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Sticky Date Pudding

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This sticky date pudding is what dreams are made of! It is so moist and full of date flavor. The cake is subtly sweet despite being drizzled with a silky smooth butterscotch sauce. The cake itself has minimal sugar and is sweetened mainly from the date’s natural sweetness. The homemade butterscotch sauce gives it a luscious and extra moist texture while the nuts offer a needed crunch.

When I think dates, I automatically think of Ramadan and with it upon us; this is the perfect cake for the occasion. Imagine this as the center piece dessert that I promise everyone will enjoy. Serve with the homemade butterscotch sauce and some vanilla or coffee ice cream for the complete dessert experience that everyone will enjoy.

Now, would you believe me if I say that this cake is easy to make? You can have it done in just an hour’s time with simple ingredients and instructions. I used Natural Delights Whole Medjool dates for these as they are meaty, add the perfect amount of sweetness, and fresh. Not only that, but they are free of any preservatives, pesticides, and easy to find in most local supermarkets. Check them out next time you are grocery shopping!

Traditional sticky date pudding which is an Australian classic dessert does not include nuts on top but I thought it would add a great textural factor. It sure did! I can’t imagine it without the nuts which by the way, walnuts or pecans would be most ideal to complement this cake. This cake is good for days and the butterscotch sauce can be saved in a jar in the fridge. I use homemade butterscotch for other desserts like ice cream sundaes!

Other date recipes you may enjoy: Date Shake, Vegan Date Bars, Date Walnut cookies

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4.99 from 81 votes

Sticky Date Pudding

This cake is so moist, packed with dates, topped with nuts and soaked in a silky smooth butterscotch sauce!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Arabic, Australlian
Keyword: date cake, date cake recipe, Fufus Kitchen, sticky date pudding, sticky date pudding cake
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Heifa

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Natural Delights Medjool Dates (No pits, or stems), chopped about 15 dates
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar light or dark
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavor
  • 1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped as topping

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Table salt

Instructions

  • Grab a bowl and add the chopped dates to it. Sprinkle with the baking soda and add the boiling water to the dates. Set this aside for 15 min. Then, grab a potato masher and mash the dates with the water until it resembles mush.
  • Next, in a bowl or kitchenaid with a paddle attachment; add the butter and sugar. Cream the two together either with an electric beater or the kitchenaid with the paddle attachment.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla to this and mix it together.
  • Then, add the flour, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and baking powder. Mix again.
  • Add in the date mixture a little at a time to the batter and mix everything together into a nice cake batter.
  • Grease an 8inch round baking pan and place parchment paper into it as well to avoid the cake sticking.
  • Pour the cake batter and spread evenly. Top with the nuts all over the surface area. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes until baked through. Depending what size pan you use, baking time can vary.
  • In the meantime, make the butterscotch sauce by first melting the butter then adding the sugar to the butter. Lastly, add the cream, salt, vanilla. Stir together and let this come to a boil for about 4 minutes stirring every now and then. Let this cool and it will thicken as it cools.
  • Once the cake comes out of the oven, with a skewer; poke small holes into the top of the cake. Drizzle some butterscotch sauce all over the top and let it soak into the cake.
  • Allow cake to cool then slice into the cake. Drizzle each slice with more butterscotch and a scoop of ice cream! Enjoy!

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174 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The picture just screams “make me!” I didnt have all the ingredients but couldn’t wait so i made it anyway just substituting brown sugar with white cause that is what i had at the time. Still turned out so good and the caramel syrup is what makes the cake for me. I made it right before ramadan and its such a nice intro to the holy month. Thank you Haifa. Your website is fantastic !

      1. Such an amazing treat! The recipe was easy to follow and I found the ingredients easily accessible. It is my favorite cake I’ve ever made at home. Not only was it so delicious, but it was so gorgeous . Everyone was a fan. Will definitely make again.

        1. 5 stars
          This recipe was amazing! It was my first time making butterscotch but it was so easy! The cake base was just so good too. I’ll be making this again next weekend, have to use up those Ramadan dates!

    1. 5 stars
      Love everything about this cake. It has a perfectly balanced sweetness! Mashallah it will definitely be a new staple desert in my home!

