Australian Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel sauce

The origins of Sticky date pudding are arguable, but a British classic consists of the Stick Toffee Pudding which is a steamed dessert sponge cake with chopped dates & toffee sauce. I think its safe to say that Sticky date pudding is somehow an Australian version of that British dessert. I loved making this while I lived in Australia, having learned the recipe at the restaurant I was working at.

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This dessert is moist and just the right amount of sweet. You could even tell yourself its healthy (just hide the caramel sauce!)

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Australian Sticky Date pudding with Caramel Sauce
Serves 10
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
  1. 1 3/4 cup Dates
  2. 1 cup self-rising flour
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 60 grams softened butter
  5. 2/3 cup raw sugar
  6. 1 1/3 cup water
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda (bi-carb soda)
Caramel Sauce
  1. 250 grams of butter
  2. 2 cups cream
  3. 2 cups brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Stick Date Pudding
  1. First you want to cut your dates in at least 3 pieces to make sure your dates don't have any pits in the middle. You could loose a tooth on that pit! Throw your dates with the water in a pot and bring to the boil. Add the baking soda and watch it fizz up, giving it a few stirs with a spoon. Turn off and remove from heat. When it cools down, add it to your food processor and give it a few seconds to mash up. This step is optional- if you don't have a food processor, just add the mixture to the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a big mixing bowl take your soft butter, eggs, raw sugar, and flour and add the date mixture to it, using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or good old fashioned elbow grease & a whisk and mix it all together. Grease a muffin tray, a bundt pan, a cake tray, whatever you got- GREASE it well. Because you don't want your pudding to stick to your pan. You want to eat it, not have it get stuck to the pan.
  3. Now bake your pudding for about 25 minutes at 375F. It is cooked when a toothpick/knife comes out clean.
Caramel Sauce
  1. Put this all on the stove, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and reduce for about 10 minutes. Taste it. Try not to eat it all before your pudding comes out of the oven!
Adapted from El Mundo Tapas Bar
Adapted from El Mundo Tapas Bar
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I made this for Mother’s day while visiting my Mama in Miami and it was a huge hit. I’m Hispanic and not too many people eat dates in my family, so it was fun to make them guess what was in the recipe!

I would love for you to make this and let me know how it turned out for you! Any variations for me to try? Please share!


  • Josie says:

    Hi Mica,

    I just clicked on your URL from My 1st Impressions FB post today because of the cool name of your site. After reading your “About” page, I just had to comment here. I admire all your talents.

    First of all, I love this recipe! When Conrad and I were in Melbourne a few years ago I had this divine dessert at a restaurant. The whole meal was magical as we listened to a guitar player in one of those cool alley eateries and shared a delicious Italian meal, after which I ordered sticky pudding.

    I have tried to recreate it back at home, but have been unsuccessful at really nailing it. I am anxious to try your version! And by the way, I doubt that I can resist eating the caramel by the spoonfuls!

    Next, I wanted to remind you, if you don’t already know, about house sitting. It is perfect for slow travelers such as yourselves. My blog tells you all about it. I attempt to get more people excited about it because house sitting has truly changed our lives for the better.

    Wishing you happy and safe travels always and all ways.


    • Mica says:

      Hi Josie,

      So nice of you to comment and stop by, thank you! I used to make this recipe every other day at the restaurant I worked at in Cairns, and I was surprised at how simple it was- and the caramel sauce is devine. I made this for my cousin in florida for her birthday and she went crazy. I would love to hear how yours turns out, or if you have any questions please stop by my FB page and let me know! I can definitely help you out. And yes, we do know about house sitting- as a matter of fact we are on our 3rd house sit right now in Turkey! We love it. Hope to get 1 or 2 more before the end of the year.

      I will be checking out your blog for more tips definitely.

      Safe travels to you & Conrad!

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