Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be the member of the party who always orders the Sticky Toffee pudding. Lovingly referred to as STP by its cringeworthy cronies, it is a pud so entirely foolproof that I’ve not yet been on the receiving end of a duff one. Though there have been a couple of close shaves.

Search the internet for ‘sticky toffee pudding’ and you’ll see just how foolproof it is. There are so many distinct recipes that it seems you could throw any combination of ingredients together and end up with the correct bowlful.

The recipe below does, however, yield a moist, dense and altogether satisfying – but not too claggy – sticky toffee pudding, just waiting to receive its hot, rich and sweet toffee sauce.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

One difference from most recipes you might pick up on is the inclusion of cocoa powder. And it does seem like an odd addition indeed. Ruby Tandoh of GBBO fame appears to be a particular fan. And while my rendition doesn’t use as much cocoa as her’s, its presence enriches the flavour and enthralls the senses.

The same can be said of the ginger and cinnamon which, though not present in great quantity, carry their flavour well, adding an additional layer of complexity to an otherwise simple dessert.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Serves 8


for the pudding:

  • 200g dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, heaped
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 75g butter
  • 80g golden caster sugar
  • 80g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

for the sauce:

  • 90g light muscovado sugar
  • 60g dark muscovado sugar
  • 225ml double cream
  • 150g butter
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C(fan). Generously grease a baking dish of 30x10cm or similar. The size isn’t important, as long as it fits.
  2. Put the dates in a small mixing bowl and cover with the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda. Set aside to stand and soften.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars, before incorporating the eggs little by little.
  4. Fold through the flour, baking powder, cocoa and spices before gently beating in the date and water mixture.
  5. Transfer the batter to the greased dish and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until cooked through. A knife should emerge almost clean when inserted.
  6. A few minutes before the pudding is ready tip all of the ingredients for the sauce into a small pan.
  7. Bring to the boil, mix together and simmer for 3-4 minutes. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Serve the pudding warm, topped generously with the toffee sauce. Enjoy.

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Cost: Make no mistake; this is a decadent dessert. But that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Indeed, my entire recipe for sticky toffee pudding – sauce included – should set you back no more than £3.50.

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34 comments on “Sticky Toffee Pudding

  1. sabine
    January 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Isn´t it the purpose of a dessert to be decadent :-)? This looks super delicious and worth every calorie!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      OH yes, it definitely is! Thank you very much :). You make me feel better about gobbling it all up.

  2. Manic Family Eating
    January 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing!!! Will definitely be trying this one

  3. amcarmen
    January 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Oh wow! Drooling!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I want some more, but my diet (change of eating generally) is back on track after the weekend.

  4. thesnowwoman
    January 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Looks delicious. I have never made one, I will have to add it to my must make list!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Please do – it’s a gorgeous pudding. So satisfying.

  5. Nicola
    January 18, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    This looks so good, and relatively straight forward! Added to my “to make” list 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Oh it’s very simple indeed and absolutely delicious in every way.

  6. Brian's Coffee Spot
    January 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Along with steamed treacle sponge, it’s my favourite pudding!


    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      ooooh, steamed treacle sponge. You’re on!

  7. Korena in the Kitchen
    January 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    The one time I made sticky toffee pudding I was disappointed, but I think the recipe must have been a dud, because it just seems like something that should be SO GOOD! Must try again…

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Please do – and use this recipe – you won’t be disappointed, Korena!

  8. malvikajaswal
    January 19, 2015 at 2:14 am

    That looks beautiful! Btw, that sweater is awesome too 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      You’re not the first person to say so 🙂 – glad you like the pudding.

  9. Veronica Sheppard
    January 19, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Firstly, amazing sweater. Second, I bought a ton of dates a few months ago to make sticky toffee pudding and never got around to it. Looks fantastic!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Haha – Katherine’s jumper does get a lot of attention. You should make it – it’s very quick.

  10. Susan
    January 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’d love STP, with or without cocoa. Sweater? Big thumbs up, too!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Oh you would – guaranteed! Yes, the jumper gets a lot of attention.

  11. Anne Bonney
    January 19, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I have heard of, but never tried STP. Thanks for the recipe. I think I could become a fan.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 20, 2015 at 12:04 am

      My pleasure – give it go, if you’ve never tried it you’re in for a treat.

  12. Leah
    January 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    one of my favorites! This one looks incredible

  13. Michelle
    January 20, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Love the photos. Love the word “claggy.” Love Ruby. Love STP. I guess that’s about all I have to say. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you – clearly you love the post :). I share your love for all those things.

  14. Julie
    January 20, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I am definitely going to make that – today!
    Didn’t realise it was that easy

    • frugalfeeding
      January 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Oh it’s so simple. Just think, you could be eating sticky toffee pudding in under 90 minutes!

  15. Jean |
    January 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    The thing I like about your recipe and mine (that I posted last September) is that they have less sugar than some. I’ve seen recipes that call for insane amounts of sugar! My thinking is that the pudding shouldn’t be overly sweet if you’re going to be pouring toffee sauce all over it!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Exactly! I always reduce sugar levels in all my cakes. It’s so unnecessary!

  16. Chichi
    January 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This dessert looks so delicious

  17. Sophie33
    February 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I made your divine easy to make sticky toffee pudding & loved every spoonful! So delectable too! xxx
    Cool appetizing pictures too! x

    • frugalfeeding
      February 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you – I can’t wait to make it again.

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