sticky date mini bundt cakes


it may be considered a bit late to talk resolutions, but in this case, better late than never! to be honest, i’m not sure i believe in restricting oneself to new year’s resolutions. as long as we’re all actively growing into the best versions of ourselves, it shouldn’t matter what time of year one chooses to resolve to grow as a person. one of my resolutions for 2013 and for years to follow is to dive deeper into my food blogging. i’m hoping you will all hold me to it! i’m looking forward to expanding my experience with baking and cooking, learning more about food photography, and just being an overall more adventurous person in the kitchen! these sticky date mini bundt cakes are such a special treat, and they’ve completely won over my mother’s heart. i don’t think i’ll ever be allowed to make these unless she is around to enjoy them! my mother is so stinking supportive and it’s wonderful. i’m so thankful to have her cheering me on through everything i pursue. so this post is dedicated to my mom, to delicious cake, and to enjoying delicious cake with my mom over the kitchen counter because we’re too excited to wait until we get to the dining table. oh, and please do yourself a favor and do not get turned off by the idea of dates in your dessert – the dates bring the cake an elevated amount moisture and a lovely subtle flavor. i promise this cake is so delicious. and if you wanted to top each mini bundt cake with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream, i wouldn’t blame you :) enjoy!

sticky date mini bundt cakes (aka sticky toffee pudding)

adapted from home baked comfort
yeilds 6 mini bundt cakes


  • 1/2 cup pitted and finely chopped dates
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 4 tbsp (half stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

for the toffee sauce:

  • 4 tbsp (half stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. preheat oven to 350°F. butter and flour a mini bundt pan.
  2. in a small bowl, combine the dates and baking soda with the boiling water. let stand until cool, about ten minutes.
  3. in a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. set aside.
  4. in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until lightened. add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. beat in the vanilla. remove the bowl from the mixer. add the flour mixture and stir by hand to combine. add the date mixture and stir well. batter will be thin. fill mini bundt pan wells two-thirds full, splitting the batter evenly among the six wells in the pan.
  5. bake until the cakes are puffed and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, approximately 20 minutes.
  6. while the cakes are baking, prepare the toffee sauce: in a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. add the brown sugar and heavy cream and stir until the sauce gets sticky, approximately five minutes.
  7. to serve, allow the cakes to cool for approximately five to ten minutes, then unmold each bundt cake onto a plate and drizzle a generous amount of toffee sauce over the top. top each bundt with a scoop of ice cream and serve warm.
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7 thoughts on “sticky date mini bundt cakes

  1. Nancy says:

    Lovely post! Wonderful to have a supportive mother on your side as you move through your journey of life!! So sweet to also be able to share all these wonderful recipes of yours with her. I can’t wait to try this one!!!!!

  2. Alyssa (Cousin ;) says:

    I’m going to try this!!! I absolutely LIVE for the sticky toffee date cake at The Living Room (and i don’t usually consider dessert “dessert” unless there is chocolate involved ;) xo

  3. luckybakes says:

    nancy – she’s the best! i love to fill her up with sweets when i’m home. next up on her request list is something vanilla! thanks for the sweet comment :)

    alyssa – you definitely HAVE to try this! i too share your chocolate-centric dessert philosophy. my first experience with sticky toffee date cake was at 1770 house. my boyfriend works there and he insisted i order it once, and i was hooked at first bite! i bet you’ll be so happy making these at home :) thanks for reading!

  4. Marian says:

    These look delish!!! What a sweet, sweet post, in more ways than one!!! Can’t wait to try these with gf flour. Just love that your following this passion of yours. luv luv

  5. Nida says:

    These were delectable. Just like sticky toffee pudding but better cuz they were in miniature form. I made 12 really small bundts and they came out perfect! Thanks (:

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