Urban Legend | How the Bombay cupcake survived
As yet another Irani caf announces its closure, we revisit the history of the Irani's popular staple, the humble 'mawa' cake
The year 1981 saw the release of Manmohan Desai’s blockbuster Naseeb. While it is Amitabh Bachchan’s famous image of cage-fighting, Kim’s lip-reading talent and Hema Malini’s pink boa that make the film unforgettable for most, I will always associate the film with the beginning of a love affair with the mawa cake. The cake that travelled from the streets of Bombay, through a cake fight in a five-star hotel kitchen, and was hand-delivered by an airline pilot to a casino in London, had to be a special one.