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.

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98 comments on “Hot. Sticky. Sweet.”

  1. I would try this with rum instead of coffee, I have gingerbread cake that uses dates and rum SO yummy that way.

  2. Made this today and boy it is absolutely scrumptious so moist delicious and very addictive you don’t need the ice cream but it does throw it over the top. Thank you

  3. Can this be made eggless…using flax eggs..?

  4. Can you use regular dates?

  5. When adding the dates, do you drain them or pour dates and coffee. I think you probably do.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Oh it’s absolutely devilish!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!) :)

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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

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

  16. 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.

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

    Sherry Tejada

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

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

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

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

  22. Oh, yum! That looks delish!

  23. 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.

  24. 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…


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

  27. 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!

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

  29. Hello,

    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?


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

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

  32. 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 :)!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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 :)

  37. 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 :-)

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

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

    Happy 4th of July
    Love from Germany

  40. 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!

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

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

  43. Me likeeee :)

  44. looks good!

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

  46. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

  51. oh my goood! that irresistibleeeeee cake!

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

  53. 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.

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

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

  56. 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


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

  59. 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!

  60. 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!


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

  63. 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!

  64. 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…

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

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

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

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

  69. oh my YUM that looks good :D

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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!!

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

  74. 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!

  75. 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!!!!!

  76. 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!

  77. 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.

  78. Oh, my goodness, that looks incredible!!!

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

  80. 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! :)

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

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

  83. Mmmm love everything about this :-)

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

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

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

  87. 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.

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

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

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

  91. 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 :)

  92. 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 :)

  93. Glory – You must try!

    Thanks Erica and Tammy!

  94. Looks SUPER yummy!!! :)

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

  96. That looks incredible!!!!!

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