I bake. What’s your superpower? (Guava Spiced Cupcakes)

Have you ever read my About page? I encourage you to swing by there if you haven’t simply because:

A) It is a work of sheer genius that needs to have the spotlight shone on it every now and again.

B) It is a pretty accurate snapshot of who I am – a brilliantly witty, talented and not to mention modest individual.

c) Neither A nor B is true but I still want you to read it so go take a look by clicking here.

One of the things I mention on that page is that I am a baker. I should probably update that page to read I WAS a baker. I hung up my chef’s hat when I realized that all my baking was causing hubby dearest to grow horizontally rather than vertically.

A while ago, however, we had some family over for lunch. Since there were quite a few people, the chances of any leftover baked goods being inhaled by the Hubster were pretty slim. And so I started poring through my recipe collection to find something that would fit the occasion. I eventually settled on a spiced cake recipe by Smriti of Smriti’s Special on Facebook. Go on and pay her a visit. She has positive wizardry when it comes to creating winning flavor profiles and this cake is proof of her abilities.

Guava spiced cupcake
Can you say YUMMMMM?!?!

Taking a bite out of these is a treat for the senses. What hits you first is the scent. Think cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a riotous dance that tantalizes your nostrils. Next you notice the pillowy soft crumb that virtually dissolves the moment it hits your tongue. The seductive draw of those spices is cut through with the slightest tang of lemon. Bliss!

I’ll be honest and admit that I found the procedure a bit tedious. There are a lot of steps I generally tend to avoid like the plague while baking – separating the eggs (Oh bother!), whipping the whites (say what?), crisping the fruit for the topping (which in all honesty the cake really doesn’t need) and baking at two different temperatures (why God, WHY?!). But somehow it was all worth it in the end. If it works, why mess with it right?

The cake itself is not too sweet. The star here is definitely those exotic spices. I served these warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

It may not be much to look at but let’s just say that there were people asking for seconds long after the last crumb had been polished off. I even had one comment that it was reminiscent of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte! You can bet this one is going into my Keepers file.

Guava Spiced Cupcake



Plain flour (maida)- 125g
Baking Soda- ¼ tsp
Baking Powder- ¼ tsp
Cocoa Powder- 1 tsp (optional)
Cinnamon (dalcheeni)- 1 tsp (powder)
Clove- ¼ tsp (powder)
Nutmeg- ½ tsp (powder)
Salt- 1/8 tsp
Powdered Sugar (or caster sugar)- 150g
Unsalted Butter (or ghee)- 135 g
Lemon Zest- 1 lemon
Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
Eggs- 2 (separated)
Whole Milk- 1 tbsp
Vanilla extract- ½ tsp

Guava slices- 10- 12
Brown Sugar- 2 tbsp
Balsamic Vinegar- 1 tsp

Procedure for guava topping:
1. On a large baking sheet, arrange the guava pieces in a single layer
2. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
3. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar.
4. Bake in a pre heated oven at 160 degree C for 30 mins.

Procedure for cake:
1. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites (with a hand whisk or blender) until stiff peaks and keep separate.
2. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
3. Add the egg yolks and whisk again until light and pale.
4. Add lemon juice, zest and vanilla to the egg-butter mixture and beat lightly to mix everything.
5. In a separate bowl, sieve together- plain flour (maida), baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and salt. Mix these dry ingredients together.
6. Gently fold in the dry ingredients into the egg-butter batter little at a time until everything is combined.
7. Add in the milk to loosen the batter.
8. Fold in the beaten egg whites into the cake mixture gently to incorporate air.
9. Divide into cupcake/ square shortcake molds equally .
10. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degree C for 10 mins then quickly take it out and arrange the baked guava slices on top and bake again at 170 degree C for 30 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

NOTE : Do keep an eye on the baking time. Although the original recipe calls for a total of 40 minutes baking time, mine were done closer to 30 minutes. It all depends on individual ovens, altitudes and a multitude of other factors. The second time I made these they were just the slightest bit overdone. While they didn’t dry out, they did form a delightful crust on top. I suggest baking a test cupcake to get the timing just right.

Do let me know if you try this out. I may, just may, turn up at your front door!

Until next time…


80 thoughts on “I bake. What’s your superpower? (Guava Spiced Cupcakes)

  1. Yup. Same problem here–my partner has a bad ankle and seriously needs to put less weight on it. But I’ve poured most of my baking passion into bread, which we still eat. I’ve got a couple of loaves of sourdough rising right now, and I’m experimenting with substituting some whole wheat flour in the basic white bread recipe. Watching yeast work is like watching magic.

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    1. Hi Ellen! I’m so sorry I missed replying to your comment earlier. I’d love to try experimenting with whole wheat more. I made an upside down apple cake once and it turned out okay so would like to attempt some more recipes. And you’re absolutely right about yeast being magic. All that bubbly, frothy goodness 🙂

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  2. And there it is..one more thing that we may have in common , love for baking :). You have a lovely space here Diya, warm and pleasant. Looking forward to reading you more often 🙂

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    1. Hi dear! I’m so sorry I missed replying to your comment earlier. Seems some of my notifications went haywire around that time. I do hope you give these cupcakes a shot and let me know how they worked for you 🙂


  3. What a lovely write up! I am lucky enough to know Smriti. She is actually one of the rare ones who experiment with flavours and create new recipes.
    Next time try making one of her ice creams!

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    1. Thank you so much Prita-ji! :* Smriti is a talented chef indeed 🙂 And you’re absolutely right – only few have the gift of inventing unique and winning flavor combos.

