Spicy Cardamom Coffee Cake

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a recipe my friend Jen served at Easter brunch that I had to have the recipe for. It is very spicy (2 Tablespoons of cardamom!) and yummy. It is wonderful served with strawberries, but just fine on its own.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cake: Cream together sugar and butter until fluffy.
  2. Beat eggs in one at a time.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Stir in the baking powder, soda, salt, and Cardamom.
  5. Stir in the floor one cup at a time, adding sour cream and milk as you go along.
  6. Topping: In a separate bowl mix together the"topping" ingredients.
  7. To Assemble: You can bake this in a few different style pans.
  8. A bundt cake pan would work well.
  9. I used two tall round 8" cake pans.
  10. Oil your pans well.
  11. Pour the batter in your pans- be sure to leave some room at the top as these cakes should rise.
  12. Sprinkle the top with your topping.
  13. Alteration: Instead of sprinkling the topping over the cake, you might prefer to pour half your batter in the pan, create an inside layer by sprinkling in some of your topping and then pour the remaining batter in your pan and sprinkle the rest of the nut mixture over the top.
  14. You can always whip up some more topping if you need to!
  15. To Bake: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  16. This is a dense cake and will bake for about an hour (in a bundt cake pan).
  17. Keep checking on it by inserting a knife in the top.
  18. If it comes out clean, it's done.
  19. To Serve: Let the cake cool for a while (at least half an hour).
  20. Turn the cake over and slide onto a plate (if you have used a bundt cake pan).
  21. If you used a cake pan, loosen the edges of the cake pan with a knife, gently easing the cake up out of the pan.
  22. If you need to, turn the cake over and gently tap it out of the pan, once the cake is out of the pan you can turn it back over onto a plate for presentation.


Most Helpful

Rita L (see my other recipe reviews) posted Nov 27, 2003 I made this in my first time used silicone bundt pan. Love it! I buttered the pan then I Mixed the topping with 3 tablespoons butter placed it in the bottom of the pan. Place the dough on top which I loaded with fresh ground cardamom Yummy! I used vanilla flavored yogurt in place of the sour cream. I baked for 70 minutes. Came out dark and dense. I left my husband alone with it and a 1/4 of it was gone yes he ate 1/4 of it in one seating and thats after a big meal! My Thanks to Gay for posting this and Jen for serving it to Gay! Loved it!

Rita~ December 01, 2003

This cake is WONDERFUL and the BEST green cardamom cake I have ever ever had! I halved the recipe and made just one 8-inch cake in honour of having completed 2 years today of my battle against obesity:) I did use low-fat plain yoghurt as a substitute for sour cream. I used low-fat milk for the milk/cream option. For the cake, I used 1 1/4 tbsps. of green cardamom(powdered). As for the topping, I used a little over 1/2 tbsp. of green cardamom(powdered). Also, I used almonds for the nuts. My friends' loved this cake to the core! Everyone jumped for the cake as soon as it was on the table;) I was told that it looked store-bought and tasted divine! Thank YOU so much for a fantastic recipe! I will, ofcourse, repeat this as often as I can:)

Charishma_Ramchandani July 02, 2003

This was just great! We loved it! I did Rita L's idea of mixing the topping with 3 tablespoons butter and placing on the bottom of the bundt pan, then putting dough on top of that mixture. I buttered the pan well before starting , it took 55 minutes to bake. It came out to the serving plate easily and had a nice slightly crunchy top. Thank you so much Gay for posting this one!

RecipeMonster January 15, 2006

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