Malva Pudding is a true South African pudding dish, with a sweet sponge and a decadent caramelized sticky sauce; it’s normally served with hot custard or ice cream. This pudding originated from the old Cape Dutch ladies. What sets it apart is, it’s caramelized exterior and spongy interior when baked.
The name for malva pudding in Afrikaans is malvapoeding, which literally means marshmallow pudding. This theory probably comes from the resemblance between the pudding’s texture and that of marshmallow or its Afrikaner version called malvelekker, that is prepared with mallow (malva) extract. Others say that the sauce originally used in the Dutch recipe contained Malvasia (also known as malmsey) wine, or that the pudding was served with this sweet wine, popular of the Mediterranean region, especially Madeira.