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Someone pouring butterscotch sauce onto a sticky date pudding on a cake stand.

Sticky Date Pudding

A classic dessert that everyone knows and loves. Best served with butterscotch sauce. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine England
Keyword best sticky date pudding, easy sticky date pudding, sticky date pudding cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 521 kcal
Author Nicolas


  • 250 g of pitted dried dates halved
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 75 g of butter softened
  • Some extra butter or some cooking spray for greasing your cake tin
  • 75 g of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • cups of self-raising flour


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease a cake tin with your extra butter, then line it with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Put your dates and 1 cup of water in a pot and the bring to the boil. Once the mixture is boiling turn the heat off, add your baking powder and stir through, then set aside to cool.

  4. Beat the butter and the sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time beating through well on each occasion. Then add your cooled, date mixture and stir through until well combined.
  6. Add your self-raising flour and then gently fold through with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  7. Transfer the mixture into the prepared cake tin then bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  8. To test whether the pudding is cooked, you can stick a skewer in the middle, leave for 2 seconds, and if the skewer comes out clean, it's cooked.

Recipe Notes

  • I highly recommend that you serve this dessert with Butterscotch Sauce.
  • If you want to make this pudding gluten free, just replace the flour with gluten-free flour. 
  • If you do make a gluten free sticky date pudding, make sure you use a baking powder that's gluten free. 
  • If you want to serve sticky date pudding to a crowd. You can make a lot of small ones in advance (cook them in muffin tins or ramekins), and then they'll be very easy to serve. 
  • If you want to make mini steamed sticky date puddings, look up the guide in the post on how to do so.
  • If you want to make this dessert for a particular date down the road, you can freeze it.
Nutrition Facts
Sticky Date Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.7g15%
Saturated Fat 5.3g33%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 315mg9%
Carbohydrates 98.6g33%
Fiber 4.8g20%
Sugar 29.6g33%
Protein 11.1g22%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.