Eggless mawa cake

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Mawa Cake

Cakes are almost everyone’s weakness !! When Halloween is round the corner, and you look for recipes around, here comes a rustic recipe of eggless Indian Mawa cake . This recipe is inspired from my friend Pranaya, who brought this cake in a recent meetup.

I have always heard about it a lot, but never tried it partially because of the high calories it offers ! 😛
But after having her cake, I couldn’t resist but to try it out my way. It came out good, fluffy, soft and Mawik ( 😀 of Mawa).

So for those who are doing extensive workouts or tours , this one is an instant filler. Indulge in sweetness this Halloween !

1. Mawa or Khoya grated (milk solids) – 1 and 3/8 cup (or 1/4 cup or 6 tbsp)
2. Sweetened Condensed milk (milkmaid) – 1 cup
3. Clarified butter (Ghee) – 1/2 cup
4. Whole milk (doodh) – 1 cup + 2 tbsp
5. Maida (All-purpose flour) – 2 cups
6. Custard powder or Corn starch – 1/4 cup (optional)
7. Sugar (cheeni) – 1/2 cup
8. Cardamom powder or crushed cardamom (pisi elaichi dane ) – 1 tsp
9. Walnuts (akhrot) chopped – 1 tbsp
10. Almonds (badam) chopped and silvered – 1 + 1 tbsp
11. Dried cherries(fruits) or raisins(kishmish) or cashews (kaju) – 1 tbsp
12. Salt – a pinch
13. Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
14. Baking powder – 1 tsp
15. Oil or butter – 1 tbsp for greasing pan

| Preparation time : 10 mins | Baking time : 35 to 40 mins| Serves : Makes 10″ Bundt cake |

1. Sieve the dry ingredients viz. flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl through a colander. I have added Custard powder only for a bright yellow color it reveals after getting baked. You may skip it completely or may replace it with corn starch or more Maida(all purose flour).

Custard powder

Custard powder

2. Chop the nuts of your choice in small pieces like walnuts, dry cherries, almonds etc. Also ground some cardamom pods for flavoring. Fresh cardamom imparts an exquisite flavor to any dish.In the dry flour mixture, mix all the chopped nuts evenly.
nuts added in flour

nuts in flour

nuts in flour

3. Add Desi ghee and condensed milk in a bowl. Whisk till it gets creamy.
ghee in a bowl

ghee in a bowl at room temperature

condensed milk added

4. Grate the khoya (milk solids) /mawa using a fine grater. I have used frozen store bought one here. But you may make your own too. Add the mawa in the above ghee-milk mixture and just mix them lightly.
khoya grated
grated khoya
mawa added

mawa added to wet mixture

5. Add the cardamom powder too in the mixture and stir everything.
cardamom powder

6. Now add the dry mixture of flour in three part alternating with whole milk such that you get a thick batter consistency like this. I however, somehow added less than 1 cup milk ,so ended up with a dry cake (little on the dry-side). Though it was soft and spongy, but for clean cut slices, the cake should have a little moisture too.
flour and milk
milk added

7. Grease the baking pan with oil or butter well. I am using a Bundt cake pan, since this gives an efficient rise in the cake and bakes it faster too. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C or 350 degree F.
baking bundt pan

greased Bundt pan

8. Invert the batter in the bundt pan and tap it 3 to 4 times on the counter.

9. Now add the sliced or silvered almonds on the top for garnishing. You may add cashews too for garnishing.
After tapping on the counter

10. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 mins. I checked with a tooth-pick after 30 mins and found it moist and sticky after pulling out. So I pop the cake again in the oven for 10 mins.

after 30 mins

after 30 mins

11. After 40 mins ,this is how the cake was . You may check with a knife or toothpick after 35 mins ,to make sure it is not over-baked like mine. 😉
After 40 mins

After 40 mins

12. Let it cool for 20 mins in the pan on a rack at room temperature.

13. Run a knife all around the cake to losen the edges of the cake before demolding it.
soft and spongy

14. Invert it carefully on a cake board or plate. Let it cool further for 10 mins.
left to cool

15. Now face it up again, cut equal slices with a bread knife and serve.
face up
crumbly cuts


Enjoy this cake hot or warm on a breezy winter day ! Cut the slices or keep it in an air-tight container for a week and enjoy with your supper in the evening.. I usually warm 2 slices for 20 seconds before serving with tea.
Mawa Cake

Hope you like this recipe and give it a try ! Looking forward to more possibilities , corrections from you all !
Till then keep enjoying…

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