Sticky Date Cupcakes

Updated April 27, 2016
This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

When I was in London several years ago, I fell in love with sticky date pudding cakes. I promised myself that I would include a version in one of my cookbooks. Baking these divine cakes in a cupcake pan turned out to be a natural. Make sure to top the warm cupcakes with warm Chocolate Toffee Sauce for a killer dessert.

You can make these cupcakes up to 1 week ahead. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them in resealable plastic freezer bags. Thaw, warm slightly and serve with hot Chocolate Toffee Sauce.

Makes12 cupcakes

Cooking MethodBaking



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

EquipmentElectric Mixer

MealBrunch, Dinner, Tea


Taste and TextureButtery, Chewy, Chocolatey, Sweet

Type of DishDessert


  • 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) pitted dates (7 oz/210 g), chopped
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp ( 7 mL) baking powder
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) milk
  • Chocolate Toffee Sauce
  • Muffin pan, lined with paper liners


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine dates and water. Cook until dates are soft and water is absorbed. Set aside and let cool.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together granulated and brown sugars and butter until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture, beating until combined. Add milk and reserved date mixture, beating until smooth.

Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.

Remove paper liners from cupcakes. Top warm cupcakes with Chocolate Toffee Sauce.

Variation: Add 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped semisweet chocolate to the batter.



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