If you’re a fan of rich, decadent desserts, then you’re in for a treat! Malva pudding, a beloved South African classic, is a warm and gooey sponge cake drenched in a luscious sauce. This dessert is the perfect combination of sweetness and comfort, making it an excellent choice for any occasion. Follow along as we guide you through the steps to create your own mouthwatering malva pudding masterpiece.


For the Malva Sponge:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp white vinegar

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste
  • 1 cup cream
  • 100g butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Prepare the Curdled Milk Mixture:
    • Bring the milk and white vinegar to a boil until it curdles. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the Malva Sponge Batter:
    • In a mixer or bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy.
    • Add apricot jam to the egg mixture and continue whisking.
    • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda.
    • With the mixer running, alternately add portions of the curdled milk mixture and the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Mix until well combined.

  1. Bake the Malva Sponge:
    • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
    • Pour the batter into a greased baking dish.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  1. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a saucepan, combine vanilla paste, cream, butter, milk, and brown sugar.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously until it thickens.

  1. Serve:
    • Once the malva sponge is baked, pour the warm caramel sauce over it, ensuring that it soaks in.

  1. Optional: Serve with Creme Anglaise:
    • Enhance the indulgence by serving the malva pudding with a side of creme anglaise.

This dessert is sure to become a family favourite, perfect for cozy nights or special celebrations.