The Holiday Dessert Kate Middleton Wants You to Have on Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a time of friends, family, many thanks, and of course, a huge meal. From the turkey to the delicious side dishes, Americans everywhere look forward to gathering for a gut-busting dinner once per year with all of their favorite foods. And just because the royals don’t traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take some advice on what they love to eat when holiday time comes. Kate Middleton, in particular, has a special dessert she can’t go without.

Here’s the dessert Kate loves, including more party tips from her family you need to know.

Kate’s dessert of choice is sticky toffee pudding

Mini sticky toffee pudding with brown butter ice cream

Mini sticky toffee pudding with brown butter ice cream | Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit

While Americans may not be too familiar with this holiday staple, the British are evidently big fans of sticky toffee pudding — and Kate can confirm that it’s one of her absolute favorites. According to, it’s typically not the most beautiful dish at the table — but it’s wow-factor is certainly in how it tastes.

This dessert isn’t a “pudding” at all — at least in the way American’s think of the dish. Sticky toffee pudding first starts with a small cake that is dense and super moist. Its delicious, rich texture is due to the usage of pureed dates in the batter, which also lend the cake its sweetness. Once the cake is plated, a warm caramel sauce goes on top. It’s often served alongside vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for total perfection.

It may seem complicated, especially if you’ve never baked with dates, but the dessert is actually very simple to make. People recommends this recipe to get as close as possible to Kate’s favorite.

Kate’s parents gave their own Thanksgiving party ideas despite their British heritage

Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton

Pippa Middleton and Kate Middleton | Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

While Kate’s family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, they definitely know how to throw a party — and they want your American holidays to be just as exciting as their British ones. For that reason, People explains Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, have given their own Thanksgiving party tips on their party supply company blog.

According to writer Sarah Reynolds, getting kids to help out with the table decorations is a Middleton-approved tip (this makes sense considering how close Kate is with her own children and family). The Middletons also support going for walks after the big meal and making a list of everything you’re thankful for to share with your guests.

As for some not-so-traditional tips, the blog also suggested not cooking an entire roasted turkey if your crowd is small. Instead, make the meal easier on yourself by going for a roasted turkey crown.

Not a fan of cakes? Try a Kate-approved cocktail instead

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the hospital with Prince Louis

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis | Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

Not everyone’s a fan of sweet cakes for dessert. Instead, you may be looking for the perfect cocktail to accompany your meal — and Kate has a few favorites of her own. Aside from red wine, which is reportedly one of her drinks of choice, she’s a big fan of whisky or a good whisky cocktail. As far as brand is concerned, Jack Daniels is her go-to.

Kate’s also been known to love the Crack Baby cocktail. Make Me A Cocktail notes this drink includes vodka, passionfruit puree, syrup, champagne, and Chambord liqueur. It’s even sometimes served in a giant syringe — though we’re sure Kate’s beyond that sort of behavior now as a royal. Either way, it’s delicious, sweet, and definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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