Swedish Cardamom Coffee Cake

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 50 mins

Another lovely cardamom recipe, this one is adapted from the fantastic 'The Great Scandinavian Baking Book' by Beatrice Ojakangas. You can buy cardamom already ground but I prefer grinding it myself in a mortar and pestle, it's much tastier.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch tube or bundt pan with butter; dust with cookie crumbs, set aside.
  3. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.
  4. Mix sugar and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes; add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, about 5 minutes total.
  5. Beat in cardamom and cinnamon; add flour mixture; beat until just combined; add sour cream, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  6. Pour batter into pan.
  7. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
  8. Let stand 5 minutes; turn out on a wire rack; cool completely.
  9. Dust with confectioners' sugar.


Most Helpful

HeyJude speaks the truth: grind your own cardamom. I used some preground that was lingering in the cupboard, and everything about the cake was great...except that the flavour was flat. I was so mad at myself for taking the lazy route. Next time I'm going to do it properly! Thanks for sharing.

qjohnson October 09, 2007

Having a wee bit of Scandanavian in me, I saw this recipe and frothed. However, I knew if I made a bundt cake, they would ask which old lady in the neighborhood dropped it off and it wouldn't be eaten. So, I made the batter and made them into cupcakes. It made 14 cupcakes filled 3/4 full to the top. I baked them at 325 degrees conVECTION for 25 minutes. I piped a little vanilla icing flower on top of each one. That was three hours ago...they're all gone! ...I might want to double the amounts next time!!!! This was a phenominal recipe and I will make it in Bundt form to bring to get-togethers...but this worked GREAT as cupcakes too! Thank you for sharing this recipe Hey Jude! Kudos!

L.A. Stewart January 13, 2006

When I saw this recipe I went nuts--its been years since I had a good cardamom coffeecake. Being swedish I was used to eating cardamom coffee cake regularly, from a swedish bakery. Its nice to know I can now make it myself and serve it to my family. It was absolutely delicious. My sister was over when I was making it and she and I devoured half of it. The texture was light and the only change we made was to sprinkle the top with a mixture of sugar, cardamom and cinnamon. (my personal preference). Thanks Hey Jude for a great receipe.

Doe's Kitchen August 25, 2004

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