Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding

The one baked pudding which simply screams South Africa is most definitely, Malva Pudding.

Although where its name comes from is disputed widely amongst local foodies, they all agree - it is a superbly delicious dessert pudding.

Here's our recipe.

Important Recipe Information

Prep time: 10min
Cooking time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10min
Difficulty: Medium
Serves 6


For the Batter

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp smooth apricot jam [do NOT use whole fruit]
  • 6½ oz [185g] cake flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ½ cup [125ml] milk
  • A little butter for greasing
For the Sauce
  • 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup soft brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp treacle
  • ½ tsp Vanilla essence


Preheat oven to 350oF [180oC]

First make the batter
Beat the eggs and castor sugar, in a large mixing bowl, until light and fluffy

Add the apricot jam and beat well

In another bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt

Melt the butter, over low heat, in a saucepan. Add the vinegar and milk

Alternating the flour and milk mixtures, fold into the egg mixture

Grease a baking tray and pour the pudding batter into it.

Bake, on the middle shelf, for 45-50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Meanwhile make the sauce

Heat the cream, butter, brown sugar, water and treacle in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted

Do NOT let the sauce mixture boil

Remove from the heat and add the Vanilla essence

When you remove the pudding from the oven, pierce a number of times with a skewer, or the tines of a fork

Pour the hot sauce over it. The holes, previously made, enable the sauce to better permeate the Malva Pudding

Extra information

Serve the dessert hot with Custard or Whipped cream... Malva pudding is also delicious served cold, with cold custard, whipped cream or even vanilla ice-cream.

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