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Mawa Cake Recipe

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This warm soft cake with cardamom and nutmeg reminds me of Parsi bakeries in Mumbai. Merwan’s bakery has the best mawa cakes and this recipe is as close as I could get to those. The cake has a dense texture from mawa or milk solids and yet tastes light and heavenly. This cake is perfect for tea time. I like my cake a little warm with a hot cup of masala chai.

Irani Parsi Merwan Mawa Cake recipe
Irani Parsi Merwan Mawa Cake recipe

For the best tasting cake, use freshly ground green cardamom powder and freshly grated nutmeg. If that is not available, try pre-ground powders. I’ve never tried this cake with milk powder, but if mawa is not available where you live, you may try substituting milk powder in the recipe.

I find the KitchenAid mixer really useful for cakes and cookies. Especially for this cake, a stand mixer will help better mix all the ingredients since it has dry milk solids (mawa or khoa).


Before the holidays, I make a ton of these cakes in small aluminum baking pans to give as gifts. Everyone loves these cakes and always ask for more.

Irani Parsi Merwan Mawa Cake recipe

Mawa Cake

A warm dense cake made with milk solids or mawa, green cardamom powder, nutmeg and almonds
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Irani
Servings 8
Calories 449 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup grated mawa or milk powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds or pistachios


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Cream together butter and sugar. 
  • Add grated mawa or milk powder and mix.
  • Beat 2 eggs into the mixture. 
  • Add all the remaining dry ingredients and milk, except the nuts. 
  • Pour the batter into a greased baking pan lined with parchment paper. 
  • Sprinkle almonds or pistachios on top of the batter. 
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 


Mawa or khoya is solidified milk. You may substitute milk powder for mawa if mawa is unavailable. 
I used butter in my recipe but using ghee will give it a richer taste. 
Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. 


Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only. Actual numbers may be different from those provided below. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Nutrition Facts
Mawa Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 11g22%
Calcium 280mg28%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 573IU11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in January, 2019

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11 thoughts on “Mawa Cake Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I had tried your recipe during Diwali. It become a immediate hit in my family. The taste was heavenly delicious.

  2. Hi Sheetal, I haven’t made this particular recipe without eggs. However, I have used unsweetened applesauce in other recipes to substitute eggs. 1/4th cup applesauce for each egg that you replace. Hope that helps! Let me know how the cake turns out 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This has become a family favourite. Thank you so much! Would it be possible for you to tell me the quantity of the 1X cake in grams? I’m having a hard time figuring it out.

  4. 5 stars
    The cake is absolutely divine! I added half a cup of extra sugar though but it was still on only mildly sweet which makes it a perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee. Thank you so much for the recipe! Definitely saving this one!!

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