Sticky Date Pudding with Rum Caramel Sauce

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Whole Wheat Dessert, Eggless Dessert, Butter less Dessert, Olive Oil in BakingIf you want something rich, delicious, and luxurious, try this Sticky date Pudding with Rum Caramel Sauce.  The decadent rum caramel sauce makes adds loads of flavor and moistness to this already rich cake. And I’m not kidding! This dessert will make you HAPPY Perfect for fall evenings to autumn tea parties to long winter nights. Cozy up with your loved ones and enjoy this deliriously delicious sticky date pudding.

I made this Sticky Date Pudding with Rum Sauce, keeping my Ma in my mind. Mother’s Day is this month and I wanted to make something that she would actually like, and dedicate a post to her. Well, honestly speaking, all my recipes have her touch in some way or other.., so it doesn’t really make sense to dedicate only this one to her.

So, why the Rum Caramel Sauce then?Optimized-Date Cake 1Went out for dessert and drinks last Friday with a friend. We ordered this Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce. It was DELICIOUS. The Date pudding with the rum caramel sauce was warm and then it was topped with cold vanilla ice cream.

Date cakes are not new to me.  I invariably always make them, every time my parents visit me here. But this time, I added this Rum Caramel sauce as a twist and also instead of baking the date cake in a loaf pan, I baked these small mini cakes. That way, I don’t have to pour hot Rum Caramel Sauce on the whole loaf.

These individual servings are best when people are picky about how they want it. Speaking for myself, I want my Sticky Date Puddings with Rum Caramel Sauce a little warmed up and then topped with some good vanilla ice cream.

I also made these cakes with whole wheat flour and added neither eggs and nor butter.

If I have to bake one dessert for my mom, it has to be this Sticky Date Pudding. She would skip the Rum Caramel Sauce and the Ice cream, but she would gladly enjoy the mini-date cakes with her tea. She doesn’t add any sugar or milk in her tea. And these mini-Date cakes go perfectly with black coffee or tea.Sticky-Date-Pudding-with-Rum-Caramel-Sauce


Optimized-Date Cake 4Now to the recipe –


For the Date Cakes

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (Add more if you like)
  • 30 seedless dates
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 TSP baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 TSP vanilla essence

For the Rum Carmel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cold unsalted butter


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees F
  • Slightly butter the muffin tins
  • Pour the milk on the dates and warm in the Microwave for a minute or two. This will soften the dates
  • Grind the dates along with the milk in a blender.
  • Add the sugar to this date mixture and mix well.
  • Shift the whole wheat, salt, and soda together and mix the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
  • Do not over mix. Just mix enough with a spatula so that they all blend together. Stir in the vanilla essence.
  • Pour the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 35/40 minutes.
  • For the Rum Carmel sauce –
    • Combine the sugar and hot water in a heavy saucepan, and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens and turns a deep brown color, 5 to 8 minutes.
    • Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the heavy cream (be careful — the mixture will splatter). Return the pan to the heat and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the sauce is thick and creamy, stirring occasionally to help incorporate the cream, about 5 minutes.
    • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum, vanilla, and butter.


Pour warm rum caramel sauce on the date cakes and then top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Drizzle some more sauce on top and enjoy.

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50 Comments Add yours

  1. mittskolearbeid says:

    This looks absolutely, divine! It’s definitely on my to-bake list 🙂


  2. Maria Margareta says:

    Wow! These look amazing!❤


  3. lulu says:

    Is this similar to sticky toffee pudding? I am making this as soon as I get the dates!


  4. Aruna says:

    It is the Rum Caramel Sauce that caught my eye…. 😀 😀 The pudding looks delicious too. 😉

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  5. Sumith says:

    An absolute relish! Beautiful post Aish.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kristina says:

    These look so good!! Never had dates before so now I have to try them. I love caramel so this looks perfect for a delicious dessert.

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  7. I’ve never had sticky pudding, but it sounds and looks amazingly sticky and delicious! And that rum caramel sauce?! Sign me up!


