Australian-Style Date Pudding

Australian-Style Date Pudding

Sticky date pudding, a standard Australian dessert. This is a date sponge cake topped with caramel sauce. It's pretty sweet, but delicious. This recipe uses 1 cup = 250 ml (US system).

Ingredients: 1 18 cm round pan

Dates (seeds removed)
120 g
Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon
Boiling water
1 cup
60 g
Brown sugar
1/2 cup
Vanilla extract
a small amount
Self-rising flour
1 cup
★Brown sugar
1/2 cup
★Heavy cream
150 ml
30 g
★Vanilla extract
a small amount


1. Finely chop up the dates and add to a bowl. Top with the baking soda. Pour in hot water, lightly mix, and let sit for 20 minutes.
2. Combine the room temperature butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Use a whisk to mix well. Once it's creamy add the egg and continue to mix.
3. Add the soaked dates to Step 2 and use a spoon or spatula to mix. Sift in the flour and fold in.
4. Pour into a baking pan covered with parchment paper, and bake in the preheated oven at 175℃ for 30 minutes (adjust the time depending on how it's cooking).
5. Make the caramel sauce. Add all of the ★ ingredients to a saucepan and heat. Once it starts to boil, reduce to low heat and simmer for a few minutes. Pour on top of the baked pudding and enjoy. It's most delicious when eaten warm.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a common Australian recipe. I'd eaten this in cafes and wanted to try making it myself. So I looked up the recipe and gave it a shot. This pudding refers to a baked cake with dry fruits mixed in. It's pretty high in calories.