Old Fashioned Date Pudding – Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

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Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream. One whiff or bite will take you back to Grandma’s kitchen.

Old Fashioned Date Pudding Recipe:

I love a challenge, especially with an ending that puts a big bowl of warm date pudding cake in front of me.  My friend, Patty asked if I could find a Date Pudding like the one her mom used to make. Now, Patty is the woman behind our favorite French Onion Joes recipe, so I knew that if I could find this recipe, it would be one that I would want for myself too.

While sticky date cake isn’t something that I had ever eaten previously, it is now one of my favorite old fashioned desserts.

Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream. One whiff or bite will take you back to Grandma's kitchen. 

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Patty remembers her mom making this vintage recipe around Thanksgiving or Christmas.  In her words, “this recipe is special.” This is exactly what I love about recipes.  One smell or one bite can instantly take you back in time.

Patty described her mom’s date pudding recipe as a kind of traditional bread pudding where you spoon the sauce over the top after you dish out a portion on the serving plate. So I set out on the hunt for a sticky date pudding recipe. Turns out, I didn’t have to look far. I found not one, but six different versions of this pudding in one of my favorite cookbooks.

Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream. One whiff or bite will take you back to Grandma's kitchen. 

Date Pudding Cobbler

The star of this recipe is the dates, and dried dates are easy to find at least during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. I bought a big box of California Figs from Costco and chopped them myself for this recipe.  If you use whole dates, watch out for the seeds. You’ll want to remove them before adding to the pudding, or buy pitted dates or the ones pre-chopped.

If you’ve never tried a date, you are missing out.  They are very sweet because they are high in sugar, but they are also high in fiber and protein. So watch out, don’t eat too many at once.

Sticky Date Loaf Cake Ingredients

Water

Brown Sugar

Butter

Vanilla

Flour

Baking Powder

Salt

Sugar

Dried Dates

Chopped Nuts (optional)

Milk

How to Make Sticky Date Pudding:

Instructions:

  1. For the sauce, boil water, brown sugar and butter for three minutes; add vanilla and take off heat to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, mix sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; add in chopped dates, nuts and milk to form a sticky pudding batter.
  3. Spread the batter in a bread pan sprayed with cooking spray; pour sauce over top.
  4. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 1 hour or until the center is not gooey.
  5. Serve with the sticky sauce poured over top (it falls to the bottom) and whipped cream.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for this old fashioned date pudding recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream. One whiff or bite will take you back to Grandma's kitchen. 

Notes About Sticky Date Pudding Cake:

  • This sticky date pudding has two parts – a fudge-like cake layer and a sticky butterscotch sauce that falls to the bottom.
  • To serve, spoon the butterscotch sauce from the bottom of the pan over top the date cake.  Homemade whipped cream is the perfect complement, so try this recipe from Vintage Tin.
  • Swap margarine for butter if needed or desired.
  • This old fashioned date pudding cake calls for 1 cup chopped dates, but you can add a little more if desired.  Try a heaping cup!
  • Either buy the dates pre-chopped or chop your own, but be sure to remove the seeds while chopping.
  • This date pudding recipe takes about an hour in the oven, but if the center looks wet and not completely cooked, leave it in the oven for 5 to 10 more minutes until it matches the rest of the cake. However, you don’t want to overcook, it is supposed to be sticky – just not wet.
  • We love old fashioned desserts. Try Grandma’s Cherry Fluff, Apple Pudding Cake, and Rhubarb Cake.

 

The Best Old Fashioned Desserts

Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie is a simple, old fashioned recipe that features fresh lemon juice.  This recipe is a lemon pie without cornstarch instead using regular flour as a thickener.  It's the perfect balance between sweet and tart, and the rustic appearance makes it a favorite among amateur bakers.

Rhubarb Crunch 

This sweet, crunchy Rhubarb Crumble with oats is just like Grandma used to serve. Rhubarb crunch is an old fashioned recipe.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce 

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce is a great dessert that can be made with fresh apples or with a can of apple pie filling. Follow these easy instructions for either version of this yummy warm apple cake. 

Old Fashioned Date Pudding - Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream. One whiff or bite will take you back to Grandma's kitchen.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Date Pudding, Date Pudding Cake, Old Fashioned Date Pudding, Sticky Date Pudding, Sticky Date Pudding Cake, sticky date pudding with caramel sauce
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 407kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Pudding Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped dates (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  • Spray a 9 x 5 inch pan (bread pan) with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • For the sauce, boil together water, brown sugar and butter for 3 minutes in a small saucepan; add vanilla and take off heat to slightly cool while putting together pudding.
    Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt; add milk, chopped dates and vanilla. Mix together until a thick, sticky batter forms.
    Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Spread pudding cake mixture into prepared bread pan; pour sauce over batter.
    Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour. If the center still looks wet after an hour, continue to cook 5 to 10 minutes until the center is set. The cake will be sticky, and the sauce layer will move to the bottom.
    Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Serve warm or cold, topped with the sauce from the bottom of the pan. Dollop with whipped cream if desired.
    Old Fashioned Date Pudding features a date cake with a rich, sticky caramel sauce that separates to the bottom while cooking. Serve warm with the sticky sauce poured over top and a dollop of whipped cream.

Notes

Notes About Sticky Date Pudding Cake:

  • This sticky date pudding has two parts - a fudge-like cake layer and a sticky butterscotch sauce that falls to the bottom.
  • To serve, spoon the butterscotch sauce from the bottom of the pan over top the date cake.  Homemade whipped cream is the perfect complement.
  • Swap margarine for butter if needed or desired.
  • This old fashioned date pudding cake calls for 1 cup chopped dates, but you can add a little more if desired.  Try a heaping cup!
  • Either buy the dates pre-chopped or chop your own, but be sure to remove the seeds while chopping.
  • This date pudding recipe takes about an hour in the oven, but if the center looks wet and not completely cooked, leave it in the oven for 5 to 10 more minutes until it matches the rest of the cake. However, you don't want to overcook this dessert. it is supposed to be sticky - just not wet.
  • We love old fashioned desserts. Try Grandma's Cherry Fluff, Apple Pudding Cake, and Rhubarb Cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

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