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Get Familiar With These 11 Malva Pudding Recipes For The Holiday Season

The Sweet Malva Pudding

If you have been to South Africa and you have a sweet tooth, you might have noticed how South Africans absolutely love their sweets and sauces. It is no surprise that the sweet Malva pudding is unapologetically South African—and people serve it everywhere. A Christmas would be incomplete without it. Little wonder it is affectionately called the Malvapoeding.

Where did the Malvapoeding Originate from?

The pudding draws its name from the Afrikaan malvalekker, which means marshmallow. This pudding gained popularity in the US West Coast, back in 2006, when Art Smith served it to students at Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy.

There are other theories that claim the pudding got its name from the Malvasia wine. The side-sauce originally contained this wine. To this day, some people serve the sauce that has brandy or sherry within. Even if the sauce doesn’t get the sweet alcoholic drink, you can wash the pudding down with Malvasia wine—just like the Dutch used to do many years ago.

The Dutch settlers brought the pudding to their South African farms and households during the pre-colonial period. This was in the 1600s when the Dutch East India company was still running. It gained fame and a foothold in the local cuisine after Maggie Pepler, who worked for South Africa’s ambassador in England, served it to dignitaries (who, reportedly, loved it). Henry Kissinger said it was one of the finest puddings he had ever tasted.

What is the difference between Malva and Jan Ellis pudding?

The Jan Ellis pudding, named after the South African rugby player, is very similar to the Malvapoeding. He used to love the pudding so much. The key difference between the two is that while the Malvapoeding contains vinegar and is made using baking soda, the Jan Ellis variant does not contain vinegar.

Secondly, the latter pudding is made from baking powder. Finally, you use butter to make the Jan Ellis pudding and cream to make Malvapoeding.

Is sticky toffee pudding the same as Malvapoeding?

No, it is not. Although the British sticky toffee pudding has similar ingredients to the Malva, the two desserts are very different. For starters, the sticky toffee pudding has dates and tea, while the Malvapoeding does not have those ingredients. If you have had the chance to taste the tres leches cake, it brings out a similar taste to Malvapoeding.

What is Malva made of?

Making this pudding is very simple, and its ingredients are most likely locally available. With flour, sugar, apricot jam, milk, and balsamic vinegar, you will be good to go. Pick one of the 11 recipes below to get started.

Get Familiar With These 11 Malva Pudding recipes For The Holiday Season

#1. Yummy SOUTH AFRICAN Malva Pudding By Dearra Prop

Malva Pudding is one big part of South African Desserts, it is easy and can create more dessert out of one recipe. One great thing about this Malva pudding is that you can add more ingredients like Fruits, Nuts and Wines. However we will be using Jams. 

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Yummy SOUTH AFRICAN Malva Pudding By Dearra Prop

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr

Malva pudding is a pudding that's like spongy and delicious and then you pour over a rich creamy yummy sugary buttery sauce and that's what's gonna be so good.

PUDDING:
 150 g flour
 1 cup sugar
 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
 ½ cup milk
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp butter
 2 tsp white vinegar
 3 tbsp apricot jam
SAUCE:
 ½ cup butter
 ½ cup sugar
 ½ cup fresh cream
 1 tsp vanilla essence
  cup water

1. Add 150 grams of flour to a bowl these are all my dry ingredients a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.

2. Add half a cup of milk, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence that is gonna give it the best flavor the best and also add 1 tablespoon of melted butter.

3. It is very strange that you would add vinegar to a dessert
but this gives the Spanish cake of the Malva pudding such a great texture. Add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

4. This is the secret recipe it's three tablespoons of apricot jam jam. Get our jam mix, give it a nice mix and it's basically gonna resemble like a cake and what make the pudding is. It's a pudding that's kind a like a sponge cake and it's so rich in YUM and then you've got a sort that gets poured over.

5. Pour it into a 10 or a loaf pan and put it in the oven at around 180 degrees.

For the Sauce:

The rich sauce is going to be poured over the sponge cake of the Malva and that's gonna give us our delicious pudding.

1. The Malva Pudding needs a delicious rich sauce to be poured on top.  Melt 1/2 a cup of butter along with half a cup of sugar, 1/2 a cup of fresh cream and a tablespoon of vanilla essence.

2. Add 1/3 of a cup of water and let that boil up nice so the Malva Pudding is just up the oven and pour over the delicious sauce that we made earlier on and that's gonna soak into the pudding, and it's gonna give it a lovely soft moist pudding texture.

Ingredients

PUDDING:
 150 g flour
 1 cup sugar
 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
 ½ cup milk
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp butter
 2 tsp white vinegar
 3 tbsp apricot jam
SAUCE:
 ½ cup butter
 ½ cup sugar
 ½ cup fresh cream
 1 tsp vanilla essence
  cup water

Directions

Yummy SOUTH AFRICAN Malva Pudding By Dearra Prop

#2. Traditional Malva Pudding By Beastly Eats

Traditional Malva Pudding - this delicious sweet and sticky pudding is very easy to make. Malva pudding is one of my favorite South African desserts best served with custard.

