So, I’ve come to a conclusion, that this sticky date cake, is basically a little bit like a sticky toffee pudding. It has dates (tick), it has the caramel sauce (tick) but the only thing is, it’s not as smooth and it’s a light as your normal sticky toffee pudding but half way there is good enough I thought.

I really enjoyed making this cake as it’s been a while since I made a sticky toffee pudding and it wasn’t like your normal procedures of making a cake. I wish I thought of putting spice in the cake, like cinnamon and mixed spice (note to myself for next time I make this cake) this would have elevated the flavour of the cake a lot more. Even so, the cake was nice enough, but be warned this cake is quite rich so a little goes a long way!

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Eggless Sticky Date Cake
Yields 12
A rich, sticky, date cake perfect with sticky gooey caramel sauce
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
For the pudding
  1. 300g - dates
  2. 250ml - boiling water
  3. 1 tsp - baking soda
  4. 1 cup - self-raising flour
  5. 1 cup - brown sugar
  6. 113g - butter
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line a 8"square baking tin.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, add the dates, boiling water and baking soda and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until the dates have softened.
  3. 3. In a stand mixer beat the brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. In another bowl, add the self-raising flour, brown sugar and margarine.
  4. 4. Drain the dates, keep the liquid and pour this in the butter/sugar bowl. Add the flour and mix.
  5. 5. In a food processor, add the dates and pulse until finely chopped. Scoop the finely chopped dates into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  6. 6. Use electric beaters to beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  7. 7. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and allow to bake for 45 minutes until risen and a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre.