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Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

By Chelsea Sugar
Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
8 servings
  • 118 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 40 mins
  • Serves

    1¼ cups pitted dates, chopped
    1 tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    1¼ cups boiling water
    60g Tararua Butter, cubed, softened
    ¾ cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar
    1 cup Edmonds Self Raising Flour
    2 eggs

    Butterscotch Sauce (or top with Chelsea Butterscotch Natural Flavoured Syrup):

    2 cups Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar
    250ml (1 cup) Meadow Fresh Original Cream
    50g Tararua Butter
    1 tsp vanilla essence


    Preheat oven to 180°C conventional or 160°C fan-forced. Grease a 20cm square cake tin. Line the base with baking paper.

    In a large bowl combine the dates, Edmonds Baking Soda and boiling water. Stand for 5 minutes.

    Add Tararua Butter and Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar (or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar) and stir until combined.

    Add Edmonds Self Raising Flour and eggs; mix until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared tin. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.
    Stand for 10 minutes before turning out of tin.

    Slice and serve warm with hot butterscotch sauce poured over the top.

    Butterscotch Sauce (or drizzle pudding with Chelsea Butterscotch Natural Flavoured Syrup):
    Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter melted.


    For a richer flavour and deeper colour use Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar.

    Chelsea Butterscotch Natural Flavoured Syrup is a delicious topping for puddings.

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Average Rating
(118 reviews)

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So good

Fabulous! I took this to a neighbourhood get-together, bring your own, etc., and it went down a treat, thank you

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I made this and was really good . Everyone liked it

I love this desert! It's so delicious, we only use half the amount of dates and it works well, for the sauce we use butter ,cream and sugar, soooo good.

Is it ment to be running?

The recipe was really easy to understand untill I got to the part as to where we add the dates into the mixture that step has not been written in the method, otherwise a rlly yummy dessert and the sauce is super easy to make taste delicious and is a great ice cream topping

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I had this and totally adored it!
Its so yum & tasty! Best dessert ever!

Definitely recommend this spectacular recipe to everyone!
Super basic & easy to make as well.

I really would like to know how and why you put this on
but they look so delicious

SO SO SO GOOD and easy to make

So easy to make and absolutely delicious!

supper easy but so good! Great recipe.

Super Easy and so good!

This was AMAZING!!! me and my wife hazel made this for our 8 kids and there was plenty to go around! loved it!!! thank you so much chealsea (:

It tasted so good 10/10 perfect with the sauce and so good with ice cream!

It tasted so good 10/10 perfect with the sauce and so good with ice cream!

Super easy to make and so yummy. Loved by whole family.

I thought this recipe was lovely, I took it to a family dinner and got amazing comments from everybody! A true classic recipe! Super easy to make and serve. Will be making it again for sure!

Easy tasty recipe but HALF OR EVEN QUARTER the sauce. Its delish but very sweet and the pudding is already very moist. Will definitely make again.

I love this recipe. The only change I have made is whizz the dates as I dont like chunky bits in my dessert.
Any left over sauce my family love it over icecream Nothing wasted.

Made it twice now and love it. About to make it the third time!

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this did not satisfy my needs in a work environment this page needs to be taken bad these liers and frauds need to be put in jail for life this is despicable behaviour and our country needs to unite against these monsters #staysafequeens #lotsoflove #save our country

This recipe is great! So quick and easy to make a delicious and beautiful sticky date pudding. I’ll definitely make this again.

This recipe is great! So quick and easy to make a delicious and beautiful sticky date pudding. I’ll definitely make this again.

Delicious, comes out great every time.

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First time ever making it, amazing!Really easy

Very easy and delicious recipe. Turns out perfect e very time. Thank you.

the method is incorrect, and really should be corrected. I mashed the dates and water with a potato masher and added to creamed butter sugar and eggs. It worked well. I also halved the recipe for the sauce.

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A delicious, easy to make cake that gets better each day. Actually doesn’t need the sauce.


Great recipe

Love it the sauce is nice and runny good texture.everyone try it!

This pudding NEVER fails! It's so yummy and it's my hubby's favourite dessert.

Easy recipe! Straight forward. Make sure you read the part about the different temperatures! Very important. I saw that mine was cooking very fast and browning too quickly. I realised that it said 160 degrees for fan forced!! and 180 degrees for conventional.

Easy mistake but it turned out really nice in the end!