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Traditional Malva Pudding By Beastly Eats

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins

 1 cup sugar
 1 large egg
 2 tbsp butter
 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
 1 tbsp vinegar
 1 cup milk
 pinch salt

Method:

1. In a large bowl beat the sugar and egg, beat until creamy. Mix in vanilla essence.

2. Beat in melted butter and jam.

3. Sift flour and salt into the wet mixture and mix until well combined.

4. While mixing, slowly add milk.

5.. In a small bowl, add bicarb and vinegar, now add to the batter and mix with a spatula.

6. Pour batter into a well greased ovenproof dish.

7. Bake at 190°C for 35 mins until the top is nicely browned.

For the sauce: Melt all the butter and sugar together in a small pot over a medium heat, add milk and let boil, now pour over the pudding before serving, preferably while it’s still hot.

Ingredients

 1 cup sugar
 1 large egg
 2 tbsp butter
 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
 1 tbsp vinegar
 1 cup milk
 pinch salt

Directions

Traditional Malva Pudding By Beastly Eats

#3. Traditional South African Malva Pudding By All About Food

Traditional South African Malva pudding is an easy recipe and South Africans love making this pudding

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Traditional South African Malva Pudding By All About Food

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins

Malva Pudding is super popular in South Africa, and this delicious treat has become more well known around the world in recent years!

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! 

So what are you waiting for, let's try this out 🙂

Pudding
 2 Eggs
 250 ml Milk
 125 ml Sugar
 5 ml Bicarbonate soda
 250 ml Flour
 Pinch of salt
 30 ml Vinegar or lemon juice

Ingredients

Pudding
 2 Eggs
 250 ml Milk
 125 ml Sugar
 5 ml Bicarbonate soda
 250 ml Flour
 Pinch of salt
 30 ml Vinegar or lemon juice

Directions

Traditional South African Malva Pudding By All About Food

#4. Traditional South African Chocolate Malva Pudding By All About Food

This Traditional South African Chocolate Malva Pudding is such a wonderful recipe to try it out. Yummy and something that make you delighted

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Traditional South African Chocolate Malva Pudding By All About Food

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins

Traditional South African Chocolate Malva Pudding is a sweet decadent South African dessert with a caramelized exterior and spongy interior soaked in tasty warm butter.

 2 Eggs
 30 ml Vinegar or lemon juice
 5 ml Bicarbonate soda
 3 tbsp Coco powder
 250 ml Milk
 250 ml Flour
 125 ml Sugar
 25 ml Apricot jam
  Pinch of salt

Ingredients

 2 Eggs
 30 ml Vinegar or lemon juice
 5 ml Bicarbonate soda
 3 tbsp Coco powder
 250 ml Milk
 250 ml Flour
 125 ml Sugar
 25 ml Apricot jam
  Pinch of salt

Directions

Traditional South African Chocolate Malva Pudding By All About Food

#5. Malva Pudding By African Bites

So what is Malva pudding? It is a sweet pudding that has its origin in South African. What sets it apart is, it’s caramelized exterior and spongy interior when baked. Then it is soaked in a warm butter sauce and served with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Malva Pudding By African Bites

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 mins

May be you need a dessert to add to your repertoire that you can serve for your African theme party or  desire a dessert that is rich and sinfully Delicious. This Malva cake can satisfy your needs and desires.

 ¾ cup sugar
 2 large eggs
 1 tbsp un-salted butterroom temperature
 4 tbsp Apricot jam
 ½ tsp salt
 1 tsp vinegar
 ¾ cup milk
For the Sauce
 1 cup evaporated milk
 ¼ cup granulated sugar
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 8 tbsp butter.(4 ounce. / 113 grams)

Ingredients

 ¾ cup sugar
 2 large eggs
 1 tbsp un-salted butterroom temperature
 4 tbsp Apricot jam
 ½ tsp salt
 1 tsp vinegar
 ¾ cup milk
For the Sauce
 1 cup evaporated milk
 ¼ cup granulated sugar
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 8 tbsp butter.(4 ounce. / 113 grams)
Malva Pudding By African Bites

#6. Malva Pudding (Malvapoeding) By 196 Flavors

Malva pudding is a sweet and rich cake of Cape Dutch origin, that is as entrenched in the Afrikaans culture as koeksisters or melktert.

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Malva Pudding (Malvapoeding) By 196 Flavors

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time55 mins

It is prepared with apricot jam and a little brown vinegar, which give this delicious traditional South African dessert a caramelized texture that is to die for. It is then covered with a cream sauce while it is hot.

