Gulab Jamun Cupcakes

gulab jamun cupcake, pink chai livingYes, that’s right; I put a gulab jamun inside of a chocolate coconut cupcake. I made gulab jamun cupcakes! It was really one of my finest moments in the kitchen (and painfully easy to do), and I’m pretty much going to talk about it forever. You know how peanut butter and chocolate go together, well apparently gulab jamun and chocolate cupcakes make an equally awesome pair. That’s why I decided to bring them to the virtual Eid Eats party being hosted by Sarah of Flour and Spice, Asiyah of Chocolate and Chillies, and Henna from My Ninja Naangulab jamun cupcakes. pink chai livingGrowing up I pretty much knew nothing about Eid except for what I learned from Bollywood movies. It’s not a festival we celebrate in our home, and as a child I didn’t have any friends that observed Ramadan and the celebration of Eid either. However, in my adult life I’ve had the pleasure of developing friendships with lots of people outside of my immediate circle and faith, so I’ve gotten to learn about (and sometime share through their stories) the spiritual experiences of Ramadan, and the celebrations of Eid. 

Earlier this month the kids went to the library for their weekly exchange and Zara brought home a book called The Night of the Moon. (Our local library is awesome about displaying culturally relevant books around festivals and holidays). She loved the concept of ‘Chand Raat’ and getting henna designs of course, but it also sparked a great conversation about Eid, and also brought up some questions she had about a friend at school that was fasting. I didn’t have all the answers, but thankfully I have a bank of good friends to turn to that are ready and willing to help out!gulab jamun cupcakes, eid eats 2015

I feel like people don’t ask questions about a faith or culture that they are not a part of sometimes out of the fear of offending someone. Here’s what I think; learning about new experiences, belief systems, and world views make us (and by default our kids) better human beings. And you know what makes us happier human beings? Food, good food, lots of food, and from everything I’ve heard about Eid celebrations – there is no shortage on food!

When I was trying to figure out what to make for the Eid Eats 2015 link-up, I wanted to create something that was fun, easy enough for anyone with limited cooking/baking skills to make, and married traditional and modern components together. Enter Gulab Jamun Cupcakes. gulab jamun cupcakes, pink chai living

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with Gulab Jamun Centre

Boxed cake mix (plus water, oil, and eggs as directed on the box)
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
24 mini gulab jamuns 
Icing for decorating (optional)

Note – you are absolutely welcome to bake your cupcakes from scratch, but I just figured all the ladies that have been cooking Iftaar meals all month might want to take a little cheat on this one!gulab jamun cupcakes

Start by pre-heating your oven (check the cake mix box for temperature). Mix up your boxed cake mix as directed on the package. Add the shredded coconut and mix it all together.

gulab jamun cupcakes - chocolate coconut cupcakes with a gulab jamun centrePour the cupcake mix into your cupcake pan but make sure you don’t fill more than 1/3 of each section.gulab jamun cupcakes, pink chai livingchocolate coconut cupcakes with gulab jamun centre, pink chai living

Add the mini gulab jamun right into the centre of each cupcake and cover with a little batter. (Don’t add more batter, just re-distribute the batter that was already in that section, otherwise there will be too much batter and the cupcakes will bake up in strange shapes).gulab jamun cupcakes, eid eats 2015

Bake as directed on the cake mix box, and let cool. I originally planned on adding frosting to the top of the cupcakes, but I thought it might be sugar overload with the gulab jamun in the centre. I did use a piping tip and write an Eid Mubarak message on some of the cupcakes.gulab jamun cupcakes, pink chai living

Wishing all my friends and readers that will be celebrating this weekend Eid Mubarak! I hope these delicious little packages of goodness make it onto your dessert table. Don’t forget to stop by and check out the other recipes linked up to Eid Eats.

Eid Eats 2015

 Images by: Aziz Dhamani Photography




  1. July 15, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Yummy, love the secret gulab jamun treat! I didn’t grow up knowing anything about Ramadan either so it has been fun learning about traditions for me too. That’s really cool that you’re exploring it with your kids – and you’re right, food is an awesome way!

  2. July 15, 2015 / 11:48 am

    lovely post! i wish people would ask more questions – love that your library had that book! also the cupcakes look delicious and I am crushing on your jhumkas. just sayin

    • July 15, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks Sarah! You know I love my jhumke!

  3. July 15, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Love this idea!! Actually, I can’t wait to share this with my mother-in-law. She makes the best gulab jamun… I think she is going to love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • July 16, 2015 / 11:21 am

      That’s awesome! I’ve made gulab jamun a couple of times, but I was painfully slow at it.

  4. July 15, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    These look absolutely awesome…have been thinking of trying these gulab jamun cupcakes myself ever since I heard of them. Lovely pics!

  5. July 15, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Awesome looking cupcakes… I am floored at the chocolate coconut combination more than the gulab jamun in the center… 🙂 We as Muslims always welcome our other friends to ask us questions that we would be eager to answer… During this month and any time of the year, I get a lot of questions from my Hindu and Christian colleagues and I am more than happy to answer, and if I don’t know, it gives me a chance to learn something new and explain it back to them… happy to connect through Eid Eats… 🙂

    • July 16, 2015 / 11:20 am

      Thanks for stopping by Rafeeda. I have been blessed to have so many open and understanding friends that are willing to share their experiences and faith with me, and I’m glad to hear that you do the same for your colleagues. It makes the world a happier place 🙂

  6. July 16, 2015 / 5:49 am

    Gulab jaman cupcakes, oh my! That sounds incredible!

  7. July 16, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Hi Raj, just saw your recipe on Heena’s blog and it dragged me here. You have a marvelous blog. Surely will try this different recipe.

    • July 16, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Thanks Ainy! I’m so excited to have new visitors thanks to the link up, and I’d love to hear what you think of the cupcakes!

  8. July 16, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    This is such an amazing idea!!! My kids love anything chocolate and gulab jamuns….they would go nuts for something that combined the 2 things they love! Thanks for participating in Eid Eats and for your help with the link up as well 🙂

  9. July 16, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    GENIUS!!! I can’t wait to try this!

  10. July 17, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Holy moly! Where and how did you ever come up with such a combination?! It’s absolutely genius!
    And stunning photos 🙂
    Thank you for participating in Eid Eats 🙂 And thank you for all of your help; it was very kind of you 🙂

  11. July 19, 2015 / 6:52 am

    Such a creative idea – Jamun and Chocolate, kids would love it for sure! Can’t wait to try it!!

  12. July 20, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    I really need to try this!

  13. July 27, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Oh my gosh…this is everything I love about desserts all baked into one! I feel like, I’ll never eat another dessert, if I have this! Thanks for the recipe, it’s definitely going on my “To Bake…One Day” list!

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