This Eggless Cake is inspired by the divine Indian sweet Gulab Jamun. We have made an eggless sponge cake that is united with delicate rose and saffron flavours.  Read on if you want to know how to make a spongy yet moist cake from Gulab Jamun Mix.

Over head shot of whole eggless gulab jamun cake served on a beige plate next to some forks, roses and sugar syrup


Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is an iconic Indian sweet. No matter wherever you are in the world, even if you have not explored Indian cuisine, I can guarantee that you will have come across gulab jamun! They are often served at Indian parties and are a must on Indian restaurant menus. 

Gulab Jamun are ping-pong-sized balls made from milk powder and flour. They are then deep-fried until they caramelize to a deep brown before dunked in aromatic rose sugar syrup. 

The result is soft and spongy gulab jamuns filled with sugar syrup. Each mouthful is intensely sweet yet oh-so satisfying. 

Gulab Jamuns can be eaten hot, (and sometimes served with ice cream) or at room temperature. 

Within the same family, Kala Jamun are very similar, yet made with paneer. For something a little bit unique, we loved creating our Chocolate and Peanut Butter Kala Jamun 

How to make a cake from Gulab Jamun Mix

The beauty of this recipe is that it is made so easy by using a ready-made packet of Gulab Jamun mix. Ready-made gulab jamun mix is so easy to find in most supermarkets and will contain the flavours necessary for this recipe. 

We are not actually making gulab jamuns for this recipe but adding the gulab jamun mix to the batter so that the cake is infused with the wonderful gulab jamun flavours. 

This cake remains true to the original Gulab Jamun - if you close your eyes you'd almost be mistaken to believe that they are the same thing!

Pouring over the sugar syrup keeps the cake super moist and reflects the texture of gulab jamun. 

The Best Gulab Jamun Mix Cake Recipe

This is the kind of fusion cake you should have in your repertoire. It is an easy and straightforward recipe that anyone can make.

How to make Eggless Gulan Jamun Cake WITHOUT mix

You may still want to make this gorgeous cake but not have Gulab Jamun mix at home. The recipe is still very simple!

You will need:

1/2 cup Milk Powder - full fat or semi-skimmed will work

1 tbsp All-purpose flour - white plain flour

1 tsp fine semolina or cornstarch 

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Mix these together with the dry ingredients in the recipe below.

What makes this cake so good?

There are millions of eggless cake recipes out there with so many flavours, but seriously this one is a must-try. It's hands down the best flavoured cake!

✓ It is easy to make!

✓ Uses simple and easy-to-find ingredients.

✓ Has delicious Gulab Jamun flavours with moist fluffy crumbs

✓ Is drizzled with an aromatic sugar syrup

A cut slice of eggless gulab jamun cake served on a plate next to cake

Ingredients for Eggless Gulab Jamun Cake

(exact measurements and method can be found in the recipe card below)

Dry Ingredients

● A packet of Gulab Jamun Mix - you can use a mix from any brand here

● Plain flour/Maida

● Baking Powder

● Baking Soda

● Cardamom Powder

● Salt

Wet Ingredients

● Oil

● Sugar

● Rose Extract

Saffron Milk - you can either infuse the milk with saffron which will give you gorgeous golden coloured milk or add the milk and saffron separately 

Sugar Syrup

● Regular sugar

● Water

● Cardamom Pods

● Rose extract

● Lemon Juice

Which cake tin shall I use for this recipe?

We have gone for a bundt cake which gives this cake a truly royal look. 

We've used a silicone bundt cake tin. 

Ensure that with whatever cake tin you use, line it generously with butter before dusting it all over with plain flour. Make sure the cake is cool before removing it. 

These techniques help the cake come out of the tin smoothly. 

Tips to make Best Gulab Jamun Cake

Make sure the mix of Gulab Jamun is fresh and not stale. 

Check the freshness of the baking soda and baking powder before you start making this cake.

Once the flour is mixed with the wet ingredients do not over mix the batter.

Do not boil Sugar syrup for longer, once it cools it will get thicker. 

Serving Suggestions

This cake is perfect for any occasion, serve at the coffee morning or afternoon tea.

If inviting non-Indian friends for an Indian dinner, why not serve this cake as a dessert.

Or prepare for your friends and family at the festival such as Raksha Bandhan, Diwali or Holi. 


This delicious eggless Gulab Jamun cake stays fresh for up to 3 days at room temperature, also it can be freeze for up to 3 months in the freezer. 

Once the cake is baked and fully cooled down, pour the sugar syrup all over.

Wrap the cake in cling film twice, then cover in foil. 

Place it in a suitable freezer-proof container and cover the container with cling film again or place it in a large ziplock bag.

How to thaw a Gulab Jamun Cake

When ready to consume Gulab Jamun cake, remove it from the freezer and remove all the wrappings.

