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Traditional English Sticky Toffee Pudding

4.85 from 20 votes
My Traditional English Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe is a delicious, caramelly, dense, sweet cake that's made in a muffin tin instead of being steamed!
Three dishes of English Sticky Toffee Pudding made in a muffin tin.

Hi Bold Bakers!

My Traditional English Sticky Toffee Pudding is a lot like an English favorite, Steamed Sticky Toffee Pudding, but instead of steaming the cake in a pudding basin, these delicious, caramelly toffee puddings are baked in a cupcake tin! 

Even though these individual toffee puddings aren’t steamed, they’re still just as moist as the more traditional puddings because of the cooked dates added to the recipe. The dates don’t only add moisture, but they give a lovely, extra vanilla-y flavor to the caramel cake. 

I love to serve these little cakes with my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce, which absorbs so wonderfully! This recipe makes the perfect serving size, but I don’t think anyone would hold back from getting seconds! 

What Is English Sticky Toffee Pudding?

This pudding is like a traditional steamed toffee pudding. It’s a delicious, caramelly, dense, sweet cake—but instead of steaming the pudding (which requires a little more equipment), these are baked in a cupcake tin. To make sure the cakes are just as moist as the traditional steamed pudding, a paste made with cooked dates is added. 

Sticky Toffee Pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream on a blue dish with a spoon.

What You Need To Make English Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 12-cup cupcake tray
  • Saucepan
  • Food processor or immersion blender
  • Mixing bowls

How To Make English Sticky Toffee Pudding

I love this recipe because of its simplicity! It has all the deliciousness of a traditional sticky toffee pudding, but without the hassle of finding the equipment to steam! Here is how you make English sticky toffee pudding (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and generously butter a 12-cup cupcake tray. 
  2. In a small saucepan over medium/low heat, bring the dates and water to a boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and allow the dates to simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until they are soft.
  3. Remove the dates from the heat and add the baking soda into the mix to activate—it will fizzle up.
  4. Using a food processor or an immersion blender, blend the date mixture until it is a smooth paste. Set the mixture aside to cool down.
  5. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. This can be done by hand or using an electric mixer.
  6. Stir the eggs, one at a time, into the butter mixture. Then add the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Then, fold in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Pour the cooled date mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined.
  9. Pour the batter into the cupcake tray, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way full. 
  10. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden and firm on the top.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making English Sticky Toffee Pudding

  • Always double-check to make sure the pits are removed from the dates. Even if you buy pitted dates, one can sneak through and you don’t want that! 
  • Serve with my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce. Make it in bulk because it keeps for months in the fridge!
  • These little puddings freeze wonderfully for up to 4 weeks! 
  • Make the puddings the day before you wish to serve them. As they sit overnight, the flavor just gets better.
  • Brown sugar is an important ingredient to make sure you get that wonderful caramel flavor. If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, you can make your own with my recipe
  • Be sure to add the salt! Salt brings out all the fantastic flavors in this pudding!

The inside of my English Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe, with salted caramel sauce dripping down the side, and topped with whipped cream.

How Do You Store English Sticky Toffee Pudding?

English Sticky Toffee Pudding can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. These puddings also freeze very well for up to 4 weeks! 

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Traditional English Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

4.85 from 20 votes
My English Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe is a delicious, caramelly, dense, sweet cake that's made in a muffin tin instead of being steamed!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 puddings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
My English Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe is a delicious, caramelly, dense, sweet cake that's made in a muffin tin instead of being steamed!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 puddings

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups (6½oz/177g) dates
  • 1 ¼ cups (10floz/282ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz/57g) butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (5 ½ oz/155g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Signature Salted Caramel Sauce  (to serve)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Generously butter a 12 well cupcake tray and set it aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium/low heat, bring the dates and water to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for roughly 8-10 minutes or until the dates are soft.
  • Remove from the heat and add the baking soda into the hot date mix to activate it. It will fizzle up.
  • Blend the date mix until it is a smooth paste. Do this in a food processor or using an immersion blender. Set aside to cool down.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. You can do this by hand or using an electric mixer.
  • Stir in the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla until fully incorporated.
  • Next fold in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Lastly, pour in the cooled dates and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake trays and fill ¾ of the way full. It will make roughly around 12 sticky toffee puddings.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm on top and they are golden.
  • Enjoy warm with my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce and vanilla ice cream. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. They also freeze really well for up to 4 weeks.

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Marta
Marta
8 months ago

I made it today, it’s super easy and fast, and so, so delicious! I love it! I never baked it before because all recipes I found were difficult, but your recipe is so easy.
Thank you! It’s so yummy!

Moira
Moira
8 months ago

My vote is for Canadian Butter Tarts, but if you decide to explore recipes online, be prepared for a debate. Thin crust/thick crust? Runny filling/solid filling? Currants/raisins? Nuts/no nuts? My vote is for these knock-off Butter Tart Squares: ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup butter 1 cup seedless raisins 2 large eggs ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup corn syrup ⅛ tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla ¼ cup all-purpose flour   1.    Preheat oven to 325ºF. 2.    Combine first 3 ingredients until crumbly. 3.    Press into an ungreased 8″ square baking dish. 4.    Bake 15 minutes. 5.    Meanwhile, beat eggs; add… Read more »

Mamta Maheswari
Mamta Maheswari
3 months ago

Hi Gemma….Substitute of eggs for this recipe..please suggest

Sarah Mesquita
4 months ago

Hi Gemma, planning on trying this recipe, but I was just wondering if this pudding batter can be steamed instead of baked… If yes… How long would you recommend for?

Edit: Just found the steamed version of the pudding on your website!!! Gosh such a life saver!!! Thanks a bunch…

Last edited 4 months ago by sarahtmesquita
Rachana
Rachana
4 months ago

Can I make this eggless?

Jasmine
Jasmine
6 months ago

What gf flours can I use?

Anna
Anna
7 months ago

I found this recipe in your cookbook and I made this for dessert on Christmas Day as I am not a big fan of Christmas pudding. The caramel sauce was delicious! Thanks so much!

Lilysayus
7 months ago

I think i have a new favorite dessert, this sticky toffee pudding is so indulgent & moist!!🤤💕 thank you for the amazing recipe Gemma!!!

Nina Potter
Nina Potter
7 months ago

Wow! These are so good.. .

Patty
7 months ago

It said granulated sugar in which is white I looked at the video and it was brown so I started over🥺

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