November 08, 2013

Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake with Cranberry Jelly Glaze #BundtaMonth

When I found out that the theme for this months #Bundtamonth was Jam I was really surprised, not by the ingredient but by the fact that I immediately knew that I wanted to make a bundt version of a Sticky Toffee Pudding.  Considering that this is a very sweet dessert I thought that a cranberry jelly glaze would be the perfect foil for that sweetness.

The flavors in this cake are perfect for this time of year.  To me the sticky toffee flavor is such a comfort  food, especially if you make a little vanilla custard to go with it.  Also, I just love cranberry season and always end up with multiple bags in my freezer so that I can continue to enjoy them throughout the year.

To make this bundt you need to use a little time management because both the jelly and the dates for the cake need some preparation in advance.  I made the date mixture first since it needs to cool down, and then the cranberry jelly since it is a good idea for it still to be a little room so that you can glaze the bundt.  Although I am calling the glaze a jelly because it is completely smooth after being pureed in a bender, it is a little thicker than your typical jelly.  The good news is that it also makes enough for you to have a coupe of jars leftover to enjoy at a later time, or to share with a friend.

I loved the toffee/caramel flavor of this bundt, and having a little extra caramel to pour over each slice is definitely a good thing.  The cranberry glaze isn't a very strong flavor, but you can taste it in the background.  I'm pretty sure it isn't going to last very long in my household.

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Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake with Cranberry Jelly Glaze
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Cake ~
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing
  • 1¼ cups dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
Cranberry Glaze ~
  • 1 lb of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of fine white sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 large apple
  • 3 tablespoons port

Cake ~
  1. In 2-quart saucepan, combine dates and water. Heat to boiling on high. Remove from heat. Stir in ginger and baking soda. Cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease and flour 10-cup Bundt pan.
  3. Into large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat 12 tablespoons butter, 1 cup dark brown sugar, and 1 cup granulated sugar until very well combined.
  5. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, scraping side of bowl occasionally.
  6. Beat in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  7. Alternate beating in flour mixture and date mixture, beating well in between additions, until combined.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan. 
  9. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  10. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert pan onto wire rack to cool completely. 
  11. To make ahead, wrap cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature up to 1 day.
  12. In 3-quart saucepan, combine corn syrup and remaining 4 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Cook on medium 3 minutes or until bubbly and sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly. 
  13. Stir in cream, remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Cook another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Let cool 5 minutes.
  14. Place a few tablespoons of cranberry glaze on top of the cake, and using a pastry brush gently spread it all over the top and sides of the cake.
  15. Place sheet of waxed paper under cake. Drizzle some of the caramel sauce over top of cooled cake and allow sauce to drip down sides and let caramel set. 
  16. Transfer the cake to serving plate and serve with remaining caramel sauce.
Cranberry Glaze ~
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about an hour. Keep covered while simmering, leaving only a little crack for the steam to escape.
  3. Transfer into a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Let cool completely and transfer to a medium jar.

Adapted recipe from Good Housekeeping and Will Cook for Smiles


  1. You've got a flair for all things artistic, tasty and funny, Felice! That last shot of only the crumbs is priceless. Only this last year I tasted English sticky toffee pudding (and liked it!) Brilliant idea to incorporate the flavors into a bundt and balance the sweet with cranberry glaze.

  2. Oh that glaze looks wonderful! Great flavor idea and so well executed!

  3. oh my word!!! this bundt looks fabulous!!! WOW, love the cranberry jelly glaze and the toffee bundt cake sounds amazing!

  4. Toffee and cranberries! What a great combination!

  5. I have had sticky toffee pudding on my mind for a while. Never had it before but I've heard nothing but good things about it. How clever of you to use it in this cake. This is going on my to-make list.

  6. I really like the sounds of your Bundt, sticky date yum.

  7. Spectacular sticky toffee bundt. I am in love with this recipe and I would love a slice now for breakfast. That cranberry glaze is incredible !So perfect for our Jammy November theme:)

  8. Wowza! I love sticky toffee cake, and this one looks beautiful! I would have never thought to out cranberry with it. Yum!

  9. That is the most gorgeous of bundts, I have just recently had sticky toffee pudding and loved it!! Your pictures are gorgeous too!!

  10. Oh my Felice....I could just cry looking at this amazing cake! Sticky toffee pudding is one of my favorites....but it looks even more luscious as the base for your cake. The glaze is beautiful and the extra caramel......well...I'm just speechless!

  11. What a brilliant idea, Felice! Sticky toffee pudding is very sweet but I think it makes the perfect flavor basis for a Bundt. That cranberry glaze is the most gorgeous color! I love everything about this one!

  12. Sticky TOffee Bundt cake? I've got to try this! It looks delicious!

  13. That cake is GORGEOUS!!! And I think cranberries and dates sound like a match made in heaven.


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