Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Here's our classic sticky toffee pudding recipe with gooey caramel, served warm with ice cream or custard for added indulgence.

Our tasty Carnation recipe is easy to follow and can be baked within an hour – the result is a scrumptious sticky toffee pudding that is rich in caramel with a sweet and soft texture.
Serves: 8
  • 125g dates, stoned and chopped
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225ml boiling water
  • 40g buttery baking spread*
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • For the sauce
  • 397g can Carnation Caramel

You will also need...

An 18cm (7”) square cake tin base-lined with baking parchment
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  • Prep time
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    Cook time
    50 mins PT50M

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Each serving typically contains

  • Energy 1553kJ 368kcal 18%
  • Fat 8.1g 12%
  • Saturates 3.0g 15%
  • Sugars 55.2g 61%
  • Salt 0.77g 13%

of an adult's Reference Intake (RI)*
Energy per 100g: 1118kJ/265kcal
*Reference Intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal).
Portions should be adjusted for children of different ages.

Here's how easy it is...
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, (160°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.
  2. 2. Mix the dates and the bicarbonate of soda. Pour the hot water over and leave to soak while you make the batter. Whisk together the buttery baking spread and the sugar, then add eggs, one at a time (don’t worry if it curdles). Mix in the flour, and then stir in the date mixture and vanilla. Pour into the prepared tin.
  3. 3. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes, until springy to the touch and cooked through.
  4. 4. To make the sauce: Spoon the caramel into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring often (or heat gently on the hob).
  5. 5. Serve the pudding warm with a scoop of ice cream or alternatively, heat up some custard and pour over. Add extra caramel sauce for added indulgence.

  6. Have you tried making this delicious recipe yet? Let us know by clicking ‘I made it!’, or give us your tips and tricks on the discussion board.

    *recipe is based on 70% fat buttery baking spread.

Discussion Board

  • Jay
    February 12, 2016
    Can you steam these instead?...if so for How long please!

    Carnation says:
    Hello Jillian, this delicious pudding is a classic! If you have a steaming function on your oven then the cooking time will be as it is shown on the recipe.
  • klstreet
    April 15, 2014
    Can you make this the day before you need it?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Kerry, in our opinion making it the day before gives the sauce a chance to soak in and get all gooey! We suggest pouring half the sauce over the sponge on the day of baking, refrigerate over night and the pop back into the oven for 10 minutes before serving. Pour the last of the sauce over the pudding just before it goes to the table.
  • Mia
    January 12, 2014
    Can I freeze this pudding?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Maria, this pudding will freeze beautifully! Defrost overnight in the fridge and then pop in the oven at 180C(160C with fan)Gas mark 4 for 10 minutes just before serving.
  • milz
    December 13, 2013
    Do you sift the flour before or after weighing? Thanks :)

    Carnation says:
    Hi Milz, the easiest is to weigh it and then sieve into the other ingredients but it will work wither way.
  • CandyGrandy
    November 02, 2013
    I've baked this recipe so many times now, its a winner everyone loves it!! Instead of caster sugar I use muscovado which makes it a bit richer, lovely!!
  • Kelz x
    October 23, 2013
    Can u make this without using dates?? My hubby loves sticky toffee pudding but would prefer without them x

    Carnation says:
    Hi Kelly, most people aren't even aware that sticky toffee pudding is made with dates because they just cook away. They give the pudding its lovely richness!
  • zoya
    June 14, 2013
    i am sorry to say that there are no new recuipes coming up only old ones are here

    Carnation says:
    Hi Asna, we've got some brand new recipes on the site! Why not try our new Baked Raspberry Cheesecake or Millionaire's Salted Caramel Tart?
  • mamaluvs2bake
    February 09, 2013
    Do you have a conversion chart for us Americans?

    Carnation says:
    Hi Sandy, we don't at the moment but we're currently working on it! We wouldn't want you to miss out! For now you can try this link for reference tables
  • Junie
    July 12, 2012
    Can you advise what size tin is needed - recipe mentions a "square tin" without specifying the size

    Carnation says:
    Hi June, thanks for spotting this - we've now amended this. Happy baking!


Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Confused I am reviewing the recipe for sticky toffee pudding. The star isn't because I've tried to make the pudding it is because I've tried to understand the recipe. The recipe is confusing. First you bake a pudding in the oven. Then all of a sudden , having reached for THE tin of condensed milk you have a lovely caramel sauce without any explanation. Then what happens to the sauce? Apparently you bake the pudding again and then forget about the toffee sauce and serve it up with custard or ice cream. Too confusing. I would have expected better from a traditional own brand recipe collection.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Winter pud! Snowing today searching through cupboard for something for pud after Sunday lunch and found tin of caramel and dates. Sticky toffee pudding recipe was found on this site and a delightful pudding was made. Went down well with all the family.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I made this for a big family get together. Doubled recipe, worked perfectly. I always give them the choice of cram or Caramel Sauce. So they have both usually. Its such a favourite and much quicker than my old way of doing it.
Date published: 2018-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect every time! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Have made it so many times, comes out perfect every time. It's a hit with everyone, young and old. Thank you.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recipe We have used this recipe quite a few things now and everyone absoloutely loves it. Such an easy to follow recipe and tastes amazing. So moist
Date published: 2018-10-30
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