The Delights of Malva Pudding

South Africa is not usually known for its desserts, but it does have one scrumptious cake that the locals around here cannot get enough of!

Malva Pudding, straight out of the oven!

Malva pudding is a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture and is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. Many South African restaurants offer it, and while it is not exactly your usual fast food fare, it is still worth trying to hunt some down when around the country.

It looks so sexy draped in custard!

Every country has its own ‘national cake’, whether it’s fruit cake, carrot cake, chocolate gateaux, or whatever. Well, in South Africa, clearly they have chosen the Malva Pudding as the cake to be passed down the generations. I only ate it once, in a restaurant on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, but I remember it very well, and obviously it looks even more photogenic when topped with the goodness of warm custard!


Admittedly, the best Malva Pudding is passed down through the generations of families, no doubt with secret recipes, but sometimes you get really lucky and are able to enjoy a delectable taste in a café or restaurant. I don’t know too much about South African food, but I did see many locals enjoying their pudding. It seems to be a treat that can be eaten at any time of the year, rather than a seasonal sweet.

Have you tried Malva Pudding? How did you find it? Know of a better South African dessert?


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