Parsi Mawa Cake

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Parsi Mawa Cupcakes by Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Mawa is also known as Khoya, Mava or khoa This is a dried evaporated milk solid. The milk is slowly simmered in a large iron kadai, till all its moisture evaporates and it reduces to solids. In Indian cooking, especially in northern parts of india, khoya forms a base of almost all sweets, mithai.

Recipe for whole mawa cake or as cupcakes.

• 100 grams Mava (Aka Ricotta Cheese or Khoya)
• 200 grams Butter
• 250 grams Sugar
• 4 Eggs beaten
• 300 grams Refined flour (maida)
• Baking powder 5 grams
• Milk as required


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the cupcake moulds with paper cups.

In a bowl, add sugar and butter and beat together till light and creamy.

Break the eggs into another bowl and whisk with an electric blender till frothy.

Add Mava to the butter mixture and continue to whisk.

Put refined flour and baking powder into a strainer and sift the mixture into the butter mixture.

Add the eggs and mix. Add a little milk to get the correct consistency.

Put the batter into the cupcake moulds and place them in the preheated oven and bake at 350 F for twenty five minutes.

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Dec 12, 2018, 1:37 am

Wow! Lovely treats for Christmas!


Dec 12, 2018, 8:25 pm

Now, this sounds really good! Thanks for bringing these cupcakes to Fiesta Friday… ricotta and maybe cardamom, I’m game to try.


Dec 12, 2018, 1:07 am

I haven’t tried ricotta until now, but I want to try these cupcakes! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! x

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Manjiri Raje

Jul 7, 2020, 12:36 am

Hi Lovely Chefs, I made mawa cake yesterday. I got a nice brown crust and the pick/needle came out clean, but it still was uncooked at the center. Can you please guide me as to what went wrong. I followed the measurement and the method step by step without taking any chances or compromising the quality of the ingredients.

Thank you .


Jul 7, 2020, 1:33 pm

Hi Manjiri,
You have to test pick/needle in the center too.
Some ovens bake unevenly and I do many picks to be sure it is all baked.
You should have put it back in and tested again.
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