South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes

South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes | All that's Jas

 

This classic South African dessert, malva pudding is spongy in texture, sticky and irresistible. You’ll love baking the malva pudding in a muffin pan not only because the mini cakes are just the right portions for individual servings but also because you won’t have to worry about slicing it perfectly. 

 

South African Malva pudding mini cakes

 

Here’s a recipe, a little something new for you, and fresh for me. I’ll be honest, the first time I heard of this, I was like “huh?” But, I am SO glad that I made this dessert because it is absolutely delicious!

 

To be clear, this isn’t a pudding like you would buy in little Jello cups as a pack of four. This type of dessert has a spongy, caramelized texture made with apricot jam and served hot with a cream sauce poured over the top of it. Sounds much better than the pudding you first thought of, right?

 

This type of pudding is more so like a cake, as you can tell, and pairs so nicely with some ice cream or whipped cream. Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cake à la mode? Unless you’re lactose intolerant, you’re lying if you don’t like ice cream. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

 

How Do You Make Malva Pudding?

 

You can make malva pudding as one big thing, or you can use a muffin pan to create single servings. For this recipe, I decided to use a large, 6-cup, muffin pan to create those perfect little portions, because I love dessert and I have minimal self-control. I’m not promising that won’t stop you from eating more than one of these, and therefore, multiple portions. It’s happened before.

 

I once knew a young girl who was bright and ambitious. She was a gentle, friendly person, and was a little particular about the foods she ate. She also has a massive sweet tooth and ate 8 muffin-sized guava cheesecakes last Thanksgiving. 😲 I can’t blame her. When the dessert is good, it’s good. And no muffin-sized, portioned-out servings of it are going to stop you from indulging. 😋

 

This recipe is no exception.

 

When you have a cake like this that makes you melt into your chair, you’ll want to indulge all you want (and you can). The cream sauce is poured over the top of the mini cakes as soon as they come out of the oven, so it soaks into the cake. Talk about decadent!

 

Pouring cream sauce over the hot malva pudding mini cakes.

 

If you’re stuck what dessert you’re trying to bring for the holidays, this is an excellent option for you to try. Other people can come with the store-bought cookies or the box-mix brownies, but you can bring something to the table that will be memorable, and that everyone will be asking about. Unless that young girl manages to eat 8 of them again. Oh, also, that young girl was me. 🙋‍♀️

 

Baking vs. Cooking?

 

I have previously discussed how I prefer cooking because you can experiment without messing up a recipe; whereas baking is more so like an exact recipe to follow or you could mess up the whole thing.

 

Well, the good news is, this South African malva pudding is something you can experiment with a little. Some of your options are using ginger in the pudding mix for a little bit of spice or switching some of the ingredients for the cream sauce.

 

I’ve heard of people using sweetened condensed milk instead of cream, and some like to add almond extract in addition to the vanilla extract. Whichever your preference is, I guarantee that these little pudding muffins will steal your heart!

 

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Malva pudding as mini cakes - a South African sticky dessert

 

~ Free Tip ~

 
  • Serve the pudding cakes warm or cold as they are, or you can dust them with powder sugar or top with ice cream.
  • It is best to serve the pudding when the sauce is fully absorbed.
 

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes


 

 

How to Make South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes:

Pudding Cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 6-cup muffin pan or a 7-inch round or square baking dish.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the jam and mix through.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mix alternating with milk. Stir in the vinegar. Combine everything together.
  7. Pour into the prepared muffin pan and bake until the cakes turn golden brown on the edges about 30-45 minutes (about 60 minutes if you’re not using a muffin pan).

Cream Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, add all the ingredients and heat over medium heat until butter is melted and everything is well combined.

Assemble

  1. Take out the cakes from the oven and poke holes with a toothpick all over them. Pour the sauce over the hot baked pudding cakes.
  2. Let the cakes stand for about 20-30 minutes for the sauce to completely soak in.
  3. Serve it warm or cold.

 

Delicious malva pudding baked in muffin pan

Irresistible South African recipe for malva pudding

 

South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes Recipe
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South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes Recipe

Irresistible as mini cakes, this sticky and spongy classic South African malva pudding dessert will have everyone begging for seconds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South African
Servings: 6
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

Pudding Cakes

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Cream Sauce

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Pudding Cakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 6-cup muffin pan or a 7-inch round or square baking dish.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the jam and mix through.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the milk.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mix alternating with milk. Stir in the vinegar. Combine everything together.
  • Pour into the prepared muffin pan and bake until the cakes turn golden brown on the edges about 30-45 minutes (about 60 minutes if you're not using a muffin pan).

