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Old Fashioned Date Pudding

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.
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
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 407kcal
Author: Barbara



  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spread pudding cake mixture into prepared bread pan; pour sauce over batter.
  • 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.
  • Serve warm or cold, topped with the sauce from the bottom of the pan. Dollop with whipped cream if desired.


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.


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