Rating: 3.39 stars
467 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 101
  • 3 star values: 182
  • 2 star values: 77
  • 1 star values: 14

Sticky toffee pudding is essentially a rich, moist cake permeated with a thick caramel-like sauce (with extra for serving). Most recipes say to soak the dates in hot water, but here we use coffee. It gives the holiday favorite a surprising depth of flavor. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 505.

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Ingredients

Cake
Sauce

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Place dates in a bowl, pour coffee over dates, and let soak 15 minutes. Stir in baking soda.

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  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated.

  • Reduce speed to low, and add half the flour mixture, beating until combined. Add date mixture and remaining flour mixture, and beat until just combined. (Do not overmix.) Transfer batter to dish, and bake until cake is puffed and springs back in center when gently pressed with a finger, about 25 minutes.

  • Sauce: Meanwhile, combine butter, sugar, and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium (so sauce does not boil over) and boil, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and darkens slightly, about 4 minutes.

  • Remove cake from oven and pierce holes at 1-inch intervals to bottom of cake with a wooden skewer. Pour half of hot sauce over cake and let soak 20 minutes. Serve warm with remaining sauce. Cake soaked in sauce and remaining toffee sauce can be stored at room temperature up to 1 day. Before serving, warm cake in a 300 degrees oven 10 minutes, and sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Cook's Notes

Martha used an oval baking dish in episode 505 of Martha Bakes.

Reviews (9)

467 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 93
  • 4 star values: 101
  • 3 star values: 182
  • 2 star values: 77
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/26/2019
Just made it. Absolutely dreamy. Followed the recipe to a tee.
Rating: 3 stars
11/19/2018
Anything from Martha works with this novice baker. I saw this on Martha Bakes and hunted the recipe down here. I followed the recipe to the tee and it turned up fine except for my taste, I found the pudding to be very strong in baking soda smell. If I am going to repeat the recipe, I would borrow from the other toffee pudding recipe and boil the dates in the cup of very strong coffee instead of adding 1 tsp of baking soda to the coffee and soak for 15 minutes. I think the levening action of baking powder and eggs will keep the cake puffy and light that eliminating the baking soda will not matter in this case. What do you think Martha?
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2017
Amazing, love the addition of Coffee I think this is what makes it so fabulous. I’ve even converted it to gluten free with the same delicious results! Thanks
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2017
I made it exactly as described several times now, and it is reliably straightforward and always delicious. The coffee addition is inspired.
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2017
This recipe marked my comeback to the kitchen after a long hiatus. Could nor be prouder or happier of the results. People around me kept mentioning how tasty that kind of cake is and I was adamant on making it. The recipe here is less complicated than others I found elsewhere and the coffee is a brilliant addition as it adds richness to the flavor. People that tired it raved.
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2013
This recipe is truly delicious. We made this, but we had a little twist to it. We made it into a cake consistency. we posted it on our website, with step by step images http://themessysisters.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/date-cake-tamr-cake/ thanks for the wonderful recipe!
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2013
This is amazing. I followed all of the instructions and didn't change anything. I baked it in a round 9" cake pan. It was extremely moist, but not under cooked. Everyone who tasted it wanted the recipe. It will be taken to many, many places in the future!
Rating: Unrated
03/18/2013
I wish i'd see vatterpa's review earlier. I made this as part of the Irish Brunch menu and cooked per the instructions. I worried all day that it was under done.. yes, it popped back up when I pushed down on it, but it remained soupy. "Pudding" is a confusing word too because there is no standard to compare - should it be a pudding like "chocolate pudding" (a thick liquid) or a pudding like Yorkshire pudding (a drier cake). I'm sure it was undercooked but it was tasty. Leftovers went on icecream
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2013
Reaallllyyyy Good! I added a cup of pecans to mine and it was delish. It isnt as molasses-y as one would expect. Just richly dark caramel. Mine baked in a 2 qt cassarole took way longer than 25 mins, closer to 40.
Rating: Unrated
02/21/2013
The cake portion is perfect, perfect, perfect! The sauce is really sweet and I wouldn't put it on if I were serving it right after making it. But with the sauce it is just amazing the next day when frozen. If you freeze it in single- or double- servings you only need to let it thaw for a few minutes before you eat!