Treacle Sponge Recipe

Christine Albury

A warm Treacle Sponge Pudding is the perfect dessert for a chilly evening! A traditional British treat, this dish is a favorite school pudding, popular with kids and parents too.

Ask any British school child (or their parents) for their favorite school pudding and you can guarantee that Treacle Sponge will be a popular choice!

Treacle Sponge Pudding Photo

This tradiitonal dessert is a tasty combination of comforting, fluffy sponge with a topping of sweet golden treacle. Not only is it reminiscent of school days in the UK, it's often also served after the traditional British Sunday roast and makes a great way to end the meal!

What is treacle?

Golden (or light) treacle is the same as golden syrup, which is a by product from the process of refining cane sugar. It has quite a thick texture and is - of course - deliciously sweet!

The best known brand of golden syrup in the world is Lyle's, and it's usually fairly easy to get hold of wherever you are (if not, you can usually find it online).

Treacle Sponge Pudding Picture

But if you can't get hold of any type of golden syrup or treacle to use in this recipe, then use light corn syrup instead. It's a bit thinner in texture, but works perfectly well.

We wouldn't recommend using either maple syrup or honey. Whilst they are fairly similar in terms of texture, they both have quite a pronounced flavor that doesn't work as well in this recipe.

Treacle Sponge tips

This classic British dessert was traditionally steamed rather than baked, so that's the technique we've used here. You may also come across recipes for baked Treacle Sponge, which is equally delicious but has a different texture.

Treacle Sponge Pudding Image

You can serve this pudding (British for dessert!) with cream, ice-cream or English custard. If you want to be really decadent, you could even use clotted cream! Some people like to pour a little extra treacle or syrup on top too. Sinfully sweet... but oh so good!

More British School Puddings

Bread and Butter Pudding

Spotted Dick

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Rhubarb Crumble


Treacle Sponge Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 175 grams Unsalted Butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 tablespoons Syrup, plus extra for drizzling (use golden syrup or light corn syrup)
  • 25 grams Fresh Bread Crumbs
  • 175 grams Light Brown Sugar
  • zest of one Lemon
  • 3 large Eggs, beaten
  • 175 grams Self Rising Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Milk


  1. Generously grease a 1-liter pudding basin with butter.
  2. Combine the syrup with the breadcrumbs, then spoon them into the basin.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and zest until fluffy and pale in color.
  4. Beat in the eggs gradually, then fold in the flour.
  5. Stir in the milk, then spoon the mixture into the basin.
  6. Cover with a double layer of greased foil and baking paper, pleated in the center to allow for the pudding to rise.
  7. Use kitchen string to tie the foil then place the basin in a steamer or a large pan of gently simmering water (the water should come about halfway up the sides of the basin).
  8. Steam for 1 1/2 hours, then turn out on to your serving plate. Serve with the toppings of your choice!
Source: BBC Good Food
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: BBC Good Food
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Total Time: 120 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 24
Calories 555

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 98mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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