Project Description


I love Nabulungi. In the Book of Mormon, she is a young woman living in war-torn Uganda who dreams of a brighter future.

“Sal Tlay Ka Siti, the most perfect place on Earth
Where flies don’t bite your eyeballs and human life has worth
It isn’t a place of fairy tales, it’s as real as it can be
A land where evil doesn’t exist: Sal Tlay Ka Siti” (Salt Lake City for the non-fans!)

She represents hope and light in the face of evil and darkness. 

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I wanted to challenge myself a bit and find a traditional African dessert. Easier said than done. I settled on Malva pudding, a sponge-like, rich cake with a delicate apricot flavor popular in South Africa. It is not the prettiest dessert, but it is mighty tasty!

Nabulungi’s Malva Pudding

12 servings – it is so rich – a small piece will do it!

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  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of apricot jam or preserves
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 1/2 ounces butter
  • 5 ounces sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 8 or 9 inch square or round cake pan.

2. Cream together the sugar and eggs on medium-high speed for several minutes, or until pale and thick. Add the apricot jam and stir until combined.

3. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

4. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Once it has cooled for a couple minutes, add the vinegar. Add this mixture to the egg mixture. Mix. Then, add half of the flour mixture and mix again. Finish by adding the milk and the rest of the flour. Beat well.

5. Bake for 25 minutes. While the cake is in the oven, combine the heavy cream, butter, sugar, water, and vanilla into a small pot over low heat until melted (do not boil). After 25 minutes, remove the cake from the oven and poke several holes in the cake (the end of a wooden spoon works well for this!). Pour the sauce over the top of the cake slowly, allowing the sauce to be absorbed so that it doesn’t overflow. It will absorb the sauce rather quickly!

6. Return the cake to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold!

Find more Book of Mormon inspired desserts here