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5 from 1 vote

Malva Pudding Cupcakes

Literally translated as mallow pudding, this [malva pudding] is a well-loved traditional South-African pudding. It is seriously sweet and seriously rich but oh-so-mouth-meltingly-delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: mallow pudding cupcakes, malva pudding, malva pudding cupcakes
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Calories: 283kcal


For the cupcake

  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 T unsalted butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t lemon juice
  • 2 T apricot jam
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 C cake flour

For the sauce:

  • 1 C lowfat evaporated milk
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C boiling water


  • Combine butter, sugar and egg
  • Add lemon juice, apricot jam, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add milk and flour bit by bit, stirring to ensure no lumps form.
  • Fill cupcake liners almost to the top.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until nicely risen and browned on top. The top should feel spongy.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave, stirring to ensure all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Prick the cupcakes with a toothpick. Then, drizzle the sauce over them. It should be absorbed very quickly.
  • Return to the oven for another three minutes to caramelize.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 0.2mg