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Hi Bold Bakers!
Malva Pudding Cake is super popular in South Africa, and thankfully this delicious treat has become more well known around the world in recent years! (If it sounds familiar, you may remember that it was served for Christmas dessert in 2006 by Oprah’s personal chef to students at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls!) So, what a perfect way to kick of 2021’s year-long campaign of bringing you recipes from around the world? I’m calling it Bold Baking Worldwide!
This isn’t like your “American” puddings, which is similar to custard; malva pudding is more like an English pudding. If you ever had a tres leches cake, it is a lot like that! It is a sweet, soft cake that is flavored with apricot jam and has lovely caramel notes. The pudding gets soaked in a beautiful bath of creamy syrup while it is still warm, ensuring that the cake is super moist and super flavorful.
It is such a fluffy, moist cake that some people say its name, “malva,” comes from the Afrikaans word for “marshmallow!” I really hope you try this one; it’s the ultimate comfort food for a cold, wintery day!
What Is Malva Pudding?
Malva pudding, as I mentioned above, is a hugely popular dessert from South Africa that is somewhat similar to a tres leches cake.
It all starts with a wonderful spongy cake, flavored with apricot jam, that bakes until the exterior becomes somewhat caramelized. Then, after poking holes throughout the sponge, a mixture of heavy cream, milk, butter, sugar, and salt, is poured over the pudding. The textures of the caramelized exterior, spongy center, and delicious creamy liquid are out of this world!
I don’t know if it’s possible to make a cake that is richer or moister!
What You Need To Make Malva Pudding
How Do You Make South African Malva Pudding
You won’t believe how flavorful and comforting this pudding is, especially because it is a cinch to make! Here is how you make malva pudding (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- Preheat your own to 350°F (180°C) and butter an 8-inch (20cm) square baking dish.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, brown sugar, eggs, apricot jam, melted butter, and vinegar until they are thoroughly combined.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and then combine the dry with the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes until you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.
- While the pudding is nearly finished baking, make your sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, butter, sugar, and salt. Heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
- Once the pudding is finished, poke holes all over the hot pudding with a skewer and then pour the warm sauce over the pudding. Let the pudding rest for at least 30 minutes before serving warm.
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Malva Pudding
- You want to be sure to pour the sauce over the pudding while it is still hot, so it absorbs all that delicious liquid properly!
- You can bake this pudding in 10 individual small ramekins to make a pretty presentation while serving. If you choose to use ramekins, they need less time to bake. Start checking for doneness after about 20 minutes.
- For an adult version, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of dark rum to the sauce before pouring it over the pudding.
- Try a fruity version of malva pudding by folding 2 chopped poached pears into the batter before baking.
- Make homemade vanilla ice cream to serve with this pudding!
- No brown sugar? Make your own homemade brown sugar!
How Do I Store South African Malva Pudding?
Leftover malva pudding can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Before serving, reheat it in a 300°F (150°C) oven or the microwave!
Make More Cake & Puddings!
- Pound Cake With Sprinkles
- Citrus Olive Oil Cake
- Best-Ever Chocolate Cake with Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache
- Marmalade Pudding
And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook!
Full (and printable) recipe below!
South African Malva Pudding Recipe
- ¾ cup (6floz/170ml) whole milk
- ½ cup (3oz/85g) dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons apricot jam, strained
- 2 tablespoons (1oz/30g) butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1½ cups (7½oz/213g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- ½ cup (4floz/115ml) heavy cream
- ½ cup (4floz/115ml) whole milk
- ½ cup (4oz/115g) butter
- ½ cup (4oz/115g) sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and butter an 8-inch (20cm) square baking dish.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the milk, brown sugar, eggs, apricot jam, melted butter, and vinegar until fully combined.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and then combine with the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Just before the pudding is done, make the sauce: in a saucepan over medium heat combine the cream, milk, butter, sugar, and salt and heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
- Once the pudding is done, poke holes all over the hot pudding with a skewer and then pour the warm sauce over the pudding. Allow resting for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Store leftover pudding in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving, either in a 300°F (150°C) oven or in the microwave.