Three incredibly moist date-laden cake layers drenched in toffee sauce and covered the smoothest whipped cracked black pepper buttercream. That, in all its glory, is this dairy-free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake and I’ve made it even easier for you to experience this confectionary cacophony of toffee delight by using a doctored cake mix. So grab them dates and let’s change your Sticky Toffee Pudding cake world!
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What Is A Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake?
Sticky toffee pudding cake is based on the beloved English dessert made up of moist date sponge cake covered in toffee sauce. It is often served with vanilla custard or cream and is sometimes referred to as sticky date pudding. Taking the classic flavors from this dessert, I’ve turned it into a delicious and easy layer cake using a doctored cake mix paired with homemade toffee sauce.
Every baker should have a doctored cake mix ready up their sleeve. Because 1) they’re easy and 2) they’re delicious. I have a zero cake discrimination policy. Well…actually…strike that. I may side-eye a cake that touts being sugar-free, carb-free, fat-free, and therefore flavor-free.
But seriously, let’s give all cakes love. A few extra ingredients are all that is needed to take a yellow (sometimes called golden) cake mix from yum to holy haystacks delicious. Yogurt, egg whites, vanilla, and oil are added to this cake mix to produce a gloriously scrumptious and easy cake batter.
How To Doctor A Cake Mix
What I love about a cake mix is being able to toss it in the mixer and get going quickly. First, toss that box cake mix into the mixer and add the wet ingredients. You’re just about ready to bake that sucker. Second, gently fold in the cooked and mashed dates. Third, into the oven those cake layers go.
See what I mean you’re really can’t beat the ease of a mix. So get to baking and when you’re done, come back and tell me how easy it was and how life-changing this Sticky Toffee Pudding cake is!
Cracked Black Pepper Buttercream
I know this sounds a tad bit unusual but this cracked black pepper buttercream was a fabulous flavor twist to this classic sticky toffee pudding cake. The cake itself is on the sweet side and so I wanted to balance that with a little bit of spice. It’s not an overwhelming black pepper taste, just a hint. That said, if you are not feeling adventurous you can simply omit the black pepper and go with a traditional vanilla buttercream frosting.
Easy Doctored Cake Mix Recipes
If using a cake mix is your baking jam I bet you would love to try these cakes on for size: