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Sticky toffee cupcakes

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Serves 12
Serves 12

About the bake

These toffee cupcakes are a guaranteed hit with friends and family.

13 ingredients7 steps


    1. Step 1

      Place the dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for about 30 minutes or while you carry on making the rest of the cake mixture.

    2. Step 2

      Preheat the oven to 180°c (fan oven 160°c, gas mark 4). Line a 12 hole muffin tray with baking cases.

    3. Step 3

      Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy and paler in colour. Add the eggs one at a time, adding a little flour if the mixture looks a little curdled.

    4. Step 4

      Fold in the rest of the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and vanilla extract with a large metal spoon. Finally fold in the dates mixture.

    5. Step 5

      Fill the cake cases to three quarters and bake for 20-25 minutes or until risen and golden brown in colour. They may look darker than normal cupcakes, that is due to the muscovado sugar giving them a delicious caramel flavour. Leave to cool on a wire rack while making the icing topping.

    6. Step 6

      For the icing, beat the butter and quarter of the icing sugar in a large bowl until soft. Add the remaining icing a little at a time and beat until smooth. Do not add too much icing sugar at a time or your kitchen will be covered with a fine layer of icing sugar.

    7. Step 7

      Swirl in the toffee sauce. Cover the cooled cakes with the icing and sprinkle with the chopped fudge squares.


    • For the cupcakes

      • 180gDates (pitted, dried and chopped) 
      • 150mlWater (boiling) 
      • 80gButter (unsalted) (softened) 
      • 150gBillington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 
      • 2Egg(s) (free range) (lightly beaten) 
      • 180gAllinson's Plain White Flour 
      • 1 tspBicarbonate of soda 
      • 0.5 tspSalt 
      • 1 tspNielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract 
    • For the buttercream

      • 160gButter (unsalted) (softened) 
      • 200gUnrefined golden icing sugar 
      • 2 tbspToffee sauce 
      • 25gFudge pieces 

    10 Baker Ratings

    Really easy to make & tasted delicious. I didn't have quite enough dates so added some sultanas. Only took 20 mins to cook.

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