Mava and Pista Cake Recipe.

A very delicious cake made using Mava /Khoya and Pista ..I love mava cakes the one which we get in famous Irani bakeries..I have tried it couple of times and it always came out well ...I will share that recipe later. Today's post is a delicious and yummy Mava Cake with Pistachios .

Pista essence gave this cake a lovely flavour .The cake was not  dense like the normal ones are but soft and really delicious.
I made this for our Church Feast  which falls on Independence day and it was a big hit. It was soft and yumm til .Do try it out and let me know how it turned.

1 1/2 cup flour/maida
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter/100 gms soft
150 gms mava/mawa//khoya dried whole milk
3-4 tbsp milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
 1/2  tsp pista essence
1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Sift the flour and baking powder and keep aside
  • Bring the mava to room temperature if kept in fridge
  • Grease  a 7 inch cake tin and line it with parchment.
  • Pre heat the oven at 170 degree for 10 mins.

  • In a bowl beat butter and sugar till creamy.
  • Then add in eggs and beat well .
  • Add in essence and mix
  • Add in mava and continue to beat till all mixed and incorporated well.

  • Fold in flour and mix well add milk to loosen the batter.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin 
  • Sprinkle chopped pistachios over the cake 
  • Bake for 40- 50 min at 170 degree Celsius or till skewer inserted comes out clean
  • Allow to cool then slice and enjoy

Note :
To make this eggless ,replace 2 eggs with 1/2 cup yogurt mixed with 1/2 tsp baking soda.keep aside for 10 minutes .then add the mixed yogurt to the cake batter and mix well.
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  1. looks wow ...really very yummy

  2. A perfectly baked moist cake. ..looks delicious☺

  3. Cake looks so moist and YUM dear :)

  4. Lovely texture and colour !
    pinning it .. will try it out surely.

  5. Perfectly done...super moist and super delicious cake.... :)

  6. Such a great-looking cake, Gloria. Would love to try it out...

  7. Hi Gloria, that's a very nice cake, the texture look so good. Great to go with coffee. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  8. Awesome for the awesomeness. Nice invention I see.

  9. Looks so soft and interesting... Innovative share... I love the combo of pista with cake

  10. I love the texture of this cake,yummy!!

  11. Replies
    1. To make this eggless ,replace 2 eggs with 1/2 cup yogurt mixed with 1/2 tsp baking soda.keep aside for 10 minutes .then add the mixed yogurt to the cake batter and mix well.

  12. it looks so beautiful and tempting cake

  13. Mava cake looks awesome, never tried cake with mava and it sounds interesting must be very very tasty!

  14. Hi Gloria can I use cashew nuts instead of pista....because I don't have pista and even pista essence....please help...or can I just make it plain without any nuts..

    1. Yes you can use cashews.. Or make it plain too..pista essence is optional use vanilla instead

  15. Hi Gloria,

    Have you posted the recipe of the famous Irani bakeries mava cakes?

    Waiting for the post.



    1. Hi ,
      No I will be posting it soon ..
      You can try this cake till then it's pretty similar with a very nice texture ..

  16. Hi Gloria,
    The cake looks yummm...
    I have a concern that Mawa might not be available in my place, is there any substitute for that?

    Sry I know the main ingredient here is Mawa, but an alternate would be helpful as well.


    1. Hi dear,
      Thanks so much for your kind words.1/3
      You can try making instant mava by mixing 1 cup milk powder 1/3 cup cream,mix it like dough and steam for10-15 minutes there are other instant methods as well,this is the easiest ..

  17. Hi.. What is the cup size in ml u have used

  18. Gloria, this cake tastes perfect and I'm quite regular with it. Thanks a lot for the recipe.