I Confess I Like Katy Perry - Sticky Date Pudding

Cook Meter: Intermediate
Cost Meter: $ (unless you don't have the staples, flour, butter baking power and soda)

Last year I travelled to Brisbane to watch a Katy Perry concert with a friend of mine. It was one of the best concerts I have ever been too.  My usual musical tastes, are quite eclectic (mainly classic rock, indie, anything played on Triple J) but I must admit I told very few people I was going as I knew I would be ridiculed by most, to not only own both of her CDs but to be travelling to another city to see her concert.

What has this got to do with food, nothing really except that this recipe always make me think of her song "Hot and Cold". Hot and cold desserts, as I like to call them are, hot puddings, pies and the like, that are then slathered in ice-cream and/or cream. This melts into a decadent sauce that makes me drooooool...

Another recipe from Masterchef Kids be warned this recipe will serve an entire rugby team. When it came out of the oven I nearly had a heart attack and I had to freeze some and take it with me to Christmas dinner.

Sticky Date Pudding - adapted from the Masterchef Kids recipe


340g dried dates, pitted, chopped (Save yourself some time and buy the chopped ones, it took ages to do myself as they were so sticky!)

2 tsp baking soda
500ml water
120g butter
340g brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
340g self raising flour

Caramel Sauce
400g brown sugar
200ml cream
A stick of butter


1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Grease a 26cm tin (should have been my first clue to the size of the mixture). The recipe calls for a spring form tin. But I used one of those silicon "tins" and it worked just the same.

2. Put the date, baking soda and water into a (large enough to hold your entire mixture) saucepan and bring to the boil.

3. Turn down to a low heat and cook for about 3 -5 mins or until the dates begin to break apart. Once this has happened take off the heat and cool for about 3 mins.

4. Add the butter and stir until it has melted into the mixture.

5. Add lightly whisked eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix well.

6. Fold in your sifted flour and when just mixed pour into your greased tin.

7. Cook for an hour or until a skewer inserted and pulled out clean.

8. Add all of the sauce ingredients together on a medium heat until they have melted and combined.

9. Serve with a giant scoop (or two) of icecream.


  1. Hi Mel, this looks fantastic! It's so moist and rich looking - good start to the new year! Am following you on Google Connect, hope to see you on my site some time. I run a Friday Cooking Club and we have monthly themes. And we embark on our Chocolate month this Friday! Look forward to sharing! xx


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