Vegan sticky toffee pudding! Beautifully light sponge with date caramel sauce, rich with brown sugar!
Probably the best vegan sticky toffee pudding out there! Yes, this is a wintery dessert, and yes, it’s spring, but who cares. Sticky toffee pudding pretty much changed my world when I first discovered it as a moderately obese northern pre-teen and it’s one of those desserts which I have ached for ever since going vegan. BUT NO MORE!
This guy is so deliciously light and moist without being stodgy. The caramel sauce is super smooth and I borderline want to drink a glass-full of it. You’ll see.
What is sticky toffee pudding?
Traditionally, sticky toffee pudding is a very moist cake, sweetened with dates and served with a very sticky caramel sauce. It originally comes from a town in the Lake District, up in the North of England. It’s a perfect combination of light sponge and super rich caramel sauce. It MUST be served with ice cream or you’re doing it wrong!
This vegan sticky toffee pudding sticks to all the rules – it’s most and rich at the same time as being light. The caramel sauce is smooth and sweet with brown sugar. There’s also a hint of nutmeg which just helps to nail down that wintery vibe!
This sponge is made with oil instead of vegan butter, which helps to keep everything super light. The lightest vegan sticky toffee pudding ever (that’s quite the mouthful!
Here are a few extra hints on how to get your puddings JUST right!
- I baked mine in a mini bundt tin, but I get that these are pretty rare! You can also bake your sponges in a deep muffin tray – just make sure to butter and flour the insides first. You can even try baking these in muffin cases and then removing the case before adding the caramel sauce. The reason I bake these sponges separately rather than as one big pudding is that it keeps everything super light.
- Don’t overwork the sponge batter. Remember, the goal is to keep this as light as possible – so try not to overwork the gluten – it’ll make the sponge rubbery and tough.
- Get the caramel sauce nice and thick! You don’t want a thin caramel on this dish – remember the name? It’s gotta be sticky! So make sure you boil it for a while until it’s nice and thick!
- Be sure to serve this with a scoop of vegan cashew milk ice cream!