As a cake: Preheat oven to 180C. Butter an 18cm square cake tin. In a bowl, add dates, bicarb and Chai Addict. Set aside to soak. Cream butter and sugar. Sieve flour over butter and sugar. Stir in date mixture and vanilla, then gently fold mixture and pour into prepared tin. Bake for 40 minutes.
The Sauce: Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove vanilla bean. Pour ⅓ of the sauce over pudding, soak for 3 minutes. Slice. Pour. Serve.
As muffins: Preheat oven at 180C and butter 12 cup muffin pan. Cook for 25 minutes. Remove from muffin pan to a cooling rack. Serve warm with a generous drizzle of caramel.
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