Cream Sauce

  • In a saucepan, add all the ingredients and heat over medium heat until butter is melted and everything is well combined.

Assemble

  • Take out the cakes from the oven and poke holes with a toothpick all over them. Pour the sauce over the hot baked pudding cakes.
  • Let the cakes stand for about 20-30 minutes for the sauce to completely soak in.
  • Serve it warm or cold.

RECIPE NOTES:

~ Free Tip ~
  • Serve the pudding cakes warm or cold as they are, or you can dust them with powder sugar or top with ice cream.
  • It is best to serve the pudding when the sauce is fully absorbed.
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NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
South African Malva Pudding Mini Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 417mg 17%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Sugars 46g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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28 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    September 14, 2018 at 7:16 am

    A right proper pudding, if I so say myself. I remember malva pudding, but haven’t had it since I traveled in South Africa years ago. As I remember, the texture was amazing, sweet and kinda chewy. Very excited to make this one and see if mind remembers correctly.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 14, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Thanks, Ron! I hope your mind will not only remember this treat but also recollect happy memories of your trip, as food can often help do. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Simple Indian Mom
    September 14, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Wow that looks so yummy <3 will give it a try my kids would love to have it

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 14, 2018 at 11:33 am

      It’s sweet and sticky, just like the kids like it 😀 Hope yours will enjoy it too!

  3. Reply
    Life Diet Health
    September 14, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I’ve never heard of these either but they look and sound like something we’d all love! I might use your recipe for the boys first then try and veganise them for me! 😀 Thanks for sharing over at Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 14, 2018 at 11:38 am

      Let me know how your vegan version turns out, I’m intrigued! 🙂

      1. Reply
        Life Diet Health
        September 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        I will do! Hubby has a South African friend so I’ll try an authenticity test! Thanks again.

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          Jas
          September 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm

          Awesome

  4. Reply
    Zeba@Food For The Soul
    September 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    This looks amazing and I am bookmarking to try. Thanks for sharing on Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 15, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Zeba! x

  5. Reply
    Jann Olson
    September 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      They really are, Jann! Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Reply
    helenfern
    September 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    ok – Now I’m hungry for one! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 17, 2018 at 7:30 am

      😀 Thanks, Helen!

  7. Reply
    Natalie
    September 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    I never heard of these cakes before but they look absolutely amazing and so delicious and moist!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      They are definitely moist, Natalie. Thanks for stopping in!

  8. Reply
    The Girl Next Door
    September 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

    This looks and sounds exactly like my kind of dessert! I’ll definitely try this out soon. Thank you for the detailed recipe. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      I hope you do! 😀

  9. Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Your Malva Pudding Cakes look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, your post is awesome. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Glad you like it, Miz Helen! XOXO

  10. Reply
    debanitaghosh
    September 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I love your malva mini cakes. It looks delicious & tempting especially with lovely design on top. Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      I’m so happy you like them, Debanita! Thanks for stopping in. x

  11. Reply
    Irene
    September 19, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    yummy!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      That’s what I said, lol. 🙂

  12. Reply
    Jodie Fitz
    September 26, 2018 at 7:27 am

    These look GREAT! We have hosted a ‘dinner around the world’ and I will save this for that… hope to see you at this weeks Reader Tip Tuesday, I always love your recipes. x0 http://www.jodiefitz.com/2018/09/25/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party-14-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 26, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Aren’t those dinners fun? 😀 Thank you for your kind words, Jodie! Hope your week is going great. xx

  13. Reply
    acraftymix
    October 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

    You are my hero Jas. Malva pudding is probably one of our most well known deserts and I don’t believe I have ever seen one as beautiful as yours. EVER. Damn girl, you have got to come visit us here in South Africa soon so I can get all my friends to meet a foodie blogger from the States that makes the most amazingly authentic South Africa dishes. You’ll be a hit and we probably won’t let you go home 😉

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 2, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Awe! A hero? Why, thank you very much, although I’m far from being one. I’d love to visit you and the land of my dreams one day. Perhaps I’d want you to not let me go home. 😉

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