Cardamom Cake

"A great all rounder. Great texture and very simple to put together. I have been known to sub vanilla for the cardamon."
photo by Mariam K. photo by Mariam K.
photo by Mariam K.
photo by Mariam K. photo by Mariam K.
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  • Heat oven to 180c fan.
  • Grease and flour a 23cm round cake tin.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add butter, egg, and milk and stir to a smooth batter.
  • Pour batter into tin, smoothing the surface with a spatula.
  • Bake in the lower half of the oven for approx 30 minutes.
  • Let cool before removing from tin.

Questions & Replies

  1. What is 180c fan in fahrenheit?
  2. I've baked this cake three times and I can not get it to rise. The first time I followed the recipe exactly, the second time I tried mixing the dry ingredients into the wet, and the last time, I tried a loaf tin. Still no rise. Is the butter supposed to be totally melted, rather than room temp? That's the only thing I have tried, but that seems wrong too...


  1. This is such a nice and easy recipe! I love that it makes a small cake. I followed it closely, using oat milk since that’s all I had, and sprinkled extra sugar on top. I recommend adding a little vanilla extract. Looking forward to making this again - following others’ suggested variations. And I would like to try it with some pears or apples at the bottom (then flipped before serving) and/or with a lime glaze.
  2. Not happy with this cake. I thought to myself as I was making the batter... WOW this batter is really thick. I almost added extra milk to thin it out a bit... but I decided to follow the recipe to the letter... I should have trusted my instinct. The batter was so thick I actually had to spread it out with a spatula as it wanted to stay in a mountain in the middle of the pan where I dumped it. I love cardamom. and will continue my search for a cake recipe with it... and this one is not it.
  3. I agree with all the good reviews. I made this cake today and it was great! Moist and just the right amount of cardamon, not too little not too much! I will definitely be making this cake on a regular basis. The only small thing I added was some vanilla extract, and I had to use a touch more milk to mine as I found the batter a little dry while mixing, and I baked mine in a smaller square pan rather than a round pan. Great recipe for cardamon lovers! Easy recipe too!
  4. This is a great cake, and this kind was new to me too. I made it exactly as written. (But, being in the USA, I converted the metric measurements: 180C to 356F, and a 23cm pan is almost exactly a standard 9-inch round.) I baked the cake for exactly 30 minutes - it easily passed a knife-in-the-center test at that point. I note that another reviewer made some high-altitude adjustments. I live slightly lower than them, at 6200 feet, and was pleasantly surprised that even with no adjustments, it baked up very light and fluffy. Perhaps even a little too fluffy, if I wanted to be picky about it. Plus it was moist enough that even on the eighth day (having a slice a night for dessert), the last slice was just fine. The recipe is very easy to make, and the result is simple yet has a prominent (but not too strong) cardamom flavor. This has a lot of bang for the buck, recipe-wise. Thanks!
  5. I had a taste for cardamom, and this recipe sounded very easy. I didn't really alter much, but I did have cardamom pods on hand, so I ground the cardamom seeds myself, as I'm assuming it would be more flavorful. I used skim milk because it's all I had and a couple T. of half and half. I also added the zest of one lemon and once I put the batter in the pan, I sprinkled cinnamon sugar and sugar crystals on top. The cake is light, fluffy and has a prominent cardamom flavor. Don't expect this to a be a sweet cake, it's very basic, but something I would enjoy with tea or coffee. It would probably taste good with powdered sugar on top, or even with fresh whipped cream and berries. I will for sure make this again.


  1. I love cardamom so I was excited to try this recipe. I LOVE this cake. I live at 8,700 feet, so had to make some altitude adjustments. I've never made a cake from scratch at this altitude, so had to look up some guidelines. Other than the altitude adjustments, I used a 50/50 combination of white whole wheat flour and regular unbleached flour, used Smart Balance instead of butter, and reduced the sugar by just a bit. I also reduced the cardamom to about 1-1/2 teaspoons because I had just bought some fresh and I was afraid it might be too strong, but I think I think 2 tsp would have been fine. The top of the cake didn't turn a nice brown color like in the pic (due to all the adjustments, I'm sure), but the favor and texture were GREAT! Do try this cake if you like cardamom -- it's quick, easy, and delicious!
  2. Oh Yes! This is a true keeper if ever there was one. First let me say that I made this as a diabetic friendly version and it was still wonderful. I replaced the called for sugar with 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, I replaced 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour, the egg became 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters, the milk was skim and the cardamom became cinnamon (only because I didn't have cardamom). Even with all of this subbing it baked up light, tender and oh so yummy From gathering the bowl, mixer, etc to cooling on the rack was just under 40 mins total. It's not very sweet and it has the marvelous rich scent and flavor of the spice, I didn't find 2 tsp of cinnamon to be over done at all . It does have one possible draw back, that being that it's very difficult to stop at one slice. My finished product looks very much like the picture with the exception that I have a crack in the top which could very well be the result of the subs. It in no way harms the quality or taste. I think this will be making a frequent appearance at my house from now on.


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