    2. 5 stars
      I jsut made the sticky date pudding cake it was AMAZINGGGGG!!! What a great recipe ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

    3. 5 stars
      The sticky date cake was absolutely delicious! Everyone loved it and said it tasted very similar to a cinnamon roll. Will definitely become a ramadan staple in my home from now on. Thank you!

      1. Sure thing, make the night before and keep covered room temperature. If more than one night, then you would need to refrigerate.

    4. 5 stars
      You won’t find a better recipe than this! No need to change a thing, it is perfection ๐Ÿคค. The butterscotch sauce is out of this world, resist the urge to drink it all before it goes on the cake.

  2. 5 stars
    love how organized and beautiful her recipes are..everything is perfection..Fufu is truly an amazzzing chef

      1. 5 stars
        Just had to make this!!! Alhamdulillah came out just perfect. You are awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ maashallah

      2. Salaam! I’m excited to make this this weekend. I was just wondering, what is the largest pan size I can use without compromising the quality of the cake? Would a 9×11 pan be too large? How about a Bundt pan? 9 inch pan?

        1. Salams!
          So, 9 by 11 would be a little too big making the cake not as thick but it will still be tasty but may require less baking time! I would recommend either an 8 or 9-inch square or round baking pan. 9-inch bundt cake pan should be fine. I just don’t prefer using those when working with nuts as a topping as sometimes it sticks to the bundt pan.

      3. 5 stars
        I’m Making the date cake for an Azuma tonight Inshallah everyone enjoys it looks amazing can’t wait to try it!! Thank you for such a easy followed recipe!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi.. The cake looks delicious.. could you clarify is it light brown sugar or dark brown sugar ? Or can I use sugar in the raw? thank you!

      1. This recipe is amazing!! Just perfect for Ramadan as well! It came out delicious and was super simple to make. Love how fufus recipes are simple and organized! I’ll definitely be making this again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Nothing short of absolutely delicious…Alhamdulillah! That butterscotch just took it to another level. Kudos Heifa..your recipes are awesome..maashallah๐Ÿ’–

      1. 5 stars
        The sticky date pudding is AMAZING!! I worried that I had overcooked it and it still turned out SOOO GOOD after adding the sauce. I left mine in the pan so that the sauce could seep in all around. 10/10, will definitely make again!

  5. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and everyone looooved it! Thank you for sharing. By the way, I reduce the sugar because my dad can’t take anything too sweet. But other than that, it was AMAZING and easy to follow ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Loved the recipe, it is soo easy to follow and the cake turned out so moist and not too sweet.. thank you for sharing it with us๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

    2. 5 stars
      Absolutely delicious. Made this yesterday for my parents and making it again today as there were no leftovers yesterday ๐Ÿคฃ

  6. 5 stars
    Okay so sticky date pudding is one of mine and my family’s FAV dessert and this recipe nailed it on its head!!! Perfect dessert for ramadan to share with your family and friends. My sister even told me “Yasmen that’s it we are making this every year new tradition for ramadan.” And that butterscotch, oh my ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค it was so good I’m making round 2 today for my inlaws!

      1. 5 stars
        I love it. So delicious and super easy to make. I wish I can attach a picture. Will be making this again for sure

  7. Oh my goodness everyone Hass to try and make this Date cake it’s the easiest cake recipe ever so light and fluffy not too sweet not hard at all my 12 year old helped me with it and the taste is amazing with a cuppa coffee hope you all can try it and it’s very delicious very delicious thank you for this recipe hope everyone tries it !

  8. 5 stars
    Such a fun and easy recipe to work with! Thank you for sharing it. Made it in a crescent mold to make it festive and fun for my littles

  9. 5 stars
    WOWWWWW! This is incredible 5/5! Delicious in every aspect. And insanely easy to make. I want to already make another one tomorrow. So good!!!!

  10. 5 stars
    Every recipe is just so delicious! I decided to make this for the second day of Ramadan and it was the perfect dessert!! Paired it with Butter Pecan Ice Cream and yummmm! My husband and I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to have some more tonight haha

  11. 5 stars
    I made Sticky Dates cake omg the most delicious I have ever made . It’s not too sweet. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ for sharing it with us all .

