when i got home and then thank goodness forgot about it…until now!!!
This is as addictive as you blog and can add some unwanted pounds!!!!!

July 1, 2013 08:19 AM
Allison @ thebakingyear said...

Wow this looks fantastic!!! I absolutely love your use of dates in this recipe. I’ve been cooking a lot with them lately and it’s great to see others have too!

July 1, 2013 08:32 AM
Myra said...

Holy cats, I’m addicted, already. I can’t even look away from the photos! Sob, lost cause.

July 1, 2013 10:50 AM
tina verrelli said...

Holy – YUM! I too have been haunted by a sticky toffee pudding clipping in my file!! LOL! Probably the same one!! This looks worthy of heating up the kitchen in the summer!! Thanks!!

July 1, 2013 11:28 AM
Trudy said...

cake and pudding together. what could be better? Being a chocolate lover, when I make this, I don’t think I will thinking about that since this recipe has another realm of awesomeness of sweetness with this combination. This is definitely a keeper.

July 1, 2013 11:29 AM
Michelle said...

You’re photography is beautiful (the cake doesn’t look bad either!). Any pointers?

July 1, 2013 12:20 PM
mindy1 said...

oh my YUM that looks good :D

July 1, 2013 01:05 PM
Andrea said...

That looks too good not to try. And I have almost everything on hand – except for the dates.

July 1, 2013 01:10 PM
Jamie @lifelovelemons said...

Baaahh it’s 80 degrees and humid here and I still want to make this right this second

July 1, 2013 01:39 PM
Becky @ So Very Blessed said...

I have been dying to try sticky toffee pudding! It looks insanely decadent!

July 1, 2013 01:40 PM
Phuong said...

it’s so awesome! I going to make them!

July 1, 2013 02:04 PM
Heather Rene said...

Is there a way to do this w/o the coffee? A sub perhaps? I can’t stand the taste of coffee (I know, I’m crazy)…
Or perhaps someone can tell me how noticeable the coffee flavor is? Preferably another non-coffee drinker who’s tried this recipe…

July 1, 2013 03:17 PM
Rita said...

What in the world?!?! I have sworn off the oven until it gets under 100 degrees in Fresno, but man, oh man, this toffee pudding is going to haunt me until I make it!! I’ve never cooked or baked with dates – have never come across a recipe that made me desire them – but, that has allll changed now!

July 1, 2013 03:53 PM
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting said...

Oh my gosh! This sounds AMAZING and a perfect match for the weather!

July 1, 2013 04:08 PM
Mireia said...


July 1, 2013 06:26 PM
steph said...

I cannot even explain how amazingly delicious that last picture looks. That cold ice cream running down the warm, sticky cake…

Extra mouth-watering with the coffee and dates, two of my favorite things!

July 1, 2013 07:01 PM
SandraM said...

Oh my! That looks delicious. Am adding that to my ‘gotta try’ list.
Love that the dates are soaked in coffee!
Thanks for making this and sharing!

July 1, 2013 08:26 PM
Lantana said...

Yum! I have never tried a date, but now, MUST. MAKE. THIS. CAKE.

July 1, 2013 09:19 PM
Stoich91 said...


July 1, 2013 09:20 PM
Jayne said...

This made my insides quiver. Mostly because I have a tub of dates hanging out in my fridge.. and also cos of how good that tofee drizzle looks. Quiver x 100

July 1, 2013 10:33 PM
Michelle G. said...

My mouth is watering! Oh how I would LOVE a piece of that right now! It looks AMAZING.

July 1, 2013 11:05 PM
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

That looks insanely good! I just ate a lemon square but now I want one of these!!

July 1, 2013 11:56 PM
Tori said...

Sticky Toffee or (Ticky Stoffee) Pud is such a common dessert over here in England – you lot have really been missing out! Also served great hot with some pouring cream.

July 2, 2013 03:43 AM
Julia said...

Oh, wow. Anything with coffee works for me! This is amazing.

July 2, 2013 03:49 AM
46 said...

oh my goood! that irresistibleeeeee cake!

July 2, 2013 06:43 AM
Sues said...

I don’t care how hot and muggy it is out, I want this! :)

July 2, 2013 07:28 AM
Jenniffer from Cup a Dee Cakes said...

Wow! This looks incredible!

July 2, 2013 08:55 AM
Kasey the Baker said...

oh for flip sake. I just forgot who I was for a minute.

July 2, 2013 12:12 PM
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff said...

