Treacle Sponge Pudding – Instant Pot Recipe

Tim made us a delicious treacle sponge pudding for dessert, using our new Instant Pot pressure cooker. 

Treacle sponge is a traditional British steamed pudding, made using golden syrup, a light coloured sweet sugar syrup. Tim learned to make treacle sponge in the run up to Christmas last year so that it could be served as dessert with Christmas dinner. The steaming process normally takes two hours, so today we tried a variation of the recipe using the Instant Pot, to significantly reduce the cooking time. We filmed it all, for you all to enjoy!

We enjoyed ours with homemade vanilla ice-cream but it is more often served with custard.  Either way, this is sure to become a household favourite!

We are loving our new 7 in 1 8L Instant Pot and of course our trusty KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer.



  • 6 tablespoons (90ml) golden syrup
  • ¼ lemon, juice only
  • 150g softened butter, plus extra to grease
  • 150g soft light brown sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk


Grease a 900ml pudding basin with butter. Add the golden syrup and lemon juice and mix together in the bottom of the bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar with a pinch of salt until fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs and mix. Fold in the flour. Add milk until smooth and drippy.

Spoon mixture on top of syrup. Cover bowl with pleated grease proof paper and foil and tie string around to seal.

Place the bowl into the Instant Pot, on top of the metal trivet. Add water until halfway up bowl.
Steam for 25 minutes, then manual for a further 15. Quick release the pressure and remove from instant pot. 

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