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This Eggless Mawa cake, made with wheat flour & brown sugar, is a healthy fusion cake having the flavours & richness of Indian sweets embedded in the western cake. It tastes very much like Indian sweet and is perfect for those in love with Indian flavours.

Along with other healthy ingredients listed above, this cake is made with homemade mawa, which is a breeze to make in less than 5 minutes.

A majority of Indian sweets are prepared with mawa and here, a cake is prepared with it! Isn’t it cool! This cake is a treat for all, especially the lovers of Indian sweets.

 

Mawa Cake
Mawa Cake

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What Is Mawa Cake?

Just like a chocolate cake has cocoa powder, the butterscotch cake has butterscotch, similarly, Mawa cake has mawa or khoya. It’s a plain sponge cake to which mawa is added thus giving it the richness of mawa. And what is Mawa?

What is Mawa?

Now, if you are wondering as to what mawa is, then Mawa, also known as Khoya, simply means milk reduced to a solid form from which all the water has been removed. Now obviously, water is removed by heating milk so that all the water gets evaporated. Milk is heated on sim gas for few hours till all the water evaporates and a thick mass is left which is called mawa. In a way, mawa is evaporated milk but in a dough form. 

Mawa forms the basis of most of the Indian sweets. And now, using the same mawa, we are making a cake!

Origin Of Mawa Cake

Mawa cake is a specialty of Mumbai and is commonly known as Parsi cake or Irani cake. How it came into being is a mystery and lot many stories are there claiming its origin. If you are interested in knowing about these stories, you may read here.

But whosoever did it first, thanks to that person, as he(or she :)) has really gifted us with a very unique and rich cake. After all, otherwise, who would have thought of adding mawa to a cake!

How To Make Eggless Mawa Cake?

  • Mawa cake is quite easy to make. My Mawa cake recipe is based on my Rasmalai cake recipe, sans Rasmalai and icing. Like all my cakes, here also, I use whole wheat flour only. Along with this, I use homemade mawa which is a breeze to make. You can use either store-bought or homemade mawa, as per your convenience and liking.
  • Also, unlike my other cakes, I have used butter in this recipe. This is because mawa and oil, neither sound good nor tastes good. You can use ghee in place of butter. It is important that you use butter at room temperature. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before starting.
  • Also, use unsalted butter.
  • If you don’t have unsalted butter, then, use ghee.
  • Refined sugar has been replaced with brown sugar. You may use any of the two sugars.
  • Using almond essence in Mawa cake augments its taste though not at all necessary. In case you do not have it just skip it but please, for God’s sake, do not add vanilla essence. In addition to almond essence, we add cardamom powder and nuts too. Now, nuts too are optional. But definitely, a rich cake like this seems incomplete without nuts.

Ideal For Festive Occasions

Serve mawa cake with tea or as an after-meal dessert. It is ideal for gifting purposes too. Though it is good choice to be baked at any time of the year, but I feel it is perfect for festive occasions like Diwali, Holi, Guru Purab, and others.

 I wanted to bake this cake since a long time but didn’t get a chance as my children prefer vanilla or chocolate cakes only. And when Diwali was nearby it was the perfect occasion to bake this cake. I baked it for my guests and for my sister in law as well. As she had liked my Rasmalai cake earlier soi was quite sure that she would love this one too, and this is what happened. She simply loved this cake.

Step By Step Recipe To Make Eggless Mawa Cake

  • Grease an 8” by 8” square tin, dust it with flour and keep it aside.
  • Sift together wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom powder at least 3 times. Sift it from a height.
  • Mix cardamom powder and chopped nuts in the flour. Keep this aside.
Mawa Cake
  • Take butter, curd, brown sugar, almond essence in a bowl and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes till it gets creamy.
  • Add grated mawa to this mix and mix lightly. You may leave it partially dissolved or make sure that it’s mixed properly. Either way is correct and depends upon your preference.
  • Add sifted flour to this mix in 2 or 3 batches, mixing with cut n fold method only.
  • Adjust consistency using milk. Keep the batter slightly thick only.
Mawa Cake
  • Lastly, mix lemon juice in it.
  • keep the consistency of the batter slightly thick.
  • Pour the batter in the greased baking tray.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts and lightly press so that nuts stick to the batter.
Mawa Cake
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • Check if the cake is fully baked by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then it done otherwise bake for some more time.
  • Take it out of the oven and let it cool for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Loosen the edges with a knife and invert the cake on a wire rack.
  • Let it cool down completely.
  • Cut slices as per your liking.
  • Serve with love, tea optional.

Recipe Card Of Mawa Cake

Eggless Mawa Cake

A fusion cake with the richness of Mawa embedded in sponge cake.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Samira Gupta

Ingredients

My Cup measures 240 ml

  • 1 Cup (130 g) Wheat Flour (Atta)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Unsalted) or Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup Curd
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Essence (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (Or Jaggery Powder)
  • 70 to 80 g Mawa. Homemade or Storebought
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8” by 8” square tin, dust it with flour and keep it aside. I have used a square tin , as I love cutting square pieces like barfi and not like the trainagular pieces resembling a cake. However, you may use any of the two.
  2. Sift together wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt at least 3 times. Sift it from a height. Sifting incorporates air into it which eventually results in light cake.

  3. Mix cardamom powder and chopped nuts in the flour. Keep this aside.

  4. Take butter, curd, brown sugar, almond essence in a bowl and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes till it gets creamy.

  5. Add grated mawa to this mix and mix lightly. You may leave it partially dissolved or make sure that its mixed properly. Either way is correct and depends upon your preference.
  6. Add sifted flour to this mix in 2 or 3 batches, mixing with cut n fold method only.
  7. Adjust consistency using milk. Keep the batter slightly thick only.
  8. Lastly, mix lemon juice in it.
  9. Pour the batter in the greased baking tray.
  10. Sprinkle chopped nuts and lightly press so that nuts stick to the batter.
  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 180 degrees.
  12. Check if the cake is fully baked by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then it done otherwise bake for some more time.
  13. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for 8 to 10 minutes.
  14. Loosen the edges with a knife and invert the cake on a wire rack.
  15. Let it cool down completely.
  16. Cut slices as per your liking.
  17. Serve with love, tea optional.

Recipe Notes

  1. You may use all-purpose flour in place of wheat flour. In that case, everything will remain the same except the quantity of milk. You may require less milk.
  2. Ensure that all the ingredients like butter, curd, milk and mawa are at room temperature. Take these out of the refrigerator half an hour or so (depending on the climate) prior making the cake.
  3. You may use a 7” cake tin too if want to have thicker slices. I prefer ”Barfi” style so used a slightly bigger tin.
  4. Nuts are completely optional.
  5. Quantity of milk may vary depending upon the flour, curd used.

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