How To Make Malva Pudding

Ingredients for Malva Pudding

If you want to make a delicious and traditional South African dessert, Malva Pudding is the way to go. This sweet and sticky sponge cake is the perfect treat for any occasion. To make Malva Pudding, you will need the following ingredients:

For the pudding:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of smooth apricot jam
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • 1 cup of milk

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of hot water

Instructions for Making Malva Pudding

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to start making your Malva Pudding. Follow these simple steps to create a decadent and irresistible dessert:

Step 1: Preheat your oven

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.

How To Make Malva Pudding

Step 2: Make the pudding mixture

In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and egg. Add the apricot jam and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix in the vinegar and melted butter until well combined.

Step 3: Bake the pudding

Pour the pudding mixture into the greased baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 4: Make the sauce

While the pudding is baking, make the sauce by combining the cream, sugar, butter, and hot water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy

Once the pudding is done baking, remove it from the oven and pour the hot sauce over the top. Let the pudding stand for a few minutes to absorb the sauce before serving. Enjoy your delicious Malva Pudding warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


Malva Pudding is a classic South African dessert that is loved by people of all ages. With its moist and sticky texture, sweet apricot flavor, and rich cream sauce, this pudding is a true indulgence. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply craving something sweet, Malva Pudding is the perfect treat. Try making this traditional recipe at home and impress your friends and family with your baking skills!