Is anyone else super excited for the Downton Abbey premiere of Season 4 in the U.S.? It’s coming on January 5 and I can’t wait! To get in the mood, I decided to make a a couple of British desserts this week. The first is sticky toffee pudding – in cupcake form, of course! I first discovered sticky toffee pudding many moons ago on a questionable date (the kind where you can’t tell if you’re on a date or not). My “date” insisted that I try the sticky toffee pudding at The Schlafly Tap Room, claiming that it was the very best dessert in St. Louis. The “date” ended up being a great friend, but the sticky toffee pudding became a lifelong love.
Sticky toffee pudding is a moist cake – not what we think of as a pudding on this side of the pond. Sticky toffee pudding is made with dates, but no one seems to know. At The Schlafly Tap Room, the menu description simply states that it’s a “very moist dense cake.” The dates are chopped so finely that you don’t notice them when you eat the cake. However, it’s the dates that make the cake sticky and give the cake its distinctive flavor – well, the dates and the sauce. This dessert is really all about the sauce. The caramel sauce is made with dark brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream, and when sticky toffee pudding is served at The Schlafly Tap Room, it’s in a lake of the saucy goodness. It takes all possible self-control to save any for others at the table.
For my sticky toffee pudding cupcakes, I used Schlafly’s recipe and adapted it to cupcake form. I cut a hole in each cupcake and filled it with the caramel sauce, then topped each cupcake with whipped cream and more caramel.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcake Recipe
Below is the sticky toffee pudding recipe adapted to cupcake form from Schlafly’s recipe.
Special thanks to Peggy of Peggy’s Sweet Creations for giving me the idea for this post. We’ve been chatting on email and she shared some of her Downton Abbey premiere ideas with me:
- English Garden - Carrot cake filled with custard and topped with an orange cream cream cheese frosting
- Syllabub Crumpets and Jam - Pound cake filled with raspberry mousse and topped with a little dab of raspberry jam and an Italian meringue buttercream
- Lady Lemon tart - White chocolate cake topped with a circle of buttercream and filled with lemon curd
- Afternoon tea – Black tea cupcakes with honey buttercream and lemon zest garnish
Don’t they sound lovely?
Thanks to Schlafly for their outstanding recipe. In case you were wondering, they did not pay me to write this post; I just love their sticky toffee pudding (and their beer). If you find that you love the sticky toffee pudding, you may want to become a fan of it. In writing this post, I discovered that Schlafly’s sticky toffee pudding actually has its own Facebook fan page.
Thanks to my friend Rebecca for loaning me her heirloom silver tea set to create the Downton Abbey look and thanks to Jonathan who worked like the downstairs at Downton Abbey to polish the silver and iron the tablecloth for the shoot.