Quinoa Mawa Cupcakes

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

If I could, I would bake a cake every day and style it pretty with all kinds of wild flowers. Then, snuggle in a couch with a piece or two, a book and some tea. How picture-perfect that sounds! It’s a scene I wish to relive someday. The short couple hour of break that I get in the afternoon when Avyan takes his nap is my only ‘me time’. And there are always so many things to finish during the brief two hours that relaxing with tea and cake is like a delusion. So, that’s surely not happening for a while.

But we still manage to enjoy cake with our evening tea, while Avyan pokes around, tries to take the parchment paper out, feeds us in between as he nibbles and makes a mess. Life is still beautiful!

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

Mawa or Khoya is reduced milk that is used in a lot of Indian sweets. It also makes a perfectly moist cake. Although I grew up seeing Mom baking cakes quite often and whipping up loads of Mawa in her giant heavy bronze wok, I never saw her baking a Mawa cake. Huh!!

Curious and tempted, I gave it a try and even added some cooked quinoa in it. Crossed my fingers and lingered near the oven hoping for the best. I am not much of a baker so when a recipe turns out success, I do my little happy dance and get all excited to share it with you all. I even styled it pretty this time!

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

This cake is a keeper, trust me! You have got to make this. The batter would look gritty because of the grated Mawa and cooked quinoa, but the cake turns out fluffy and moist. There is no butter in it, so less guilt. With a few cashew pieces on top, which is typically how it’s baked, the cake would make a lovely teatime treat!

Quinoa Mawa Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes

Quinoa Mawa Cupcakes


  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • 100 gram grated Mawa
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • few cashews, roughly chopped or halved
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F.
  • Whisk egg with sugar in a bowl. Once done, pour oil and give it another whisk. Keep it aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix quinoa with Mawa, flour, baking soda, cardamom powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Pour the egg and sugar mixture to the dry ingredient bowl and give it a whisk. Pour milk and give it one last whisk.
  • Place the cupcake liners in the pan and spoon the batter a little more than half way through.
  • Scatter the chopped or halved cashews on top.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the top of the cupcake looks golden brown.

Quinoa Mawa Cake | Playful Cooking #indian #cake #milk

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Bina says:

So, so pretty, Kankana!!! Mava cakes are a childhood favorite and over the years, I have discovered that they are perfect for different variations. These look spectacular 🙂

They are gorgeous! Mawa is new to me. What can you use instead?

Nice pictures as always. Great experimentation. Will look forward for more.

Bhumika says:

One of the your best looking posts I’ve seen. The delicatenss of those flowers sprinkled over the deliciousness of that cake – it’s a stunner!

Sandra says:

Beautifully done!

Shumaila says:

everything is styled so beautifully, kankana! And quinoa in cake makes you feel less guilty chowing down piece after piece. I have never baked with mawa but chowed down my share of mawa cakes. Love this!

That sounds like a dream and you’ve styled the cakes so beautifully! I love the color and texture of the background.

Asha says:

This is just so pretty Kankana. Absolutely dreamy and the best part is the mawa. I haven’t baked a lot with mawa, need to try this out.
Gorgeous as ever. xoxo