Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

With the holidays in full swing, traditional baked goods are ever present — pies, cookies, cakes. But why not make something just as delicious but different? Marce’s Sticky Pudding is not only easy to make but also aesthetically on-point (AKA, perfect for the ‘gram). Read on for the recipe!

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

Sticky Pudding

For the cake

    ½ cup boiling water
    1 cup pitted dates
    1 ½ cups all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    ¾ cup raw sugar (or brown sugar)
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the toffee sauce

    1 ½ cup brown sugar
    ¾ cup unsalted butter
    ½ cup heavy cream
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon bourbon (optional)

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

Begin by making the cake. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl pour boiling water over the dried dates. Let sit for 10 minutes or until the dates have rehydrated. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the mixture until it is a smooth paste. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter & sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla & pureed dates. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Beat until combined.

In a greased 12 tin muffin pan or a 9×12 baking dish evenly distribute the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes if using a muffin pan or 20-25 minutes if using a 9-12 baking dish.

While the cake is in the oven, make the toffee sauce. In a large pan or saucepot add the butter, sugar, cream & salt over medium heat. Constantly stirring, bring mixture to a boil & cook for 1-2 minutes to ensure the sugar is fully melted. Remove from heat & stir in vanilla/bourbon.

Pour over the caramel sauce shortly after the cakes are removed from the oven. The toffee sauce will soaks into the pudding better when warm. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

NOTE: I have made this pudding both in a muffin pan & 9×12 baking dish. It simply depends if you want to serve it in individual portions or as a full cake.

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

Sticky Pudding Recipe | west elm

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Marcella DiLonardo is the Toronto based food photographer, stylist, and writer behind the blog Modest Marce. Follow Marcella on Instagram + Twitter + Pinterest.

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December 3, 2015

This looks just amazing! I am a white cake person, but I will try this! Thanks for sharing!

Rashid Omer

January 11, 2016

So yummy!

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