  8. terristeffes says:

    Ok, this looks like a decadent treat and with that caramel sauce, I would be over the moon about it!


  9. Oh my gosh! Wow! Now that’s a dessert! I can’t wait to make this. It looks amazing. Total show stopper!


  10. Mouth watering! I will give this a try and I hope it’s still delicious even if I will not put rum!


  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    Beautiful recipe! It’s definitely worth making especially for someone as special as our mom. I think it’s nice that you added the caramel rum sauce.


  12. I would gladly make this for me and my husband for tea time. I think it’s a lovely recipe that’s not so difficult to make.


  13. Roxanne says:

    This looks so delicious and perfectly timed! I have a package of dates left I need to use and had no idea what to make! yay!


  14. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks easy enough for me to be able to make this myself 😉


  15. Jenny says:

    I’m so impressed by people who try creative desserts. I’m always so boring with my choices. This look delicious.

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  16. This dessert looks divine. I love using dates in my recipes because they add such a unique, rich flavor. And who can say no to a rum sauce.

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  17. Lydia says:

    I’ve never made any date dessert but this looks SO good. YUM. I love the caramel sauce, too.

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  18. reesa says:

    Wow this is just beautiful!!!! I never thought to use dates in this way! They must be so good with that sauce too!!!


  19. this is a gorgeous dessert! I am not a big baker but I think I could pull this one off. Thanks for the recipe

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  20. What a beautiful dessert! This looks like an amazing way to add something amazing to dinner.


  21. The Everyday Mom Life says:

    These look delicious! I love that you used muffin tins so they are already in individual servings for people.


  22. Omg can we say yum?!? I just love caramel anything!!! I will definitely be giving your recipe a try!!! Deliciousness


  23. That looks so good! I would love to try this. As a matter of fact, I would love to have some right now, There’s nothing like rum in a recipe.


  24. Lynn Feinberg says:

    There is no sugar noted in ingredients list for sauce. Please verify ingredients in both pieces of recipe.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Hey Lynn!! Good catch. Updated the recipe now.


  26. I can’t believe how good this dessert looks. I’m a huge chocolate fan so I know that I would love this treat.

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  27. Trisha says:

    This looks gorgeous … and I love the sound of that rum caramel sauce. This is my first time visiting your blog and I have to say, its beautiful. I can’t wait to see more.


  28. deepa says:

    Hi may i know if i can use this as a normal cake without the dates. As i like the eggless recipe but do not favour dates


  29. Ah no! you have my mouth watering! After the summer I must try this… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    If you have time, please check out my latest post about Brick &Liquor Cocktail bar – and let me know what you think!

    Happy blogging! x

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  30. wow so delicious! I love how dates make cakes sort of toffee like

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  31. Gauri Bahal says:

    Looks yummy .. how may muffins would this yield please ?

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  32. circleskirtsandpetticoats says:

    Oh my goodness does this sound delicious! I’m definitely saving this recipe for later!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Thank You, Gauri. About 10/12 muffins.


  34. Amanda says:

    Stop it with that caramel drizzle!!! Yum! Making this tomorrow!

    Liked by 1 person

  35. These look so moist and delicious! I am so excited to make this recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

  36. Your photographs are absolutely lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. madisonfichtl says:

    This looks so heavenly! I love cooking with dates and will have to try this recipe next!

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Abbigayle @ Her Luxe Travels says:

    oh my gosh this is literally making my mouth water! super yummy

    Liked by 1 person

  39. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂 (I pinned this as well, maybe one day I will attempt it!)

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  40. Thank you, Lauren. Tag me when you make it


  41. Thank you Abbigayle


  42. Joanna Clute says:

    I’ve never had something like this before. It looks far too delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Usha says:

    Hi..this is my first time on your blog and i am hooked.i would like to try this but just wanna ask if i can replace wholewheat with all-purpose flour for a lighter texture?

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Usha – yes, absolutely. It will taste even better.


  45. Date pudding is in the oven and I am waiting for the result. Urs looks lovely 🙂


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