Cardamom Coffeecake Recipe

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Categories: Breakfast, Brunch, Dairy, Dessert, Scandinavian, Spice

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Cardamom Coffeecake Notes

From the Great Scandinavian Baking Book by Beatrice Ojakangas. (As taught in a class for Gallery 37's World Kitchen by our good friend Judith Dunbar Hines)

Cardamom is a sweet spice often identified with the Scandinavian countries, or with Lenten yeast buns. Try this pound cake for any season and any time of day. But be warned: The haunting flavor may become addictive!

Photo by Roberta Brouse Bertling.

  • 10 vanilla wafer cookies or 6 squares of graham crackers
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoom baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Confectioners sugar
Serves / Yields

serves 12

Preparation Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch tube or bundt pan with butter and dust with the crumbs. Set aside.

Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl.

Place sugar and butter unto the bowl of electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes total. Beat in spices. Add flour mixture, beat until just combined. Add sour cream and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour batter into pan and smooth.

Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes in cooling rack, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely before dusting with confectioners sugar and serving.

Quick Shopping List

Green Cardamom, Whole Fancy Pods, Inner Seeds or Ground
Ground, in a resealable bag
1 oz.
Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Cracked or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup in shaker jar, net 2 oz.

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Alyx K. Said:

I agree that the recipe is better suited to a loaf pan than a bundt pan. I would have given it an "amazing" rating but it really needs some kind of a crumble topping...I should work on that.

Make it Again? Alyx K. would make this recipe again.

Monica G. Said:

I have not tried it yet,but me and my kids Pirkko & Deena and my husband have tried it and they say it was awesome!! I can't wait to try it!!!!!!!!!!

Make it Again? Monica G. would make this recipe again.

Jeanette J. Said:

I would re-name this "Cardamom Poundcake" and suggest that the batter be spread into a typical poundcake loaf pan. The bundt pan was not filled by the size of this recipe. I love the flavor and texture - it will become a staple in our house!

Make it Again? Jeanette J. would make this recipe again.