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Sticky Date cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Sticky date cake or pudding like they call it is essentially a British dessert consisting of a moist date cake and served with toffee or caramel sauce and more often than not a dollop of ice cream. A perfect dessert for your party.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine british
Servings 6 servings


For the date cake

  • 1 1/2 cups dates (210g) pitted
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar (100g)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (60g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (150g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the caramel sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar (200g)
  • 6 tbsps salted butter (90g)
  • 1/2 cup cream (120ml)
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Pre heat the oven to 170C. Grease a 6 jumbo hole muffin pan or a normal 12 hole muffin pan or a 6-inch round pan.
  • In a large bowl, add cup of boiling water, finely chopped dates and baking soda and let it stand for 8-10 minutes till the dates are soft. You can also use full pitted dates here and puree the date mixture to coarse consistency. I alternate between both the methods. The puree leads a little more sticky cake whereas the finely chopped dates give a nice texture to the pudding.
  • Add eggs and melted butter to the date mixture and whisk well it incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to the wet mixture along with sugar and using a spatula fold till dry ingredients are fully incorporated in the wet ones.
  • Pour in the prepared pan and if baking in the 6 hole jumbo pan (my preferred pan for this) bake for 18-20 minutes, 14-16 minutes for the normal muffin pan and about 30-40 minutes for the 6-inch pan. The cake is done when the toothpick comes out clean in the middle
  • Let the cake cool before demoulding, and in the meantime, make the sauce.
  • Place the butter, cream, brown sugar and sea salt into a small heavy bottom saucepan. Melt over a medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until completely smooth. Pour over the date cake and serve warm with ice cream.


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