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Updated December 03, 2020 03:51 PM
Marissa Hermer

When Marissa Hermer isn’t drinking tea or fending off her fellow Ladies of London costars, she’s whipping up recipes fit for a king — a future king, that is.

The Bravo star has created a number of menu items for her London restaurants, which include Top Dog and royal favorite Bumpkin. Prince William and Princess Kate are known to frequent the local British brasserie.

“William and Kate love the sticky toffee pudding, which they always have at their annual Christmas office party at Bumpkin,” a source tells PEOPLE. Other notable fans include Princess Beatrice, David Cameron and Sienna Miller.

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As the holidays draw near, Hermer is sharing her sticky toffee pudding recipe so you can also celebrate the season with a royal favorite.


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Marissa Hermer’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe
Serves 6

For the sauce:
1 cup butter
⅔ cup sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
1⅓ cup heavy cream
Pinch of salt

1 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tsp. baking soda
1¼ cup boiling water
4 tbsp. butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of salt
½ cup walnuts, chopped

1. Butter a baking dish approximately 9 x 9 inches. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

2. To make the sauce, put all the ingredients into a pan with a pinch of salt and heat slowly until the butter has melted. Then boil for about 4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Pour a thin layer of the sauce into the base of the baking and then set the dish aside. Keep the rest of the toffee sauce for topping.

3. Put the dates and baking soda in a heatproof dish and pour in the boiling water.

4. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy and then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the flour, baking powder, cloves and a pinch of salt until well combined and then add the dates and the boiling water and the walnuts. Mix together.

5. Pour the batter on top of the toffee sauce layer in the dish. Put into the oven for 30 minutes and bake until firm to the touch. Remove from oven.

6. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over the cake. When ready to eat warm the topping sauce and pour over the cake.

7. Serve with a generous spoonful’s of crème fraiche, caramel or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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—Alexandra Hurtado