  12. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!!!! I love every dessert that has dates but this was something else…truly delicious. And the butterscotch sauce is the best I’ve ever had. I’m so excited to use it on everything. This cake was so easy to make and I’m definitely making it again and every Ramadan

  13. I could wait to make this cake, it looked amazing in the picture! I wasnโ€™t too sure about how it would turn out when I make it (always mess things up the first time around)
    This cake was so easy to make, with Haifas step by step instructions. Once I put it in the oven, I wished I wasnโ€™t fasting, because the smell was phenomenal!
    This is such an amazing cake, I topped it with the heavenly Butterscotch Sauce, and paired it with some coffee ice-cream. OMG I cant emphasize how great it tasted!

    Mashala Haifa has the best recipes, they always work with me from the first try!

  14. Loved the recipe, it is soo easy to follow and cake was moist and not too sweet. Thank you for sharing the recipe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜

  15. 5 stars
    Mashallah, Heifa! This is amazing! It was the perfect way to end our meal. The sweetness from the dates is JUST RIGHT. I can’t wait to make it again for my family!!

  16. 5 stars
    WOW! I’ve been following fufuinthekitchen on IG for a while and was craving this sticky date pudding cake that Fufu and others made. Very tasty, it was so moist and I was surprised how easy it was to make once I got down to it. 10/10 would make again on any occasion!

  17. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it came out so good. Thank you so much for sharing with us these recipes. I have tried a few of your recipes and everything has been so good. Thank you again โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

  18. 5 stars
    This was a hit after Iftar!! Everyone loved it, the sweetness was perfect & the sauce made a great combination! One person asked if I put chocolate in it another asked if it was carrot cake. No one realized it’s dates!!! It was sooo soft and delicious, I also couldn’t believe how much it rose while baking! Def trust the process! Very delicious & a dessert I’d make to bring to iftar/dinner parties.

  19. 5 stars
    Amazing.
    It smells good, it looks good.
    It’s so smooth and tasty and perfect for Ramadan because of the whole date theme. Husband loved it and the nuts add the perfect touch.
    Thank you Fufu!!

  20. 5 stars
    This cake was amazing! So good, I couldn’t stop sneaking bites of it all last night!

    As usual, Heifa’s recipe was super easy to follow and came out just as instructed! Love it, can’t wait to make it again for the next family gathering!

  21. 5 stars
    Bismillah Mashallah Allahu Akbar!
    This cake is AMAZZZZINGGG! Had it for iftar today and it was perfect. It was super moist, light, and not too sweet. It’s perfect with a nice cup of coffee after iftar.
    I had never had a date cake before and was honestly worried about the cake not being moist and too sweet bcuz of the dates but yoooo I was proven wrong by FufuInTheKitchen.

    I didn’t end up using all the butterscotch sauce for the cake but you put that based on personal preference.
    Additionally I tried canned coconut milk (the one from Trader Joe’s) instead of heavy cream for the sauce and it still came out super good.

    To whoever is reading this, don’t wait, just make the cake, trust me, you will thank Heifa later.
    Thank youuu Heifa for this delicious recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    Such a amazing treat! The recipe was so easy to follow and not only was it once of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever had , it just might be the most gorgeous one too. Thank you Heifa.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this and brought it with me for an iftar dinner that I was invited to and it was a hit! Everyone was eyeing the cake before it was even time to eat ๐Ÿคฃ it’s so so good Fufu this recipe is perfection! โค๏ธ

  24. 5 stars
    So, those that know me know that I tweak all recipes, but this right here was perfect! I’d never made anything similair to this so i followed it to the tee and it was a huge hit. the only thing i changed was the quantity (keeping the same ratio) of the buttersotch sauce because i dont like when I have extra and from her notes it seemed like there would be, I cut everything by a 1/4 and it was just the right amount. Thank you so much for sharing,
    Next up is the almond flour cake, yum!

  25. 5 stars
    I have looked everywhere to find this amazing cake recipe and this is by far the best. My husband and family loved it.
    Haifa your recepies are so friendly and very easy to follow. Thank you!

  26. 5 stars
    This cake was absolutely delicious. My guests loved it! We had people fighting over the last slice! It’s that good. It’s also so easy to make I had all the ingredients in my pantry already. Definitely becoming a staple dessert in my family!

  27. 5 stars
    This cake is so good I made it twice within one week. Was worried that it’d be too sweet but it was perfect!