 1 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
 1 cup sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp apricot jam
 1 tsp baking soda
 ½ cup milk
 ¼ cup brown vinegar(e.g. malt or balsamic vinegar)
 1 cup flour sifted
 ¼ tsp salt
For the sauce
 1 cup heavy cream
 ¾ cup sugar
 8 tbsp butter
 ½ cup hot water

Ingredients

 1 tbsp butter(at room temperature)
 1 cup sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tbsp apricot jam
 1 tsp baking soda
 ½ cup milk
 ¼ cup brown vinegar(e.g. malt or balsamic vinegar)
 1 cup flour sifted
 ¼ tsp salt
For the sauce
 1 cup heavy cream
 ¾ cup sugar
 8 tbsp butter
 ½ cup hot water
Malva Pudding (Malvapoeding) By 196 Flavors

#7. Vegan Malva Pudding By Loving It Vegan

This vegan malva pudding is rich, sticky, caramely and saucy! It’s totally divine served warm with vegan whipped cream or ice cream.

Malva pudding is a huge favorite in South Africa. If you go to a wedding in South Africa, the chances are good there’ll be malva pudding served.

If you go to a dinner party the chances are good there’ll be malva. It’s served in many restaurants. So you get the idea, it’s kind of a big deal in SA culture.

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Vegan Malva Pudding By Loving It Vegan

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time55 mins

It’s a sponge cake made with apricot jam and you poke a bunch of holes in it and pour over a creamy sauce. The sponge soaks it up and the result is a rich, moist, sticky, caramel pudding!

For the Malva Pudding:
 5 ½ cups WhiteGranulated Sugar (300g)
 1 tsp Baking Soda
 ½ tsp Salt
 ½ cup Soy Milk (120ml)
 2 tbsp 2 Tbsp Smooth Apricot Jam (40g)
  Coconut Oil (30ml) Melted)
For the Sauce:
 ½ cup Vegan Butter (112g)
 ¾ cup White Granulated Sugar (150g)
 1 cup Canned Coconut Cream(240ml) Unsweetened

Even though it is VERY saucy, as you make a big batch of sauce to pour over it, it’s usually served hot with custard, whipped cream or ice cream as well. I mean bring on the richness!

You really wouldn’t know this is a vegan malva unless someone told you. Everything about it, from taste to texture is just spot on.

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Ingredients

For the Malva Pudding:
 5 ½ cups WhiteGranulated Sugar (300g)
 1 tsp Baking Soda
 ½ tsp Salt
 ½ cup Soy Milk (120ml)
 2 tbsp 2 Tbsp Smooth Apricot Jam (40g)
  Coconut Oil (30ml) Melted)
For the Sauce:
 ½ cup Vegan Butter (112g)
 ¾ cup White Granulated Sugar (150g)
 1 cup Canned Coconut Cream(240ml) Unsweetened
Vegan Malva Pudding By Loving It Vegan

#8. South African Malva Pudding By Bigger Bolder Baking

South African Malva Pudding, 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.

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South African Malva Pudding By Bigger Bolder Baking

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time55 mins

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!

This Malva Pudding recipe is a sweet and moist cake recipe straight from South Africa made with incredible apricot jam and heavy cream.

I don’t know if it’s possible to make a cake that is richer or moister!

For The Pudding
 ¾ cup whole milk(6floz/170ml)
 ½ cup dark brown sugar(3oz/85g)
 2 large eggs
 3 tbsp apricot jam strained
 2 tbsp butter, melted(1oz/57g)
 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour(7½oz/213g)
 1 tsp baking soda
 a pinch of salt
Sauce
 ½ cup heavy cream(4floz/115ml)
 ½ cup whole milk(4floz/115ml)
 ½ cup butter(4oz/115g)
 ½ cup sugar(4oz/115g)
 ¼ tsp salt

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

Ingredients

For The Pudding
 ¾ cup whole milk(6floz/170ml)
 ½ cup dark brown sugar(3oz/85g)
 2 large eggs
 3 tbsp apricot jam strained
 2 tbsp butter, melted(1oz/57g)
 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour(7½oz/213g)
 1 tsp baking soda
 a pinch of salt
Sauce
 ½ cup heavy cream(4floz/115ml)
 ½ cup whole milk(4floz/115ml)
 ½ cup butter(4oz/115g)
 ½ cup sugar(4oz/115g)
 ¼ tsp salt
South African Malva Pudding By Bigger Bolder Baking

#9. Instant Pot Malva Pudding Cakes By West Of The Loop

Why would one want to bake a cake in the Instant Pot? It’s not so much the speed — which is the usual benefit of cooking in the Instant Pot — but rather the texture that one can achieve by steaming a cake instead of baking it.

