National Milk Tart Day

Today, 27 February 2017, South Africans are celebrating National Milk Tart Day. Milk tart or melktert (the Afrikaans meaning of milk tart) is a traditional classic South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust base, filled with creamy custard of milk, flour, sugar and eggs. It’s usually baked in a round pie tin and is dusted with cinnamon after baking. According to Cook’s info, this dish seems to have come straight from Dutch Medieval cooking, via the Dutch settlers in the Cape in the 1600s.

The Velvet Cake Co.

This National Milk Tart Day, we suggest you make a turn to the Velvet Cake Co. who is spicing things up with their delectable milk tart cupcakes.


The bakery in Loop Street was generous enough to treat one of our Moneybags’ writers to a complimentary cup of coffee and cupcake. Beautifully decorated, the moist yet light and fluffy cinnamon flavoured sponge consists of a creamy milk tart filling and topping. The sweetness of the cupcake wasn’t overpowering and despite the many flavours and different ingredients, it all blended very well together.  Visually, the cupcake was presented with “National Milk Tart Day” biscuit and was packaged in a small box with a ribbon wrapped around it. Overall, this traditional treat with the Velvet Cake co.’s new take gets 9.5/10 rating from our team.


The signature cupcake is available in Velvet Cake Co. stores, priced at R20 each.  If you visit today, you can buy three milk tart cupcakes for the price of two. Also be sure to take one of their cupcake loyalty cards. If you can’t make it to the store day, the milk tart cupcakes are available daily.

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Other specialities include their dramatic naked rainbow cakes which is comprised of six layers of colourful buttermilk with cream cheese frosting spread between each layer; red velvet and cheesecake combo cakes; as well as their Sweetie Pie cupcakes.

Other stores

You can also enjoy milk tart from the following bakeries and stores:

Limnos bakery (Cape Town):

  • A standard milk tart – R59.90
  • A chocolate milk tart – R65.00

Classic bakery (Cape Town):

  • Classic milk tart – R77.00

Woolworths (Nationwide):

  • 600g milk tart – R44.99
  • Milk tart pud in a pot – R24.99

Fournos (Johannesburg)

  • Milk tart (cocktails) – R8.00 each
  • Milk tart ( medium) – R11.00 each

Milk tart recipes

And if you liked to bake your own, Woolworths TASTE shares a Milk Tart recipe:


  • 200 g Tennis biscuits (R 15.95)
  • 70 g flour, plus extra for dusting (R 12.95)
  • 1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon sugar, for dusting (R 26.95)
  • 3/4 cup full cream milk (R 13.45)
  • 60 ml butter (R 32.95)
  • 2 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out (R 32.95)
  • 4 heaped tbsp. cake flour, sifted (R 19.95)
  • 200 g sugar for the egg whites (R 18.95)
  • salt to taste (R 21.95)
  • 4 free-range eggs, separated (R 25.99)


Total average cost to bake your own milk tart: R222.04

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. To make the base, cream the butter (125 g), then add the biscuits and flour (70 g). Press the mixture into a 25-cm pie dish to create an even crust. Set aside.
  2. To make the filling, place 3 cups milk and the butter (125 g) into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the pods and add both the seeds and pods to the boiling milk. Keep stirring to prevent it from burning.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour (4 heaped tbls), sugar (200 g), salt, egg yolks and remaining milk. Once the milk has boiled, pour it through a sieve and into the egg mixture. Mix well and return the mixture to the saucepan over a medium heat. Beat ferociously to avoid creating a lumpy mess and allow the mixture to thicken, but not boil. Lastly, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold into the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture over the base of the tart, generously sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 20 minutes.

For more information about National Milk Tart Day, click here.




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