I have never tried Sticky Toffee Pudding … just drool over photos. You have convinced me to make it and adding ice cream “summarizes” anything ;)

July 2, 2013 01:00 PM
Erica R. said...

That looks great. And because of your title, now I have “Pour Some Sugar on Me” stuck in my head :)

July 2, 2013 01:04 PM
kreative1 said...

I love pudding bread desserts!! And this one looks amazing!! I read through Martha’s recipe and I am a little confused because she doesn’t have the ingredients in order used…the eggs are at the bottom of the list, although I’m not a formal baker, pretty sure they go in the cake, not the sauce. Which measurement (wish they were weigh measurement) for the brown sugar is used for the cake as opposed to the sauce? Same with the butter? There’s only one measure for cream, so I got that one :)

Any help would be greatly appreciated…would love to make this soon!!!

July 2, 2013 02:28 PM
Alexis @ said...

This looks amazing. and it’s winter here. WIN!

July 2, 2013 08:34 PM
bec said...

looks good!

July 2, 2013 09:10 PM
Nessa said...

Me likeeee :)

July 2, 2013 09:24 PM
Kaitlin said...

I recognized it the second I saw it! Soooooooo delicious! Will have to try your/Martha’s recipe

July 4, 2013 03:03 AM
Gloria // Simply Gloria said...

Oh. My. This is the finest cake! Perfect for my sweet tooth late on a summer night!

July 4, 2013 10:32 PM
Juliet said...

Perfect for us here in wintery NZ! Thanks so much :) I’ve been getting all envious of you northern hemisphere folks posting about berries, tomatoes, mangoes and ice-y desserts!

July 4, 2013 11:44 PM
Birdy & Bambi said...

This looks so yummy!
I have to try it soon!

Happy 4th of July
Love from Germany
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July 5, 2013 05:08 AM
cocinaros said...

Menuda pinta madre mia! Para rebañar el plato! Mmmm…

July 5, 2013 08:56 AM
Lori from Port Perry said...

This is probably my absolute favourite dessert…maybe tied with Creme brûlée or baked custard with nutmeg! You have such good taste in desserts! I saved the recipe out of Martha and I also got a gluten free version from a local restaurant, Frankie’s. just as yummy. Never share this…just too hard :-)

July 6, 2013 03:17 PM
Debbie smith said...

I can NEVER resist a sticky toffe pudding when I eat out, no matter how full I am. Yours looks amazing! I live in Scotland and it’s big over here. Every restaurant serves it and I’ll eat it any time :)

July 6, 2013 04:22 PM
Tracy said...

That looks sinful! I have a salted toffee that would go wonderful with it.

July 6, 2013 10:38 PM
greenwick said...

Oh goodness. :O We already have a bunch of 4th of july leftovers, so I can’t make this just now. But wow, this would be a way to spruce up some gluten free cakes and make them moist! I’ll have to play with the recipe and see if I can’t use it to make a quick gf fruit cake later in the year.

July 7, 2013 03:09 PM
Chelsea said...

This always seems to be what I do too! Last week as the temperatures climbed resolutely toward triple digits, there I was gracing the internet with yet another bread pudding recipe. This sticky toffee insanity looks amazing, though. I agree: total points for adding ice cream to cool things down.

July 8, 2013 11:22 AM
Hannah said...

Wow, that looks absolutely amazing! I’m definately going to have to try that recipe… and SOON!!! Since it’s been super rainy outside where I’m at, I think that’s the perfect treat to try! Thanks for sharing Bakerella :)!

July 8, 2013 08:17 PM
Kirsten said...

This looks soooo good. I’ll have to try the lollipop poking thing next time.

July 9, 2013 09:12 AM
ashley said...

I made this when I saw it in her magazine also! I loved it!!! It really is fantastic!! Glad you re posted it!!

July 19, 2013 05:49 PM
Dottie Hussey said...


It is 100 degrees and 1 % humidity. I am making this . I must be bonkers.
Can you tell me what size pan you used to bake it in?


July 20, 2013 06:15 PM
Dottie Hussey said...

One more question … How much sugar goes in the cake and how much in sauce?

July 20, 2013 06:30 PM
Helen said...

We made this the other night after seeing it on your blog, and it was amazing!

Dottie – I put 6tbs butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in the sauce (along with the cream), and other quantities in the pudding, and this worked out well. I picked these quantities based on other similar recipes on Martha’s website – although she really should have made it clear in this recipe!