Very easy to make and delicious

Made this in to mini loaves, so I reduced the baking time to about 20mins. Worked great! I just got a little confused around adding the butter and sugar to the date and water, but that’s probably just me! I’m gonna have butterscotch sauce for ages now though, could probably halve it. Thanks for the recipe!

Perfect everytime!!

Absolutely beautiful just a tad to much butterscotch sauce, but stores well in the fridge. ;)

Easy and delish

The best I've tried. Simple, quick & easy. Everyone's favorite.

Easy recipe and tastes better than a restaurant dessert. I serve with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top and the sauce on top

Brilliant and so easy.

Honestly such a fantastic recipe! I made it for the first time tonight, and it’ll be written in the family cookbook tomorrow for sure! It’s so simple to make, and doesn’t take a lot of time. It comes out of the pan beautifully and is an overall great consistency 10/10

Fantastic for a treat dessert on a miserable cold wet night. Makes everyone happy.

Absolutely delicious and easy to make. We had to laugh when we realised that between three of us we managed to eat the whole thing and the recipe states "Serves 8" ! :)

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So easy and delicious.

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So good. Perfect with ice cream!

My go-to sticky date pudding recipe. Easy and quick. I often leave out the sauce as I find it's sweet enough and delicious with runny cream.

Delicious and super easy to make. I thought it was going to be a challenge but it didn't take long to make and it turned out perfect.

Make sure to keep a watchful eye on the pudding when its in the oven though :)

If you decide to double the recipe don't double the sauce as well because it made so much. Just leave the sauce measurements as they are.

Super easy to make and so moist and delicious. The toffee sauce is amazing!

Super easy & yummy!

Easy to make and a hit with my fussy eaters!!

I've made this many times and people love it. Great comfort food. If you prefer it not to be too sweet, half the sauce recipe, or don't make the sauce and serve with custard instead.

Easiest recipe, yummiest pudding! My go-to desert whenever i have friends or family visiting! *****

Excellent. I made it in the food processor - except for stirring in the flour (which I sifted). I used the Dark Cane Sugar which made for a beautiful rich colour. My only suggestion would be to line the base of the cake tin as the very edges of the cake stuck in the pan.
All the family loved it with the sauce drizzled over the top and a bit of unsweetened whipped cream.

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So quick, easy and delicious. I’ll be making this again.

nice recipe sauce too sugary but adding lemon really helped

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Sauce was way too sweet and very rich for my liking. Will lessen the amounts of the sugar next time. Other than that, it topped the evening off very nicely thank you. Very easy and quick to throw together..

Recipe needs to state sifted flour otherwise the batter is lumpy. Liquid ingredients need to added to dry to avoid this.

This recipe is AMAZING and very forgiving which suits us! You can also sub the cream out for coconut cream and the butterscotch sauce will still come out really really great. Can't get enough!

Love the reviews. Has anyone tried reheating in microwave?

So easy and moist and delicious!!! Everyone loves it

Yum!! Mine cooked after 30 minutes so be careful not to overcook.

So easy and tasty. Family hit.

Excellent recipe. Easy to make and delicious!

I've made this twice so far and will definitely be making it again. So yummy!

I use this recipe every time I make sticky date pudding and it always turns out great!

Made this a few times now and always turns out AMAZING! Soooooo good and the sauce is delicious but quite sweet so I usually half the sauce recipe and serve with ice cream.

I am not a great baker but I gave this one a go! It turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing Chelsea.

I Love it

Terrible recipie. It doesn’t tell you when to add the date mixture. There is way to much water added to this recipie. I wish I picked another recipie to cook for Easter lunch. It also wasn’t sweet enough.
Chelsea Sugar:
Please use one bowl and add all ingredients to the same bowl as advised in the method.

This is my go-to recipe if anyone is coming for dinner. It’s so easy, fail proof and everyone loves it!! It definitely needs to be served with cream or ice-cream to balance the sweetness (and then you can manage to eat more).

This pudding is so easy to do and is always a hit with the family or dinner guests

These are so very yummy and easy to make. What you serve with them is limited only by your imagination! Go wild!

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We are going to try the chocolate pudding for a sleepover and see what pudding we like best!
Anyway, this sticky date pudding is so good and tastes too hard to beat!

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I would double the pudding mixture next time, because there was a lot of butterscotch sauce.
Anyway it was very yummy and easy and the whole family enjoyed it (some even had seconds)!

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Easy recipe which I took to a shared dinner. Loved it.

Sticky date pudding is tasting good. Self saucing choclate pudding very yummy and delicous.

Far too much sugar in the recipe.

