Traditional South African Malva Pudding

When it comes to traditional South African deserts (or puddings), Malva pudding is one of the first that comes to mind. Served with warm home made custard or vanilla ice-cream, it makes the perfect end to any winter meal. This sweet pudding has a Cape Malay origin and is also enjoyed by famous people like Oprah Winfrey!

Traditional South African Malva Pudding recipe

Luckily this recipe is super easy, moist and you should have most of the ingredients in the pantry. It contains apricot jam and has a caramelized spongy texture.

Traditional Malva Pudding


  • 250 ml flour
  • 5 ml baking soda
  • 5 ml apricot jam
  • 15 ml margarine
  • 250 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 5 ml lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Cream margarine and sugar.
  3. Add the egg and whisk.
  4. Add the lemon juice, baking soda and apricot jam.
  5. Making turns, stir in the milk and flour, a little bit at a time.
  6. Pour into oven proof dish and bake for one hour.
  7. When the sponge has baked for about 30 minutes, you can start with the syrup.

Traditional South African Malva Pudding recipe


  • 250 ml cream or evaporated milk
  • 125 ml margarine
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 125 ml boiled water
  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  2. Boil together for two minutes, keep stirring.
  3. Pour over sponges the moment it comes out of the oven.
  4. Return the pudding to the oven and bake till caramel-like.
  5. Serve with home made custard or vanilla ice cream.

Traditional South African Malva Pudding recipe

How do you know this recipe is good? Well, my husband doesn’t like deserts, except for my malva pudding. Not any of the store bought puddings or even those served at restaurants. How else you ask? My boys actually loves it as well. Ice cream is in their eyes the only desert on earth, but they will keep coming back for more of my malva pudding!

So give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Or if you have a variation on this, I would love to hear (or see) it.

Traditional South African Malva Pudding recipe

You can also try my easy lemon cake if you are looking for a desert for winter that is not as sweet.

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4 Replies to “Traditional South African Malva Pudding”

    1. I’m so glad I can help! You will definitely not regret making this desert. Let me know how it comes out…

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