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Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva pudding is a sweet dessert of South African origin and has the most incredible spongy caramelized texture.

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Malva Pudding Recipe

  • Author: Bianca Swanepoel
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


To add in my own nostalgic flare, I’ve slightly tweaked this old recipe by adding in Amarula – a traditional sweet cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream, and the fruit of the African marula tree which is also locally called the Elephant tree.


For the cake: 

1 egg

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon apricot jam (you could also use orange marmalade)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vinegar (I used apple cider)

1 cup whole milk

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch salt 


For the Amarula sauce: 

¼  cup heavy cream

½ tsp orange zest

½ c Amarula

1 stick unsalted butter

4 TB water

¼ – ½ tsp himalayan salt (I prefer my desserts a little on the salty side to counteract the sweetness. Start with 1/4 tsp of salt and go from there)


For the cake: 


For the Amarula Sauce: 


  • It’s totally possible to whisk the cake mixture by hand, but I warn you that your arm will get extremely tired.
  • This cake is best served warm and day-of in my opinion, but can it definitely be made ahead of time (1-2 days before).

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