Leave it on the cooling wire rack at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

Make some more sugar syrup, pour it and enjoy. 

How to make Gulab Jamun Cake

The Gulab jamun cake is made using oil, instead of butter. That makes such a moist cake. 

Here is how you make it

Step 1 Make the cake

Preheat the oven and prepare cake tin. Prepare your bundt cake tin using butter and flour, preheat the oven to gas mark 4. 

Mix the dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients.

Mix the wet ingredients. In another bowl all the wet ingredients and whisk until the sugar completely dissolves.

Make the batter. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix it (do not over mix)

Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. 

Cool. Remove baked cake from the oven and allow it to cool at least 10-15 minutes in the cake tin then remove carefully and leave it to cool completely on the cooling wire rack.

Step 2 Make the sugar syrup

Whilst the cake is cooling I make the sugar syrup, here is how you make it

● Mix In a saucepan add sugar and water and mix.

Cook. On medium heat bring it to boil, add crushed cardamom pods, rose syrup, and lemon juice.

Syrup. Boil the mixture until it becomes slightly sticky, turn off the heat.

Pour. Pour hot syrup over the cooled cake. 

Step 3 Sprinkle and Serve

Sprinkle edible rose dried petals, pistachio slivers, and saffron threads if desired. Cut and serve!

A cake slice served on a small serving plate next to whole cake and sugar syrup in a jar

Cake Recipes Without Eggs

1. Eggless Revani (Instant Pot)

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Yield: 6-8 SERVINGS
Author: Hayley Dhanecha


This luscious and moist cake is prepared with readymade Gulab Jamun mix. This eggless cake is easy to make.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinInactive time: 20 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M


Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup  Gulab Jamun Mix (125g)
  • 1 cup plain flour (125g)
  • Small pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
Wet Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup Oil (60ml)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150g)
  • 1 tsp rose water or extract
  • 1 cup saffron-infused Milk (250ml)
Sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50g)
  • 3/4 cup water (180ml)
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp rose water or extract
  • 1 tsp lemon Juice


  1. Grease and prepare a 6 cup Bundt pan or 8-inch regular baking tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 or 350F/180C.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients. Combine well and keep it aside.
  4. In another bowl, add wet ingredients and whisk well until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients little by little to the wet ingredients.
  6. Mix it together to form a smooth batter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for around 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
  9. After 10 minutes, gently remove the cake from the pan and place it on a cooling rack.
  10. While the cake is baking, take a saucepan. Add sugar, water to the saucepan and let it come to a boil. Sugar should be completely dissolved.
  11. Now, add crushed cardamom, rose water lemon juice, and boil until it becomes a sticky but not thick syrup.
  12. Now, pour the warm syrup over the cake. Garnish the cake with rose petals and pistachio chopped nuts.
  13. Serve with ice cream, tea, or coffee.


You may use regular cake tin to bake this cake.

Don't have saffron on hand, skip it totally.

See above post for the recipe of Eggless Gulab Jamun cake without ready-made mix. 

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  1. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth2 June 2021 at 19:16

    I can simply imagine how amazing and flavorful this cake would be... I am drooling at the slice of those moist slices of cake that would simply be amazing with a cup of chai...

    1. Thank you Rafeeda for stopping by, yes it was so with chai.

  2. Making delicious cake that too from gulab jamun mix is a fab idea. The flavors definitely shines through and the beautiful visuals make it more appealing.
    Wonderful recipe share.

  3. I have not tasted cake made form gulab jamun mix but my daughter made it for her hubby's birthday party in March and every one loved it. Now looking at your preparation that is double temptation to try out eggless gulab jamun mix cake.

  4. I once made a cake with leftover gulab jamuns and it was divine.I can imagine how delicous this cake must have been. Love it.

  5. Making cake with gulab jamun mix sounds interesting to me. I am sure it would be a flavorful tea time treat. Your gorgeous pics are making it all the more desirable!

  6. I absolutely need to be making this cake soon. I have a pack of gulab jamun that is not a regular I buy and we didn't like the texture of gulab jamun. This cake is a great idea to make with that pack. And it is so simple to make as well.

    1. Thanks sandhya, its so easy to pull off this cake recipe.

  7. Cake looks moist and delicious. I never had gulab jamun mix cake, but this cake mix sounds amazing!

  8. Oh my, this has got to be the most decadent Indian cake ever. Using gulab jamun mix is a genius idea - will have to make this one very soon. The clicks are amazing as usual.

  9. Gulab jamun cake looks decadent!! Wonderful idea to use gulab jamun mix! The texture of the cake is brilliant! I have 2 packs of mix, need to try this!

    1. Thanks Priya, don't forget to share your feedback to us if you try this recipe.


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