Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding Recipe

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Malva Pudding Recipe

This quick and easy malva pudding recipe is the perfect candidate for a Sunday lunch dessert. If you ask most people on a Monday what they had for dessert on Sunday, they will tell you, malva pudding. This traditional malva pudding caused quite a stir on social media.

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We understand how sacred this recipe is and launched a contest asking for malva pudding which received over a thousand entries. This malva pudding recipe is the winning recipe and the author decided to remain anonymous but gave us full permission to publish this recipe. Many elders in South Africa claim parentage to this classic malva pudding dish, but research tells us that Dutch colonists brought the recipe to South Africa when they arrived. Malva pudding became an instant hit and remains one of the most popular desserts in South Africa.

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Thanks for giving us the opportunity to show you how to make malva pudding.

Recipe Info


Serves: 4


Calories: 318
Carbs: 19g
Fat: 9g
Protein: 18g

Cooking Times

15 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 15 Minutes
30 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 30 Minutes
45 min
Total Time
0 Hours and 45 Minutes




  1. Prepar the Malva Pudding
    Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Mix all the pudding ingredients together in a mixing bowl until smooth
  3. Turn out into a well greased baking dish
  4. Bake for 20 minutes
  5. Test with a skewer, and meanwhile
  6. Prepare the Sauce
    Add all the sauce ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat
  7. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved
  8. Simme for 5 minutes over low heat
  9. Cut the pudding into equal squares to allow it to absorb the sauce
  10. Pour the sauce evenly over the pudding as soon as the pudding has been removed from the oven
  11. Serve at once and enjoy.

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Sandra Heysteck
I am a huge fan of your recipes and follow all your recipes on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for yet another winning recipe Your recipes are world class and you make me feel proud to be South African. A world where we share great food and cooking ideas, and the best friendships. 5.00

Natasha Hauptflesch
This malva pudding recipe is out of this world. You cannot go wrong with this recipe and everybody loves it. Even the kids go for second helpings. 5.00

Elma Potgieter
Now I also know how to make malva pudding. I will make this pudding for my husband when I am married every Sunday. 5.00

Jolandie Muller
I just left another comment on your apricot jam recipe page and wanted to say thanks for all the wonderful recipes including this easy malva pudding recipe. 🙏 5.00

Santie Gouws
This is a perfect malva pudding recipe. It is easy to make and really tasty. 5.00

Natalie Prinsloo
Finally, a malva pudding recipe that was worth trying. Nothing fancy about this recipe and baked to perfection. 5.00

Hannelie Retief
Time to celebrate. I looked all over for a traditional malva pudding recipe and you don't know how happy I am to have found this recipe. Hooray. 👏 5.00

Sanie Brits
Super delicious and easy-to-make malva pudding recipe. Thanks for the easy steps. 5.00

Marna Hattingh
The best malva pudding recipe I have tried. Works great, every time. 5.00

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