Cardamom Snacking Cake

January 24, 2013


Come closer.

I have something I want to share with you.

It’s my new favourite cake. A cardamom snacking cake. I implore you to say that out loud right now. “Cardamom snacking cake”. Isn’t is delicious?

Cardamom. It’s a dearly beloved spice of mine.


This cake, to me, is flawless. And while others in our household enjoyed their slice, none shared my truly fervent fondness. I cannot quite explain how this love story came about, or what makes it extra special. Dare I say I adore this cake more than my well-loved citrus and almond beauties? I suppose I do indeed.

What I do know, is that my adoration grew with each day, with each slice that crept onto my afternoon plate. My head tells me that it is something to do with the eager use of creme fraiche, which is God’s milk in my eyes. My hedonistic heart agrees. Scatterings of zest and pistachio freckles only enhance it’s beauty. Freckles and speckles are darling and delicious.

Really, I am inept at describing such a sudden, encompassing love as this. I try, yes, but no words quite do it justice. You may feel the same way as I do about this cake, you may find it rather ordinary. All I know is that I am faithfully and entirely in love.

And I just wanted you to know.

Heidi xo

Recipe Notes

* Recipe link: Cardamom Snacking Cake – by A Sweet Spoonful, adapted from The River Cottage.
* I used a mortar and pestle and did grind my own cardamom from the lovely green pods. The intense flavour is worth this extra effort.
* Mum’s oven cooked this beauty in 33 minutes. We checked it at 30minutes & left it in for an additional few. The recipe calls for 50 minutes or until golden and the top springs back. A skewer inserted into the middle certainly came out clean, so be sure to watch your cake if your oven is particularly efficient. I’m afraid that overcooking this cake will lessen any love.
* Next time I might try a touch of meyer lemon zest alongside the orange. And I did add a pinch more zest and pistachio than the recipe called for.
* I did not top our cake with icing sugar, as the recipe suggested, as I found it sweet enough already. It is truly perfect as it is. Greek yoghurt is a lovely addition, though.
* This cake is just as beautiful the day after it has been made. Slice by slice.

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  • Terry Turtle January 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    wow – this looks fantastic!

  • denitapreston January 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Oh I am SOO making this!!! Sounds perfectly snack-tastic.

    Love! xx

  • Ashley January 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Ooh, a snacking cake! What a wonderful concept, I guess no one ever said cake had to be an after dinner or tea time only affair after all 😉

    And it's always lovely to find new loves, especially in the food world!

  • The InTolerant Chef January 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Cardamom is just so very lovely isn't it? I love it more than cinnamon even! I'm glad you've found a cake to make your heart sing Heidi 🙂

  • Michelle's Style File January 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    oh this sounds lovely!


  • Heidi January 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Terry – you'd sure love it!

    De – well put, my lady x

    Ashley – it's a cute name, isn't it?!

    InTolerant Chef – truly, I am just so in love with cardamom, I dare say it's verrrry close to my cinnamon love. Perhaps even stronger, yes!

    Michelle – it is truly very lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Not Quite Nigella January 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I love cardamom! It's such an underused spice isn't it? I remember visiting Finland and tasting it in their cakes-delicious! 😀

  • Yasmeen January 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    love the flavors and the pistachio sprinkles. What a stunner!

  • Hannah January 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Oh yes, oh yes. Clearly I would leave out the devilfruit, but cardamom is something I adore and I know I'd love to eat a slight of this with a dainty fork with you and a pot of tea in the sunshine one day. x

  • Heidi January 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Lorraine – oh how lovely, I'm super keen to visit!

    Yasmeen – truly, thought of you when making this!

    Hannah – I love you even though we disagree on a truly important issue such as orange love. That sounds perfect.

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah January 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Beautiful. Cardamom is also a favourite of mine… perfect in chai or rice pudding 🙂 Will be making this soon, in fact I'm going to see now if I have all the ingredients.. 🙂 x

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I'll have to try this, not sure I've had enough cardamon on it's own to know if I'd like it in a cake or not, but I wanna try it!

  • Heidi February 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Hannah – love that you made this 🙂

    Michele – oh do give it a go! I think you'll love it.

    Heidi xo