5 Amazing Cupcake Flavours with a Desi Twist

From classics like Jalebi and Gulab Jamun to kicked-up versions with Gajar ka Halwa and Rasmalai, we bring you cupcake flavours with a Desi twist.

5 Amazing Cupcake Flavours with a Desi Twist

Do you often crave for a crispy Jalebi or a delectable cupcake? Well, you can have them both together!

The super-scrumptious delight, cupcake flavours with a Desi twist are extraordinary.

There’s the Rasmalai filling hiding in the Rabri icing, Gulab Jamun squishing out of the cream filled in the centre and a perfectly selected mixture of nuts decorated on a Gajar ka Halwa cupcake.

These cupcake flavours with a Desi twist are an unusual combination of fluffy cakes and the traditional South Asian Mithai and desserts.

Imagine a Desi version of the 7-tier cupcake dessert display tower, with layers of Jalebi and Ladoo cupcakes! Buried under the softly whipped cream. A perfect touch to your gold-dusted dessert bar!

Here are the 5 must-have fusion treats.

Gulab Jamun Cupcakes

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Covered in a sticky, luscious, sweet syrup, Gulab Jamun is deliciously luxurious.

One of the most admired desserts, in a perfectly round shape, can be put inside the cupcake or decorated on top, with the eye-catching spiced cardamom icing holding together its base.

For an equally awesome pairing, place the Gulab Jamun inside the middle of a chocolate coconut cupcake. Marrying traditional and modern ingredients together!

Fun and easy, these bites are perfect for the festive season, like Eid and Diwali.

Try these cupcake flavours with a Desi twist here.

Jalebi Cupcakes

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Do you often crave for a crispy Jalebi or a delectable cupcake? Well, you can have them both together!

These cupcake flavours with a Desi twist can be topped with sweet saffron and cardamom icing.

As the crunchy Jalebi is known for its spiral shape, you can break it in half and beautifully decorate it on top of the soft cream foam.

Or you can snap it in tiny beads and sprinkle them over saffron or pistachio flavoured creamy Rabri.

These cupcake flavours with a Desi twist are certainly the best definition of both worlds!

Try them here. 

Ladoo Cupcakes

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Ladoo, the sweet round yellow balls!

Dusted with nuts, the collection of tiny capsules of sweetness are a rich bite.

It’s the Motichoor Ladoo’s that are known as ceremonial sweets, made for weddings, festivals, or given as gifts.

Since Ladoo’s are the greatest traditional sweets of South Asia. When turned into cupcake flavours with a Desi twist, they will surely give you a taste of homeland in every bite!

You can either crush the Ladoo into little pieces and place them over the vanilla flavoured icing. Or on the other hand, place them in the centre of the yoghurt frosting.

Chef Tarika Singh makes these cupcake flavours with a Desi twist, the eggless way! Offering them as fusion Diwali treats. See her version of Mithai cupcakes here.

Rasmalai Cupcakes

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Topped with Rabri icing, this cupcake can be filled with some Ras.

If you want to be extra creative, try a new take on these cupcake flavours with a Desi twist. By inserting a mini plastic pipette inside the cupcake, so you can squeeze out and drink the smooth Ras.

The pistachio sprinkled cupcake can also be topped with milk syrup.

You can also try creating a Rasmalai sponge cake, decorated with milk syrup and frosted with a mascarpone frosting. Try it here.

Gajar ka Halwa Cupcakes

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This majestic dessert is made with carrots and has a nutty texture. Gajar ka Halwa is a favourite South Asian dessert, especially served during Winters.

With a perfectly selected mixture of nuts and lightly sprinkled with raisins, this cupcake can also be covered with cardamom icing.

But, first, you need to create the Halwa, follow this recipe.

Once the wonderfully sweet and crunchy Halwa is ready, it’s now time to combine it with the fluffy cupcakes.

Check out the recipe for Gajar ka Halwa cupcakes below, from Desi Fiesta.


  • 1 Cup of Gajar ka Halwa
  • 11/2 Cup of all purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider
  • Milk (If required)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Mix Gajar ka Halwa on the sieved mixture.
  4. Add apple cider and fold it in the batter, if dry add some Milk.
  5. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liner.
  6. Spoon the batter in the cupcake liner.
  7. For 20 mins, bake them at 350 F.
  8. Set them aside to cool down.
  9. Dust some icing sugar.

As you can see, there is a variety of cupcake flavours with a Desi twist.

You can be versatile with these recipes and take any traditional Desi dessert or Mithai and combine it as a cupcake filling or topping.

So, pick your favourite flavours, and create your very own Desi cupcake stand!

Anam has studied English Language & Literature and Law. She has a creative eye for colour and a passion for design. She is a British-German Pakistani "Wandering Between Two Worlds."

Images Courtesy Of: Deelish-Cupcakes, naivecookcooks, Cooking Shooking, Korporate 2 Kitchen and tarikasingh.

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