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South African Malva Pudding

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Malva pudding is a sweet and rich cake of Cape Dutch origin, and it’s super delicious

What is Malva Pudding

Malva pudding is a sweet pudding of South African origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice cream. Many South African restaurants offer it.

Today we used Orange Juice instead of water, do give it a try! In this recipe, you will notice that we reduced the sugar because we used Orange Juice.

South African Malva Pudding
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South African Malva Pudding

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Up to 8 servings depending on size 1x
  • Cuisine: South African


**For the pudding, feel free to use up to 1 cup of sugar if you prefer it sweeter.


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  • 250 ml fresh cream
  • 125 g butter
  • 125 ml water or orange juice
  • 125 g sugar


Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F


  1. Beat the sugar and egg until fluffy.
  2. Add and beat in jam into the above mixture.
  3. Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Melt butter in a pot on medium heat
  5. Add vinegar and milk.
  6. Now add the butter mixture and the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine well.
  7. Pour into a well-greased baking tin.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is a lovely brown color.


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, cream, and water and mix well and keep aside.
  3. Have the sauce ready, as soon as you’ve taken the pudding out of the oven, you need to pour the sauce over the pudding.
  4. Use all the sauce, it will seep into the baked pudding.
  5. Enjoy with ice cream or custard or both.
  6. Decorate with nuts, some fruit, or whatever you prefer.


Prepared, tried, and tested Jennifer Govender Bisnath from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 23
  • Sodium: 198
  • Fat: 28
  • Saturated Fat: 18
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 5
  • Cholesterol: 101
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