Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch diameter springform
pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter parchment.
Place the chopped dates in a small bowl; pour 1 cup boiling
water over dates and let cool, about 1 hour.
Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl to
blend; add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add half of flour and beat to blend. Add remaining 2 eggs, 1
at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Add remaining
flour and beat until blended.
Combine instant coffee and baking soda in small bowl. Pour into
date mixture, stirring to dissolve coffee granules. Add date
mixture to batter and beat to blend. Pour batter into prepared
Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake until tester inserted
into center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Cool pudding until just warm; unmold; sprinkle with confectioners'
Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream (or a scoop
of vanilla ice cream per serving) and caramel sauce.