Mawa cake

Mawa cake

This warm soft mawa 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.

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).

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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 mawa cake

Mawa Cake

A warm dense cake made with milk solids or mawa, green cardamom powder, nutmeg and almonds
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Irani
Servings 8


  • 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. 
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Here are links to few sweet treats – British Christmas pudding, Russian tea cakes.

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