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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

Malva Pudding - South African Pudding

Updated: Apr 18, 2021

Malva pudding is a sweet pudding originating from the Cape Malay and a favorite among South Africans. This dessert consists of a pudding base drenched in a creamy, sweet sauce.

The pudding is usually made with flour, butter, sugar, milk, eggs, apricot jam and salt, while the sauce contains sugar, water, cream, butter and vanilla.

Malva pudding is usually served warm with a side of vanilla custard, ice cream or whipped cream.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon un-salted butter room temperature

  • 4 tablespoon Apricot jam

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 cup or 5 ounces all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • ¾ cup milk


  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 8 tablespoons / 4 ounce butter.

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cooking Steps

  1. In a large bowl beat eggs, orange zest, sugar, butter and apricot jam, until light and fluffy. Then add the vinegar and milk to the eggs mixture

  2. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt

  3. Gradually, fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture. The mixture might be runny that’s ok.

  4. Pour batter into a greased cake pan. Bake at 350 until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 25–30minutes

  5. While the cake is baking

  6. Heat the evaporated milk, butter, sugar, almond and vanilla extract, in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Remove from heat

  7. Using a skewer poke holes in the cake extending all the way to the bottom of the cake.

  8. Pour the butter sauce on the cake. Serve immediately or set aside in the fridge.

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