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Instant Pot Malva Pudding Cakes By West Of The Loop

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time55 mins

Use your Instant Pot to make this to-die-for malva pudding, a dense, spongy, caramelized cake of South African origin served with a brown sugar cream sauce.

For a cake intended to be moist, sticky, and pudding-like, such as a malva pudding, steaming is far superior to baking in the oven, which can cause cakes to dry out. And steaming under pressue is exactly when an electric pressure cooker like an Instant Pot does.

Cake
 1 cup flour
 ¾ tsp baking soda
 ½ tsp tsp salt
 1 egg
 1 tbsp butter, melted
 1 tbsp apricot jam
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup whole milk
Sauce
 ¾ cup cream
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 4 tbsp butter(2 oz or 1/2 stick)
 Pinch salt
 Splash vanilla extract
 Whipped cream or creme fraiche for serving

Ingredients

Cake
 1 cup flour
 ¾ tsp baking soda
 ½ tsp tsp salt
 1 egg
 1 tbsp butter, melted
 1 tbsp apricot jam
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup whole milk
Sauce
 ¾ cup cream
 ¾ cup brown sugar
 4 tbsp butter(2 oz or 1/2 stick)
 Pinch salt
 Splash vanilla extract
 Whipped cream or creme fraiche for serving
Instant Pot Malva Pudding Cakes By West Of The Loop

#10. Malva Pudding Chocolate By African Bites

Malva Pudding Chocolate – A decadent traditional South African dessert that you just have to try! Rich, moist, chocolatey and oh so easy!

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Malva Pudding (Chocolate) By African Bites

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins

Here, instead of drenching this cake with plain warm butter sauce, I added some chocolate to it, to make it even more decadent.

What I love most about this recipe besides the taste and texture is how easy it is to make. Just a few simple, standard ingredients mixed together, coupled with an easy chocolate sauce and you’re ready to dig in.

Enjoy!

 2 large eggs
 1 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
 1 ½ tsp orange zestgrated
 4 tbsp Apricot jam
 6 ½ oz sugar3/4 cup, 200 ml, or 180 g
 1 tsp vinegar
 ¾ cup milk
 1 cup all-purpose flour5 ounces
 1 tsp baking soda
 ½ tsp salt
Chocolate Sauce
 1 cup evaporated milk
 1/4 -1/3 cup brown sugar
 6 tbsp butter.3 ounce. / 88 grams
 2 oz milk/ semi sweet chocolate
 ½ tsp almond extract
 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients

 2 large eggs
 1 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
 1 ½ tsp orange zestgrated
 4 tbsp Apricot jam
 6 ½ oz sugar3/4 cup, 200 ml, or 180 g
 1 tsp vinegar
 ¾ cup milk
 1 cup all-purpose flour5 ounces
 1 tsp baking soda
 ½ tsp salt
Chocolate Sauce
 1 cup evaporated milk
 1/4 -1/3 cup brown sugar
 6 tbsp butter.3 ounce. / 88 grams
 2 oz milk/ semi sweet chocolate
 ½ tsp almond extract
 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Malva Pudding Chocolate By African Bites

#11. South African Malva Pudding W/ Easy Frozen Custard By Simply Delicious Food

Malva pudding is a warm, baked dessert of Cape Dutch origin and is all kinds of luscious. It’s not unlike sticky toffee pudding in theory but the flavour is different due to the addition of apricot jam and vinegar which gives the finished dish its characteristic taste and appearance.

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South African Malva Pudding W Easy Frozen Custard By Simply Delicious Food

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr

A glossy butter-enriched syrup is poured over when the baked pudding comes out of the oven and is then allowed to soak into it, adding even more deliciousness.

 2 tbsp butter
 1 cup sugar
 2 cups flour
 2 cups milk
 2 eggs
 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda baking soda
 pinch of salt
For The Syrup
 1 cup sugar
 2 tbsp golden syrupyou can also substitute maple syrup/honey
 1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Frozen Custard
 2 cups whipping/heavy cream500ml
 3 tbsp icing sugar
 2 cups shop-bought vanilla custard

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Ingredients

 2 tbsp butter
 1 cup sugar
 2 cups flour
 2 cups milk
 2 eggs
 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda baking soda
 pinch of salt
For The Syrup
 1 cup sugar
 2 tbsp golden syrupyou can also substitute maple syrup/honey
 1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Frozen Custard
 2 cups whipping/heavy cream500ml
 3 tbsp icing sugar
 2 cups shop-bought vanilla custard
South African Malva Pudding W/ Easy Frozen Custard By Simply Delicious Food

Conclusion

Whether it is Christmas or not, and whether you are in South Africa or not, you should definitely try this pudding. This is a pudding that is rich in flavor and nutrients while remaining sweet and moist. If you were looking for comfort food, your quest ends here! Serve it while hot and let your family and friends enjoy it and shower you with compliments on your culinary skills.

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