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Chocolate malva

Chocolate malva

This crowd-pleasing dessert is actually from South Africa. It’s essentially a cake, which traditionally has apricot jam in it. Try serving it with chocolate sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook45 mins
  • Total time1 hr 5 mins

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  • 30g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g plain four
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 120ml whole or semi skimmed milk
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Grease a 1-litre ovenproof dish with butter and set aside. In a stand mixer (or in a bowl with electric beaters), whisk together the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt; mix until everything is well incorporated.

  2. In a small pan, melt the butter, then add to the batter with the vinegar and milk; whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  3. In a small pan, heat the cream, swirling occasionally, until steaming. Put the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl with a small pinch of salt, then pour over the cream. Leave to sit for 1 minute, then whisk together until combined and thick. Using a skewer, poke holes in the cake all the way to the bottom. Pour ½ the chocolate sauce over the cake and allow to absorb completely. Serve with the remaining chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


3,739kJ/ 894kcals



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