Yes, you can absolutely freeze Sticky Date Pudding, and easily doo so too!
Just like any other sponge cake, you can freeze sticky date pudding and retain its high quality for the longest time and avoid any food waste, especially this sweet delicacy.
It is important to note that, it is better to freeze the cake separate from its caramel sauce as there is a chance that they will separate in the freezer.
You wouldn’t want that to happen. That’s why freezing both of them separately is so much more efficient and you can easily assemble them all together before serving.
What is sticky date pudding?
One of England’s most authentic desserts that features sponge cake made of sweet and soft dates and topped with a caramel sauce made of brown sugar and butter.
I love serving it warm with cream, ice cream or custard. It dates back to 1960 and is still to this day highly popular. That’s got to mean something, right?
Is it the same as sticky toffee pudding?
There is no difference between Sticky Date Pudding and sticky toffee pudding. It just differs according to the country. For example, Australia likes to make it with dates, hence the name sticky date pudding.
Unlike England, which they tend to make it without the dates. Chopped walnuts, pecans or dried apricots make a good substitute for dates in the sticky pudding.
How to freeze sticky date pudding
Before you follow the step-by-step guide for freezing the sticky date pudding, make sure that the freshly baked sticky date pudding is completely cool to at least room temperature before you attempt to freeze it.
- Once the sponge cake with dates is cool, wrap it in cling film tightly. I suggest you double wrap the sticky date pudding with both cling film and a plastic freezer bag before you place it in the freezer to minimize chances of freezer burns and also avoid the sponge cake from absorbing any of the surrounding smells.
- Label the wrapped sticky date pudding before you move it to the freezer with the date of freezing and the contents so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from the other food left in the freezer.
- If you are going to freeze the caramel sauce separately, then I suggest you wait for it to cool before you pour it in a tupperware container or a glass jar. Don’t overfill it.
How long can sticky date pudding and caramel sauce last in the freezer?
Sticky date pudding without caramel sauce can last for up to 3 months, maintaining their high quality and perfect taste. It is still safe to eat after this time. However, they might be more prone to freezer burns, as well as loss of taste.
As for the caramel sauce, it can also last for about 3 months in the freezer!
How to defrost sticky date pudding
I guess by now you already know how I like to defrost my frozen food.
Yup, that’s right. I like to move my food from the freezer straight to the fridge and allow it to defrost overnight. However, you can also leave both the sticky date pudding and the caramel sauce on the countertop to quickly defrost. Once they completely thaw, place them back in the fridge until they are served.