  28. 5 stars
    This cake was absolutely delicious! The whole family loved it and it was so easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be making it again.

  29. 5 stars
    Really great recipe after iftar! My whole family loved i! It seems like it would be super sweet but it’s not at all

  30. 5 stars
    Made it for an iftar and everyone enjoyed. This was my first time making a date cake and so thrilled as to how easy and delicious it was. Thank you!

  31. 5 stars
    I’m not much of a baker but this Ramadan I saw Heifa make this cake and before I knew it I found myself in the kitchen giving it a try. And boy! It turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever baked!! So moist and just right. My husband couldn’t believe I had made the cake the Butterscotch sauce myself. Lol! It was. Pleasant surprise that didn’t last in the pan for long! ~thank you for sharing your recipe Heifa and turning me into a more confident baker. ๐Ÿ˜

    1. 5 stars
      This cake was so easy to make! Me and my family loved it and finished it in one sitting Alhamdulillah. We loved how the sweetness mainly came from the dates

  32. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and came out perfect all 4 times that I’ve made it this Ramadan! I substituted brown sugar for coconut sugar and the heavy cream with coconut milk and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  33. 5 stars
    This recipe is beyond AMAZING!!!! Everyone in the family devoured the cake! The recipe is perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 5 stars
    I made the sticky date pudding a couple of weeks ago and it was beyond delicious! The perfect combination and treat for Ramadan. I paired it with the Talenti Vanilla bean ice cream and it was perfect!

  35. 5 stars
    Literally one of the best date cakes I’ve ever eaten! It filled our home with warmth and an amazing aroma and we all enjoyed eating the cake so much! Super easy to make as well

  36. Super excited to make this recipe! If I were to double the recipe, what size pan would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

  37. 5 stars
    I have made this cake three times now and every time it has been a crowd pleaser! It is absolutely delicious and sooo tasty! The recipe is very easy to follow. I don’t mind I will make this cake 100 times more because of how much my family and friends loved it โค๏ธ. Thank you Heifa for another great and amazing recipe!

  38. So when I made this I had fasting brain so I didn’t read the part where it said to put the pecans on the top BEFORE u bake it. Nonetheless it still came out amazing and such a wonderful mix of flavors. Not too sweet! Also, I was surprised how easy it was to make! Loved it!

  39. Hi! I’m in the process of making this cake to bring as a gift to someone’s home tomorrow. Do you have any advice about whether I should put the sauce on now or wait until tomorrow, right before serving? I’m so excited and obviously bringing it over so I can have a piece too ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 4 stars
    Hi Heifa,

    The cake tasted amazing. I wanted to know does the cake have to be fully baked as in does the knife need to come out clean or does it have to be a little gooey. Mine was gooey.
    Please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Mayanka

    1. Hi Mayanka,
      It should be fully baked through but also taste gooey from the sauce. If you used a cake pan smaller than an 8 or 9 inch then it would require longer to bake. Glad you enjoyed the taste.

  41. 5 stars
    I’m not really fond of dates but this cake is amazing!! If you have dates leftover from Ramadan, this is the only recipe you need to finish them off in an extremely tasty way. This recipe will definitely be a staple in my household!! Thank you loads Heifa ๐Ÿ™‚ you are a genius for this recipe!!

    A question: how long can I store the butterscotch sauce if I want to make it in advance?

  42. 5 stars
    So I can’t eat gluten or dairy so unfortunately couldn’t really try this cake. However, I made it for an Iftar give out and got rave reviews from everyone and had everyone asking me for the recipe. They said it was perfectly sweet and delicious and moist.

    The only changes I made were to just blend the dates in my magic bullet and I cut the sugar in the butterscotch to 3/4 cup. I also only used half the butterscotch amount to pour so would probably make half the quantity next time. I also only ended up cooking it for 31 mins, due to the altitude of where I live I do notice that baking times can vary so I would try checking at 30 mins. I found the batch i made for 45 mins was a little drier.

    1. Hi Sana!
      You can try using GF All-purpose flour for this cake. Others have and it was successful for them. As for the dairy in the cake (the butter), I have seen vegans or those who have dairy intolerances try vegetable shortening in their baked goods.
      For the sauce, use any nut or coconut milk in place of heavy cream and then vegan butter. I am just throwing that out there in case you want to try it for yourself.
      Thanks for the review!