Delicious haven't tried them yet but I will bake that sticky pudding with butterscotch sauce looks delish

Fabulous cake!!! It is very amazing, Thanks for sharing this very simple recipe.

I very recently made 150 individual giant muffin size puddings... they were beautiful...and I froze them very successfully and they were perfect on the day, heated slightly with your butterscotch sauce.....the comments I got back were amazing...will use this recipe from now on...thankyou Chelsea

So good and easy to make

Always turns out great and tastes awesome.

I made this except I halved recipe and I portioned the mix into muffin trays, to create individual portions, took about 20 minutes to cook. Made the sauce, I could not stop licking the spoon-the sauce is divine! I ended up make 5 portions with half recipe by portioning using a muffin tray. Great recipe 10/10 would bake again.

This recipe is great. Really straightforward and great to take to a pot luck dinner because the pudding can go separately and the sauce whipped up very quickly at the dinner! My husband used to say that he married me for my cheesecake, but I think now he's changing his mind.

This sticky date pudding meets all expectations. The cake is light and a little serve of the sauce divine. We served sitting on a vanilla light not sweet custard .. everyone thought such a generous portion how would they eat but the plates were clean not a smidgeon left! Definitely make again.

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Absolutely beautiful.......I added a tablespoon of rum to the butterscotch sauce recipe!

This sticky date pudding is one of our family favs!
Can't beat this desert with homemade ice-cream.
The butterscotch sauce is very sweet so I reduce the sugar and add extra cream

Really delicious. The sauce is very very sweet so I agree that you could reduce sugar in the sauce. The actual cake part is very nice. Im going to make this for my dad for Fathers Day! Ill think he will be very happy :)

This is the easiest recipe I have ever tried!! And uber yummy!! You could probably ease up on the sugar cause it is quite sweet. :)

Easy to make simple to follow and absolutely gorgeous to eat!

Very delicious and favourite dessert for my family! Quick and easy to make when you have last minute guests! Yum! yum!

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Looks good and easy to do

This pudding is delicious, if you forced me to describe it in just one word. Here are some other descriptions: tasty, yummy, easy, scrumdiddlyumptious, etc. As dates are hard to slice, I food processed them with the baking soda and water, and it still works out completely fine. Now, if you're still not persuaded to make it for yourself, here's something else about it being easy to prepare... I made it with no help whatsoever and I'm nine years old!

Yummy ! Can this be frozen ?
CHELSEA: Thanks for your feedback. Not sure if they can be frozen. Give it a try and let us know. Enjoy!

Hi Chelsea, I made this last night ans it was yummy but why have the dates all gone to the bottom of the dish. What am i doing wrong. Cheers.
CHELSEA: coat the dates in a little flour to stop them sinking to the bottom. Cheers!

Really nice and very easy to make, a big hit with the family. I will definitely be making this again.

The only recipe I use. Absolutely delicious.

Wow live these recipes yes indeed I did make the sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and OMG it was so amazing it melts in your mouths my kids loved me that they couldn't get enough of it that I had to cook another dish.. Yes Mmmmm all the way and Yummmy Mummmy..
Thank you for sharing this recipe with me.

Absolutely delicious!! Yummy, easy and sooo moist. This recipe is a must try!


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very very yummy and easy

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Try the Sticky Date and Banana Cake can;t see the recipe here yet but it is absolutely fantastic.

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This is my partner's favourite - best recipe we have found. Especially like the tin foil tip. Made for a light delicious pudding

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Absolutely scrumptious!!! Only ever use this recipe when making this particular pud :)

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Best sticky date pudding I have made so simple, economical and very delicious

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Now look here Chelsea and all you bakers! I am supposed to be on a diet and your scrummy puds are not helping. * looks around* ...wheres that waistline gone!

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So simple and just delicious Devoured by my dinner guests and then polished off by my four children. The butterscotch sauce finishes it off beautifully.

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awesome recipe. easy. would suggest not to over blend. would have liked to have had bigger dates.

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Super easy to make and so yum !!! whole family loves this pudding!!

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Works for me every time! One of my faves!

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This is restaurant quality, my wife said it was the best desert I had ever made, the kids and I agree. I did half the quantities for the sauce, it was enough for all the pudding.

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Really yum! Easy recipe! Butterscotch sauce made it

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WOW WOW WOW this was super easy to make and super super delicious :-)

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Amazzziiiingly scrumptiously yummy! So easy to it

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Really easy and super delicious!! We all loved it.

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