malva pudding

Malva Pudding with orange-scented custard. Image: Jenny Morris.

Malva pudding with orange-scented custard: A delicious twist

Rich, decadent South African dessert consisting of a moist and fluffy apricot-flavoured cake soaked in a creamy caramelised syrup.

malva pudding

Malva Pudding with orange-scented custard. Image: Jenny Morris.

Bring a unique flavour to a South African favourite with this malva pudding with orange-scented custard. This rich South African dessert consists of a moist and fluffy apricot-flavoured cake soaked in a creamy caramelised syrup. But this time around, we add some citrus flavours to the mix.

With winter starting to settle in, what is better than a warm, sweet and spongy pudding? Prepare this dessert in one hour and enjoy the inviting flavour filling your home.

What makes this malva pudding with orange-scented custard unique?

Traditional malva pudding is a combination of apricot flavoured sponge cake with caramelised syrup. However, the addition of an orange flavour to the custard makes for an unexpectant delicious bite. This is the perfect flavour for winter when our citrus season is in full swing.

This recipe can form the basis for trying out different flavours to pair with your malva pudding. It’s time to get adventurous in your kitchen!

This tasty recipe from Jenny Morris, also known as The Giggling Gourmet, will easily become a family favourite.

Malva pudding with orange-scented custard recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Jenny Morris Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • Malva Pudding
  • 1 cup 1 castor sugar

  • 2 extra-large 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon 1 apricot jam

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • cups all-purpose flour, sifted 3 times

  • ½ teaspoon ½ ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ½ ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon 1 bicarbonate of soda

  • pinch of salt

  • 30 g 30 butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon 1 white vinegar

  • ½ cup ½ milk

  • Sauce
  • 1 cup 1 (250 ml) cream

  • 125 g 125 butter

  • ½ cup ½ sugar

  • ½ cup ½ water

  • Cheat’s Custard
  • 3 cups 3 ready-made custard

  • ½ cup ½ cream

  • 2 tablespoons 2 orange


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Butter an oven-proof baking dish large enough to hold the batter.
  • Beat the castor sugar and eggs together till light and fluffy. Add the jam and vanilla extract, and stir to mix it in.
  • Now mix the flour, cardamom, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and salt together.
  • Stir the melted butter, vinegar and milk together.
  • Fold the flour and milk mixtures gently into the egg mixture – make sure not to over-mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the lightly buttered baking dish. Tap down on a firm surface to get rid of any air pockets, and then bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the pudding.
  • Remove from the oven and pierce the top with a skewer, spoon the sauce over the top and let the pudding absorb it.
  • While the pudding is baking, make the sauce. Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and over a gentle heat stir together to dissolve the sugar and melt the butter. Give it a good whisk and remove from the stove till needed.
  • Just before serving, mix together all the custard ingredients and serve with the pudding – it is delicious warm or cold.


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