Sticky Date Cupcakes With Caramel Icing

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

Taken from the Masterchef Junior Cookbook. I plan to try these with gluten-free flour - the recipe is otherwise gf suitable

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C Line 18 holes of muffin pans (1/3 cup measure) with paper cases. This recipe uses 'regular' muffin pan size not the Texan/large style.
  2. Combine the dates and 1 1/4 cups boiling water in a small saucepan, Bring to the boil over low-medium heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and mash lightly with a potato masher. Stir in the bicarb/baking soda and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter and brown sugar into the warm date mixture until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  5. Stir in the eggs until combined.
  6. SIft in the flour and ginger, then fold in with a metal spoon until combined.
  7. Divide the mixture into the paper cases and smooth the mixture over with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until the tops are firm when touched.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  10. To make the icing- combine the butter, brown sugar and the cream in a small saucepan over a low heat, stir until the sugar dissolves.
  11. Bring the mixture to just below boiling point, then reduce the heat to low-medium and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened.
  12. Remove from the heat and gradually beat in the ising sugar until smooth.
  13. Spread the icing onto cakes and decorate by sprinkling with the optional sugar.
Most Helpful

Thanks for the recipe!. Came out to be perfect and tastes yummy. Will sure save this recipe for my to do list.

Harshitha M. February 03, 2016

I made these for husbands work function and taste tested before sending them out and i have to say an awsome recipie. I added extra icing sugar to thicken the icing so i could pipe onto cakes.

Jojomum May 21, 2013

I only made the icing to use with another Sticky Date's very runny, more of a glaze, I will try to save it by adding more icing sugar. Disappointing.

wendyworldly September 02, 2012