Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
This recipe was given to me by an English coworker, and it is unbelievable! Would make a great dessert for a holiday dinner. It's called a pudding, however, this is a moist cake with a caramel topping (the sticky part). You'll find that the caramel recipe alone is great, and could be used for many different things.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3⁄4 cup pitted dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup cream
- Directions for Pudding:.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop the dates as finely as you prefer (if you like chunks in your cake, keep them bigger, but I usually like small small pieces).
- Boil the water and pour over the dates. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Let soak for about 5 minutes or so.
- While the dates soak, cream the softened butter and sugar with a mixer (paddle attachment helps).
- Add the egg and beat until combined and smooth. Add the flour.
- Stir in soaked date mixture and mix until combined.
- Place into 8 x 8 (or something similar) greased baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Toothpick or knife should come out clean when done. Be sure to check at 30 minutes, since oven times may vary.
- Directions for sauce:.
- Melt butter in saucepan.
- Add brown sugar and cream, bring to a boil.
- Boil for 2-3 mins until texture is slightly fudgy and velvety.
- Serve cake warm with warm sauce. We add the cooled sauce to the top of the cake and warm in microwave for 20 seconds, then top with a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip.
- The more sauce you use, the stickier the wicket!
Came out perfectly! Such an easy recipe. We topped it with custard as was the custom in Scotland and Wales where I ha eaten it before. Delicious!
We made our gluten-free with GF flour and it was still TO DIE FOR. This is definitely being added to our Christmas traditions.
Excellent recipe, very rich.