Dad's secret weapon 30 minute sticky toffee pudding

    30 min

    This is my secret weapon when in need of a proper, homely desert - quickly. Most supermarkets have cheap packs of loaf cakes – they come in different flavours: date and walnut, chocolate, ginger, lemon drizzle, etc. When I feel like a pudding but do not have the time or inclination for a full-on bake, I might pick-up one of these and cheat my way to a tasty sticky toffee pudding. The cakes are always rather dry and uninteresting. The solution: make a quick a suitable sauce to pour over them. A good combo to make is a date and walnut-type loaf with a homemade sticky toffee sauce.


    Surrey, England, UK
    18 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 ripe banana
    • a few chopped dates
    • 4 tablespoons compacted molasses sugar
    • 30g butter
    • 100ml double cream
    • 1 supermarket loaf cake

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Take a small frying pan, place over medium heat and add the banana. Next stir in the dates, sugar, butter and cream. Heat and cook until well mixed and bubbling.
    3. Cut the cake into however many portions you like (keeping it all together - see photo at the end) and put it into a baking dish. Then pour over the sauce.
    4. Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes until heated through and bubbling on the top.
    5. Take out the oven and serve your sticky toffee pudding while it's warm with cooling cream or ice cream.


    As the sauce makes its way around the cake it will turn some of it into a pudding consistency. The top of the cake will be hot, caramelised and crunchy and what’s left of the boring loaf cake is transformed by the heat and its new saucy coating. A very useful cheat for a quick family desert.

    For the cake...

    Use a basic cake, such as a date and walnut loaf cake, which you can buy at Sainsbury's for £1.30.

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