July 21, 2013 09:59 PM
Skazka Vostoka said...

Excellent! Fine! I wish I could eat this ice cream.

July 26, 2013 07:05 AM
siobhan said...

Hi, I also have a baking blog, would love if you checked it out! Thanks :)

July 26, 2013 12:18 PM
emily said...

this looks AMAZING and im going to make it this afternoon providing i get the measurements for it! am i missing something here? i do not see how much of everything goes in…


July 28, 2013 11:07 AM
Ann said...

I made Toffee Dream my way this Thanksgiving — with real whipped cream (rather than Cool Whip) — and used the Magic Bullet to chop up the Heath Bars. The MB ptrety much pulverized the bars but I really liked the results in the pie. The toffee/chocolate was dispersed throughout so I didn’t get any super-sweet bites with big chunks of toffee. I think I’ll make it this way from now on.

July 30, 2013 01:39 AM
Isabel said...

Oh, yum! That looks delish!

August 1, 2013 07:47 AM
Mallory said...

I love sticky toffee pudding! Anything with caramel has my name all over it!

August 6, 2013 12:24 PM
Pizza-Crust Restaurant said...

Very good information. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon).

August 19, 2013 03:43 AM
Robin said...

I made this and it was incredible! The whole thing was gone in 24 hours and there was only two of us eating it.

August 23, 2013 07:00 AM
Laurel said...

We don’t drink coffee, so what might you recommend to soak the dates in rather than coffee?

September 1, 2013 09:30 PM
Sherry Tejada said...

I’d be willing to make this in the desert if need be!!!! Looks amazing!

Sherry Tejada

September 4, 2013 03:10 PM
Donna said...

The term “pudding” does not mean pudding in the sense of a custardy creamy milky dessert served in a bowl. The term “pudding” in the UK etc., means dessert. Thus, Sticky Toffee (dessert).

On their menus there is a heading that says “Puddings”…which is followed by a list of desserts.

September 5, 2013 02:13 PM
Our Vintage Life said...

Whoa! That looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it, like, right now!

September 25, 2013 01:36 PM
Nia said...

Oooh my Goodness! Had this last night at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant in Vegas! It was served warm with a Brown Butter ice cream! My husband and I shared this and it was AMAZING! I cant stop thinking about it! I am so happy I found the recipe! Now to find the Brown Butter ice cream! ;)) <3

October 3, 2013 06:36 PM
Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine said...

Sticky Toffee Pudding is my favorite dessert in the world! :)

December 6, 2013 06:05 PM
Cathy - ScrappinCat! said...

Having just returned from 15 days in the UK, and one of my favorite things I tried was sticky toffee pudding, I went in search of the recipe. Yours was the picture that caught my eye on Pinterest. Wow, you made it look even more decadent than I knew it to be. I tried the recipe today and it was everything I had hoped for. Thanks for sharing your hard work and the link to your inspiration, but I must say if I had just seen the M.S. picture I would not have been nearly as tempted as I was by yours.

July 13, 2014 08:00 PM
Samantha said...

All I can find in my nearby markets are heavy whipping cream or whipping cream. Probably get this a lot but is there a big difference between heavy whipping cream, whipping cream and heavy cream?

November 24, 2014 03:54 AM
Susi said...

I know this is really old but I couldn’t help commenting. Coffee?! Why would the date be soaked in coffee (I loathe the stuff?!) It’s my favourite food-related thing in the world and, as a Scot living in England, where it is served with about 80% of all dessert/pudding menus, I’ve had so many over the years. I feel irrationally upset at Martha Stewart for soaking the dates in coffee. Always boiling water or tea. If not then it’s not a traditional sticky toffee pudding (sticky toffee coffee pudding sounds fun though!) :)

November 24, 2014 03:55 PM
Di @bibbyskitchenat36 said...

Its hot down here in Africa, but I could easily devour this pudding in the heat. The soft medjool dates makes this dessert deliciously moist and sticky. Yummo!

November 27, 2014 02:17 AM
sylvie said...

Oh it’s absolutely devilish!

January 20, 2015 01:11 PM
Celeste said...

Just made this today and it is AMAZING. Everything you could possibly want in a dessert. I saw it on TV last night, someone said it was their favorite dessert, so I found this recipe and went to town. Delish.

January 20, 2015 10:08 PM
Pauline said...

Anyone ever double the sauce? We love extra sauce here and I was wondering if it would turn our

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