It’s A Date- Sticky Toffee Date Cake

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Did you know the date cake first originated in England though it does have somewhat of a disputed history? Compared to some of the other cakes, this only made it to the table in the 1970s. It is known as Sticky toffee pudding in England and Sticky Toffee Date pudding in Australia and New Zealand. Who doesn’t love the taste of dates combined with a drizzle of sticky toffee sauce over a moist cake? The toffee sauce is so addictive that you will really have to stop yourself from drowning the cake in it.

This is an absolute favorite in our house and it is a recipe that I have shared with friends for years. Pair it with a slightly warm slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for your taste buds to come alive.ย  Make it a date night to remember.

Lately, most of my cakes have been gluten-free and my go-to flour is Bobโ€™s Red Mill โ€“ 1-to-1 . After many trials and tribulations, this is the one that has consistently worked best for me. The creativity of the cake depends on your personal choice and mood. I have an array of cake pans and the cakes look differnet depending on the pan that I use. Check out the list at the end of the post to see some of my favorites. I also love getting creative with fresh flowers, fruits, chocolate flakes, and edible bling.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, cake, date, gluten free


  • 1ยผ cup All-purpose flour or gluten-free flour(Bob's Red Mill)
  • 16 Pitted Dates can reduce to 10/12 for less sweet ( boil in 1/2 cup water )
  • ยพ cup Fine sugar
  • 4 Eggs or use egg replacer
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ยฝ tsp Baking soda
  • ยฝ cup Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • pinch Salt

Toffee Sauce

  • ยผ cup Dark brown sugar
  • โ…“ cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Sour cream
  • Pinch Sea Salt


  • Boil 14 dates in ยฝ cup water for like 5 minutes and grind to a paste using the water you boiled with. Try not to use too much water( donโ€™t have to use all the water)
  • Chop the remaining 2 dates in small pieces for later
  • In a large bowl, mix the oil and sugar for a few minutes
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt one by one (make sure each one is mixed before you mix the next one)
  • Then add the eggs one by one (make sure each one is mixed before adding the next)
  • Then add the vanilla essence and date paste and mix again
  • Add the chopped dates to the top of the baking pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean)

Toffee Sauce

  • Melt sugar and butter over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and its thick and smooth(whisk constantly)
  • Turn off heat and add vanilla/sour cream/salt and mix again

Assembly of Cake

  • Sprinkle the cake with torn dates so it screams dates and drizzle the toffee sauce over the cake while its warm .If the sauce has cooled down, reheat in pan over low heat until warm.
    Serve teh cake slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream ad can also serve with a side of the toffee sauce in case a extra or two is needed.

Check out some of the cake pans in this post and also my favorites.

Brilliance Bundt Pan

Swirly Bundt Pan

Blossom Bundt Pan

Blossom Bundt 2 Pan

As always have FUN IN YOUR KITCHEN as every creation is your very own, and one of its kind masterpieces.

This is my creation that I am sharing. If you try the recipe, do tag me on Instagram – Footprint The World and add the tag #footprinttheworld as it’s always so fun to see the different variations.

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