Woolies blends malva pudding and milk tart into a cake. We had a taste

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Woolworths Malva Milk Tart Cascading Cake

  • Woolworths recently added the new Malva Milk Tart Cascading Cake on December 13, 2021, to their Chilled Cakes & Desserts catalogue, it's said to be the "Showstopper for Christmas 2021" and is now in stores.
  • The cake is a blend of Malva Pudding and Milk Tart and will cost you R229,99.
  • You do need to pour the sachet of caramel and crumble provided over the top – to give it the 'cascading' effect.
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The Woolworths' Malva Milk Tart Cascading Cake is the brand's most talked about festive season dessert to grace our tables this Christmas. The cake is a combination of South Africa's staple desserts, Malva Pudding and Milk Tart.

The cake is said to be the brand's newest edition to the Chilled Cakes and Desserts section. According to Woolworth's official Twitter account this might be their most asked about product of the season. The cake unlike some other seasonal Christmas dessert is going to be on shelves over the festive season and in selected stores as an offering as of February 2022 at a cost of R229,99.

The festive season makes for "nostalgic get togethers", said Woolworths, which is why they focused on creating this layered twist of Malva pudding and Milk Tart - a true blend of South Africa's most staple household dessert favourites. The newest edition which has become a talking point was well received with a lot of excitement especially with customers requesting the cake.

We tasted the cake along with four tasters. Here is what we thought:

It's not nearly as sweet as you'd think....

"The devil's candy," said the first taster, "it's addictive and has a really good balance."

Worried about the sweetness? No need to, the layers are said to be a balance of flavours and the level of sweetness is neutralised with the addition of the Malva Sponge.

Slice of the Malva Milk Tart Cascading Cake

... and the 'çascading effect' makes it kind of magical.

The cake makes for a magical theatre of food with its 'cascading' effect which requires that you pour sachets of caramelised condensed milk over the top - and watch it take on a life of its own.

Attached to the cake once you remove the lid, you'll find the sachets, as well as biscuit crumbs to sprinkle as the finishing touch.


And the milk tart base is not left behind.

If you're a fan of the milk tart biscuit base, it wasn't excluded. In this twist it comes as a garnish.

The verdict: It's almost perfect - but a bit rough on the wallet

"The biscuits give it a really nice crunch, funny enough I saw the caramel and thought, diabetes in a box, but was surprised because I just kept going back for more," said taster two.

An instant mood changer described by taster three. The cake is the girl who she definitely thinks she is. The four-layer cake begins with a Milk Tart mousse followed by a fluffy Malva sponge layer then a layer of caramel mousse finished with a layer of Malva sponge. "I can even overlook the price, because it tastes nice," said taster four. 

Out of 10, this fusion of South African heritage deserves a noble nine, the dessert neared perfection but goes for a hefty price making it just shy of a perfect score.

Its fluffiness and balance of sweetness is the perfect dessert for Christmas lunch, with no guilt whatsoever after each slice.

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