  43. 5 stars
    I’ve been making sticky date cake for years but sometimes can be far too sweet!
    This recipe is perfect amount of sweetness and probably the best caramel sauce I’ve ever made. Thank you so much for this simple and delicious recipe

  44. 5 stars
    Just made this! Tasted great! What a great way to use up all those boxes upon boxes of dates I have since Ramadan haha

  45. 5 stars
    We LOVE this cake!!! The first time I made it, I had unexpected company coming in less than an hour so I decided to quickly whip it up. They went crazy over it. I had about half the sauce leftover so I just kept it in the fridge until I had time to make the cake again. Both times, the cake was gone in less than 24 hours. It’s that good!! I love the contrasting textures and it’s perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but equally delicious on its own. If I could rate this recipe 100 stars I would!

  46. 5 stars
    We love anything with dates, so I made this for Eid. And WOW! My family loved it, even my kids! I will definitely be making this again.
    Thank you Heifa, for all your simple, delicious recipes. xx

  47. Thank you for the recipe Heifa, looks amazing.
    What would 1 cup equate to in grams? I can never get cup measurements right!
    Thanks x

  48. 5 stars
    I made this last night and I can’t stop eating it. Kind of messed up the sauce because I didn’t have all the ingredients but it came together fine. I’m thinking of even melting some butterscotch chips I have to drizzle on the top. Also, I think you could tweak this to make it as muffins and it would be fabulous. Thanks Heifa!

  49. I heavily dislike dates but the picture was too good to be true, so I decided to give it a try. The minute I tried it, I said to myself that I have been missing out on a lot. I love how the spices of cinnamon and ginger come through. I love how moist it is, how it’s easy to make, and definitely a crowd pleaser. I already recommended it to a bunch of friends too!

  50. 5 stars
    Heifa,
    Mashallah, your recipes are mind blowing. I typically dont like dates and donโ€™t eat them. After making your mammoul recipe last Eid, I tried a mammoul and loved it. Seeing this rexipe, I knew I had to give it a try and it does not disappoint!!! The perfect amount of cinnamon, ginger and dates. It made the house smell wonderful and was a perfect way to welcome fall on our first chilly night in Michigan! The butterscotch drizzle on top was the most perfect addition, everyone kept scooping up extra to put on their plate. This recipe is a keeper!!!

  51. 5 stars
    Beyond amazing recipe!! 36 weeks pregnant here and was craving and glad I could start eating dates. Came across this amazing recipe and had to try it! So light, and very very very delicious. Super easy to make too and didnโ€™t take long! I am so in love, I could eat this all day everyday!! โ™ฅ๏ธ

  52. 5 stars
    This recipe does not disappoint! Sent it to a family dinner and received comments in how amazing and delicious it is! The butterscotch sauce is amazing. Must try! Will be making again!

  53. 5 stars
    Wow! This was absolutely delicious! I made it yesterday for a family gathering and let me tell you, everyone loved it and people were fighting over the crumbs! Thank you so much for sharing this! I can’t wait to try out some more of your recipes ๐Ÿ’•

  54. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe today and it turned out finger licking good! Everyone loved it. Used only fifteen dates and followed the steps. Turned out perfect!

  55. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! The butterscotch sauce complements the cake so well! The over all process was quick and easy and very easy to follow. If you like dates this is the recipe you were looking for! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. 5 stars
    Iโ€™m an awful baker but this cake was so easy to make and unbelievably moist and so Moreish. The sticky sauce was addictive, definitely going to be my go to easy cake recipe for the future. Thanks for sharing fufu! X

  57. 5 stars
    Must try!!! Itโ€™s so good and easy to make. Itโ€™s amazing warm and cold! 10/10 one of the best cake recipes I have ever tried.

  58. 5 stars
    This cake was soooo delicious and super easy to make! Heifa’s recipe is simple and clear to follow and the result was spectacular! This will be my go-to dessert whenever I have guests over!!

  59. This dessert was soooo good!! My hubby devoured it! I also made it for my family when i visited UK in the summer of this year and they thoroughly enjoyed it too. As always easy to follow recipe with amazing results! Thank you!

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