My Weekend Plans Involve You ( and dessert)

What a super relaxing weekend… the first summer rains fell and the girls and I were cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Sunday lunch with friends allowed for some must needed socializing. No Sunday lunch is complete in Southern Africa without Malva Pudding for dessert. Rain or sunshine, winter or summer, this dessert is a favorite in our Kalahari kitchen. Loved by family and friends, this old South African classic will soon become a regular dessert on your weekend menu.

Malva pudding, also called malvapoeding or marshmallow pudding, is a traditional South African dessert. It is a sweet pudding recipe with a yellow sponge drenched in a decadent sauce. Generally, it also contains apricot jam, which is a classic ingredient in South African cuisine.

With over 180 000 results in Google – this pudding is a South African legend – and can be found in nearly ALL South African cookbooks and on dessert menus countrywide. Every family has their special version of this recipe and no one’s Malva Pudding is as good as what your grandmother used to make!

Desserts are the fairytales of the kitchen; a happily-ever-after to supper.

Terri Guillemets

This Malva Pudding recipe is an age old version of the ever so popular ones that you can find anywhere online. Sweet, sticky and super easy to make, this dessert is easily made from your store cupboard basics. Yes, this is my grandmother’s recipe with a twist. A happily-ever-after for three generations.

I love to add another South African favorite by adding half a cup of Amarula Cream to the cream sauce that is poured over the dessert after baking. Amarula is a cream liqueur made from the nutritious marula fruit only found in the Sub-Saharan African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe. If you cannot find Amarula ( it is available on Amazon!) just add the same equivalent of cream to your sauce. I only pour half of the sauce over the baked dessert and then serve the rest of the sauce on the side.

This dessert is mouthwatering served with homemade custard or vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy this South African classic!

Amarula Malva Pudding, a South African classic


1/2 Cup Butter

1/2 Cup White Sugar

1 Extra large Egg

3 Tablespoons Apricot Jam/Jelly

1 Cup Cake (All Purpose) Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Buttermilk (or Greek yoghurt)

Amarula Sauce

1 Cup Amarula Liquer (Cream liquer) or 1 Cup Cream

2/3 Cup Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Cream

When adding your baking soda- buttermilk mixture to the batter, do not over mix. Make sure it is just blended and then spoon into your baking dish.


1.Preheat the oven to 180C/360F and grease a 9 inch square rectangular baking dish or a 6-hole muffin tray

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and pale

3. Add the egg and jam and beat together

4. Sieve the flour and add to butter mixture

5.Dissolve baking soda in the buttermilk and add to cake mixture. Mix till blended Do not over ix

6. Pour the mixture into the baking dish or muffin holes

7.Bake for 30 minutes for large pudding or 20 minutes for individual desserts until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.

Make the Sauce

Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Let it simmer over low heat until sauce starts to thicken.

When the dessert comes out of the oven, pour half of the cream sauce over the cake to soak in.

Serve hot or room temperature with custard, vanilla bean ice cream and your extra Amarula sauce.

Leave a Reply