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Sticky Toffee Mug Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

By JulieVR |

Sticky toffee pudding. Is there a better winter dessert? It’s a bit of a production to prepare the real thing, but this mug-sized version is simple to stir and zap in the microwave when you need a little something warm, sweet and sticky to get you through a cold winter’s night. Eat it straight-up, topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a scoop of ice cream, or add chocolate and dried cherries at the end, then stir in so that the chocolate melts. Divine.

Start by melting some butter in your mug or ramekin. Butteriness is important here.

Brown sugar adds a toffee flavour – stir it in with flour, milk (or coffee for a toffee-mocha flavour) and a pinch of salt.

Stir with a fork until it’s smooth.

Microwave it for a minute – it will look spongey, but won’t taste that way. If you like, add chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and/or a few dried cherries – the chocolate will melt with the heat of the pudding.

Eat. And you don’t even have to share.

Sticky Toffee Mug Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. milk or coffee
Pinch salt

chopped dark chocolate and/or dried cherries (optional)

In a heatproof mug or ramekin, melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the brown sugar, flour, milk and salt. Don’t worry about getting it perfectly smooth.

Microwave on high for 1 minute — it will be done when it’s spongey looking and springy on top but still a bit gooey — like sticky toffee pudding. If you like, scatter chocolate and dried cherries overtop and let it sit – or stir a little – until the chocolate starts to melt.

Eat warm. Serves 1.

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “Sticky Toffee Mug Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

  1. lalaxoxox says:


  2. Emily says:

    This is so yummy!

  3. Erin says:

    I have tried this recipe 4 times. The first time it came out amazing. But the last 3, it doesn’t seem to be cooking at all. I have used the same mug, same microwave, same ingredients, but it’s still not working. It comes out runny and not ‘baked’. Suggestions? It was SOOOOO yummy the first time!

  4. Kristy says:

    When I saw this recipe – I knew I had to try it. But I was out of brown sugar! Not to be undone, I altered slightly and made lemon sticky pudding – 2 Tbsp of regular sugar in place of the brown sugar and a splash of lemon extract. I cooked it 1 1/2 minutes until done. Yum. A little vanilla ice cream on top and it was perfect.

  5. Trish says:

    Oh wow…this is not good for me that I found these recipes! I just made the Sticky Toffee Pudding & it is wickedly good! This quick & easy (almost instant) dessert will require some serious workouts to counteract. I added chopped dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Sinfully delicious !

  6. Tonya says:

    I followed the directions, but it was still a blob of runny dough. I nuked it another 20 seconds. Then I added another Tablespoon of flour, stirred and nuked it another 20 seconds. It was ok.

  7. Rachael says:

    Raspberries and drizzled maple syrup. That is all.

  8. Meg says:

    Just downed my mug, a little sweet for me with the chocolate and I might have wanted it a LITTLE drier, so next time I’ll add a little less sugar and a little more flour… but with a recipe this quick and easy and delicious, I don’t mind tinkering a little! But maybe not TOO often.

  9. Marianne says:

    Just made and devoured the choc brownie and loved it!
    It was just a little dry but I let it go a full minute, next time 45/50 seconds will do.
    Will also try the apple sauce instead of oil.Did add lots of nuts and drizzle of hershey’s choc syrup. I’m happy happy right now.
    If it wasn’t so late I’d h

  10. Marianne says:

    it the Toffee too!

  11. Lauren says:

    I was sceptical but this is actually really awesome. The texture was what I really fancied and this was PERFECT. I put a little maple syrup in the bottom of a ramekin then poured the batter on top. Yummy and again, perfect sticky pudding texture.

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