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Seriously easy Malva Pudding

South African traditional dessert - Malva pudding - Easy recipe.
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Oh, Malva pudding! What an absolute treat! Malva pudding is a traditional South African dessert that is usually served hot. It is rich and sticky goodness that is really hard to resist. (You’ve been warned!)

One thing I love about this recipe is that I’m able to create a decadent dessert with ingredients that I already have in the house. If you are trying to impress guests, make this!malvapudding

This is one of those recipes I felt intimidated by. I didn’t want to try it for the longest time because I feared messing it up. Once I tried, I felt so silly because it’s actually a really easy recipe! My children make it too and they have never been able to mess it up.

The only time I messed up a little was the very first time. I chose a baking dish that was too small. The batter will double in size, but I didn’t know that at the time. So once the malva pudding was fully baked, it rose all the way to the top of the bowl, leaving very little room for me to pour the sauce. It worked out though—I poured the sauce very slowly. Therefore be warned—it may look like the bowl you are pouring the batter into is too big, but keep in mind it will double in size and you need enough room to pour the sauce.malvapoeding

Finally, serving your malva pudding. You can serve it with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or custard. In South Africa, custard is sold widely. I know that’s not the case in the USA. We usually have ours with vanilla ice cream and we love it that way. It’s especially good if the malva pudding is warmed up in the microwave, and the ice cream melts over it. Yum!South African traditional desserts

Easy Malva Pudding

Prep Time: 10mins | Cook Time: 45 mins | Servings: 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Malva Pudding Ingredients

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
2½ teaspoons fine apricot jam
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt
1 cup cake flour (Don’t have any? See below).

1 cup cream
¾ cup sugar
½ cup/ 1 stick butter
½ cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract




  1. Preheat your oven to 356° F / 180° C.
  2. Grease a baking dish.
  3. Cream the butter and the powdered sugar.
  4. Add the eggs one by one and mix well after each addition.
  5. Add the apricot jam, baking soda, milk, apple cider vinegar, and salt.
  6. Add the cake flour and stir until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture into your prepared, greased dish.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes in your preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  1. Prepare the sauce while the batter is baking. This is important because the sauce needs to be added as soon as the batter comes out of the oven.
  2. In a small pot, add the cream, sugar, butter, boiling water, and vanilla extract.
  3. Heat through until it reaches boiling point. Turn it off.
  4. Once the batter is fully cooked, gently our the sauce over.
  5. Serve warm with whipped cream, ice cream, or custard.

How to make cake flour?

In South Africa, cake flour is widely sold. That may not be the case where you live. If so, no problem. You can easily make your own!

  1. Measure 1 cup of all-purpose flour,
  2. Remove 2 tablespoons of the all-purpose flour and replace it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  3. Voila! You have a cup of cake flour.

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