Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva pudding is a popular South African dessert of Cape Dutch origin. It’s a soft spongy buttery dessert with the taste of apricot, served hot with cream, or ice-cream or custard. It’s easy to make and is normally had after a Sunday lunch or braai (barbecue).




  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 tbsp salted butter (melted)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup pouring cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • 1 cup pouring cream
  • 1/2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup water (boiling)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • A tot of brandy



  • Turn up the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Mix the wet ingredients into a separate bowl
  • Add the mixed wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and mix all the ingredients together
  • Pour into the ingredients into a casserole dish and pop it into the oven for 30 minutes


  • While the pudding is in the oven, grab a saucepan and start making the sauce
  • Add the boiling water to the saucepan on a high heat followed by the pouring cream, sugar, melted butter and the tot of brandy
  • Mix the sauce in the saucepan until it starts frothing
  • Reduce to a low heat and simmer until the pudding in the oven is ready

Once the 30 minutes is done, grab the pudding out of the oven. It should be a golden brown. While it’s still hot, take a fork and make some holes in the pudding. Pour the sauce over the pudding until the pudding is saturated.

Serve with ice-cream, cream or custard while it’s still hot!

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