      Would you believe I was just checking with a friend yesterday whether it is worth investing in an ice cream maker? 😀 And I just saw Smriti’s latest post on FB about some ice creams she was preparing for a class. Drooool! 😀 I see some ice cream making in my near future 😉


  4. Interesting recipe. I am myself a food lover and cook and bake to satiate my desire more than anyone else’s. Though both me and hubby are growing horizontally, but who cares 😉 I will use pear in place of guavas simply because it is the season of pears here and not of guavas. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. I love your attitude Vandana! Just read a quote yesterday that said “You don’t want to miss 95% of life to weigh 5% less”. It struck such a chord with me because so many people around me are obsessed with weights and diets and measurements. While prioritizing health is important, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying life 🙂

      Good luck with the recipe! Let me know how it goes 🙂

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  5. Mmmm. I too have the baking suoer power but have to do something about it because hubs and I are BOTH growing horizontally. I’m going to try finding some recipes with substituions for sugar but if I’m honest, the thought doesn’t thrill me. Desserts like this one are much more tempting. 🙂

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    1. Sighhh… Everything good is bad for you. The universe works in mysterious ways 🙂

      Eric Lanlard once told me white sugar can be substituted with brown. Who a I to argue with a master baker like him 🙂 And I suppose honey is a good sweet substitute. But I’ve not tried baking with it. Let me know if you find any decent alternatives 😉


            1. Phew! And I thought I was the only one who did such scandalous things. Once a month I try to have Mum come over and salvage my near-expiry ingredients 😀 Thank God for mothers 🙂


    1. In my humble opinion that is a way better super power to have 😀 As long as there are bakeries we need have no fear 😉

      These really were yummy! Do give them a try. Or like I mentioned in a previous comment – outsource the baking part to someone more gifted and you focus on honing your superpower 😉

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  6. Hehehe. Still chuckling at the first part of the post 😀 I love your way of writing ❤ 🙂 Such a refreshing one and needless to say witty 🙂 I am more of "Born to Shop, Forced to Cook" kind of girl (but to give due credit to hubs he cooks more than me 😛 ), so I am sorry to let you know I wudn be trying this 😛 But the photos are so drool worthy and I must say your efforts are very appreciable 🙂

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    1. Haha Minu! My ego thanks you 😛

      Lol… my hubby too helps out a lot! These 21st century guys are so sweet, no? 😉 I just keep telling him that his cooking is way better than mine and that does the trick 😉

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  7. I don’t bake !! But I sure do love reading your fun posts 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe, I just ignored that part 😉 I bake only pizzas that too the base is store bought and my daughter loves that. I have earlier made okayish cookies and baatis ( of daal baati, if you know) which turned out to be stones. Then once I got puff pastry from supermarket and tried to bake with some samosa stuffing. My hubby said that its good but once in a year is fine 🙂 I still have lots of baking accessories, a big built-in oven, decorative stuff ….just waiting for the skill, hopefully, someday I will rise n shine 🙂 My superpower is desi-khana and chaat when it comes to cooking.

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    1. Awww thank you Preeti! :* Your comment had me laughing from start to finish! 😀

      I’ve stocked up on tons of baking accessories too. I’m now lending out my goodies to friends so that they at least see the light of day 😉

      I believe anyone can bake – if you have the right recipe, decent ingredients and a proper weighing scale. I, on the other hand, am envious of people who can cook. That is a talent that has avoided me completely. Desi khaana and chaat? Boy! Your family is so lucky! O well… I live in hope that someday I will miraculously be able to cook a decent meal 😀


  8. Looks so delicious Diya 👌😍….but its hard to find guava here in this part of the world 😦
    I love baking and experiment new recipes….but as you said when I saw changes in hubby’s shape 😁… myself controlling baking!

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    1. They were yummmm Nadi! If guavas are hard to find you can try with pears like I did or even apples. It really doesn’t need the fruit in my opinion. The cake shines on its own. The fruit just give an added texture if you’re not topping it with ice cream 🙂

      And in my mind, since there is fruit on it, it is healthy 😛 So bake away! 🙂

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  9. Wow, a baker! Amazing. I bet you have some wonderful recipes. Have you ever heard of the U.K. TV programme called The Great British Bake Off?
    Your guava recipe sounds great, but I don’t think guavas are all that common where we are, could you use a different fruit?

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    1. Georgieee!! How is Greece treating you? 🙂

      The Great British Bake Off? I’ve never watched it but it sounds dreamy. I am so going to binge watch that show tonight! 😀

      I’ll let you in on a little secret. Although the original recipe calls for guavas, I used pears on mine. Apparently I am yet to learn the difference between the two. Let’s just say the hubby had a good chuckle when I returned from my grocery shopping and proudly brandished my freshly bought ‘guavas’. Sighhh… the mortification.

      The pears turned out fine though. I imagine the cake flavors would work perfectly with apples as well. Though like I mentioned earlier, don’t let the fruit stop you from trying these. They taste just fine without the fruit and topped with some ice cream instead 🙂 They’d also make for a great breakfast/tea snack on their own.


  10. This looks different and interesting! Gonna give this a try! 🙂
    Just love the way you write – you are definitely witty, brilliant and talented!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  11. This recipe sounds great! I doubt it’s something I can make while my toddler is running around the kitchen, but maybe one day …

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    1. Sighhh… sadly baking (or any kitchen related activity for that matter) is not toddler friendly. I salute women who can manage both a kitchen and a child. I am convinced that when we have kids it will be a permanent excuse to avoid entering the kitchen! 😀 What say you outsource the baking to someone else and focus only on the eating part? 😉

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  12. Not much of a baker, I see these recipes that you and others out up on their blogs and I feel like I should definitely start doing it!! These yummy looking things need to go into my tummy soon 😀

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