Easy treacle sponge

Easy treacle sponge

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8
A simple baked version of this classic childhood pudding, with a zesty treacle sauce forming an irresistible puddle at the bottom

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal512
  • fat23g
  • saturates13.7g
  • carbs70.1g
  • sugars49.6g
  • fibre0.9g
  • protein5.6g
  • salt1g
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  • 250g golden syrup
  • zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 5 tbsp breadcrumb
  • 200g pack butter, softened



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium egg



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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsp milk



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the syrup, lemon zest, juice and breadcrumbs and spread over the base of a 1.5 litre baking dish.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one by one. Stir in the flour and milk and dollop over the syrup. Bake for 35-40 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer poked into the sponge comes out clean-ish. Eat with lots of custard, cream or ice cream and extra dribbles of syrup.

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Comments (33)

niccip's picture

So easy to make...my 4 year old helped me! Kept everything aś per recipe but doubled the syrup...even though checked with a skewer Twas a but soggy in the middle so really needed a bit longer with extra syrup. Went down well with all ages.

bingylala72's picture

Not a patch on my grandma's baked syrup sponge! And if you make it in a greased pudding basin it's so much easier and you don't need to faff about with breadcrumbs. Oh, and 250g syrup! Two tbsp is plenty.

shantal's picture

I made this for my grandfather's card playing group and it went down a storm - everyone had seconds! The sauce at the bottom went beautifully with custard, but next time I will probably try using half the quantity of breadcrumbs as it was a tad thick. Overall, a real crowd pleaser and a cosy and wholesome after dinner treat! :D

katies286's picture

This sponge came out very tasty but took a lot longer to cook than the stated 40 mins. It may have been because we used a glass pyrex dish, but it took a good 1hr - 1hr 15 mins for the centre to cook properly. And by then the edges of the sponge had lost a lot of moisture. I would definitely try it again using a different dish as it is worth the taste! I made it for 2 people so halved the cake mixture but kept the same quantities of the syrup mixture.

bikerbell's picture

Yum. Made half the quantity of sponge but kept the syrup part as the full amount. Taking note of the comments, I added only a small amount of breadcrumbs and only a dash of lemon juice. Really delicious.

katmam's picture

I made this exactly as Shellie below suggested. I needed to serve 4, so I used the full recipe amount for the treacle but halved the sponge ingredients. I used an 8 inch casserole dish. It was perfect! (I first tried this a while ago as per the recipe and found it tasty, but a bit dry). Love the lemony kick in the sauce.

Coliz's picture

This is the best ever treacle sponge so tasty

shellie2780's picture

This was such a lovely tasty light pudding we all really enjoyed it :) I only used half quantity ingredients though as it was only for 3 people but nxt time I'm gona use again half for the sponge and the full amount for the syrup as it did dry up alittle to much for me x

littleh's picture

My 10 year old daughter just made this by herself. It's such a simple pudding but delicious!!! A simple easy tasty recipe. Just don't add up the calories.

picklelilley's picture

Made this scaled down to 1/3 of everything - came out beautifully!

LadyPenelope999's picture

Absolutely delicious! Even my fussy teenage Son devoured this yummy dessert! I chose not to include the zest, just the juice & added a few drops of vanilla essence to the sponge. I've only recently discovered this website & everything I've made so far has been very tasty (& edible!). Thank you, Good Food, keep up the good work.

bluenose1946's picture

Why call this a treacle sponge when there is no treacle in it?

bluenose1946's picture

Why call this a treacle sponge when there is no treacle in it?

sammy_chefess's picture

Absolutely loved this last night, went down a treat with the family! Dad even went for seconds! Over cooked it only by a minute but it gave it that extra crunch and was absolutely delicious! Definitely going to make again one day!

judyowens's picture

Made this last night but used treacle instead of golden syrup. Would also use less breadcrumbs next time as I thought the base would be more runny and sticky. However everyone loved it it and some went back for thirds.

marola's picture

Diana I would use the same amount of jam as syrup, that's what I do when making a sponge in the microwave. A microwaved sponge is lovely, very light and only takes about 10 mins to cook.

Bentleybird's picture

Has any one made this with jam? how much should I use

shirrich's picture

Loved it just as writ

joangarrod's picture

Easy and tasty, and goes very well with custard. It's also very good (I think better) with orange rather than lemon.


Questions (4)

jenniegs's picture

Are you sure this has been given te right title? There is a difference between golden syrup and treacle. What do I look for to make a sponge pudding with treacle?

chav's picture

im allergic to lemon what could i use to substitute this?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, for this recipe you could use 1 tbsp of water in place of the juice and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger instead of the zest. We haven't tested doing this so cannot guarantee perfect results but can see no reason why this wouldn't be successful. Let us know how you get on if you decide to give it a try.

chav's picture

im allergic to lemon what could i substitute lemon and juice with?

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