Swedish Cardamom Cake Recipe Kardemummakaka

Kardemummakaka – Swedish Cardamom Cake Recipe for Fika

Swedish Fika Recipe of Cardamom Cake for our Chai Nashta Break

Over couple of years, I have made this Cardamom Cake or as the Swedes would call it, Kardemummakaka, quite a few times and every time it has been a super hit with my family. Now, my 1 year old has also been added to this list of its fan. And, THAT my friend, has to be the highlight of my life right now for being a food blogger. This tea time or coffee break cake, also known as fika in Sweden, is absolutely delicious with mildly fragrant with a handful of Green Cardamoms. Rest, everything is same with this oil-based sponge cake, that I will get to soon.

What is fika?

Used interchangeably as verb and noun, fika is basically the coffee break that Swedish people enjoy during their usual routine. It is something similar to our 11 o’clock tea break that we Indians usually enjoy before we head on to our task list for the day. In Sweden, fika allows them to stop and unwind. It literally puts everything at a halt as they get to enjoy their fresh brew along with a side of snacks like this Kardemummakaka.

Anybody who has been to Sweden must know that Swedish people take their fika pretty seriously. No kidding their country ranks higher in terms of happiness index than ours!

Offices allow fika breaks when people get off their seats and enjoy their coffee breaks with freshly baked cakes or snacks. Fika recipes is altogether a specialty in their cuisine.

Looking for Christmas Cake recipe without alcohol?

Are you in for a no-soak Christmas Cake recipe which has spices and makes your house smell nice?? Then this Cardamom Cake recipe is your answer. Of course it is different than the traditional Christmas Cake recipe, which by the way I have it here. This aromatic Cardamom infused cake has its own set of charms. While we are on the topic on Christmas Cakes, I have an eggless version of rum-soaked Plum Cake as well. 

Swedish Cardamom Cake Recipe Kardemummakaka

 

Why use Cardamom in a Cake Recipe?

With so many flavors available, you must be thinking why cardamom. We usually associate Indian spices with mainstream Indian cooking where these spices add heat to the savory dishes. Sometimes, Indian desserts make an occasional mention of these spices. But we find it very hard to believe that these spices can make for an excellent flavoring agent in a dessert recipe like a cake.

In case you are a fan of Mangoes, cardamom goes amazingly well with the flavour profile of Mangoes as well. I have this amazing recipe of Mango Cake with Cardamom Cream on this food blog which I am sure you will like it! Here’show it looks like, pretty isn’t it?

 

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Cardamom Cake Recipe Ingredient Profile:

Cardamom

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Well, its in the name itself, so you know how important it is. So, if you have any kind of an aversion towards this spice, then I am sorry.This cake recipe isn’t meant for you. “Coz what’s a Cardamom Cake with Cardamoms!!

Did you know? After Saffron and Vanilla, Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world. Originally from South and South East Asia, it is primarily cultivated in India and Indonesia. One of reasons for the steep cost of this Indian spice is the nature of its cultivation. It is a labour intensive hand-picking process where the entire harvesting of the crop has to be done manually.

Now, one of the key point to ponder is how much cardamom to use in cake? Now, I had medium-large-ish Cardamom pods with me and I used around 10 pods. I crushed them in my grinder and added it to the dry mix of ingredients. You might find the aroma quite overpowering but it will fade away a bit after baking. 

Eggs

Usually I am a bit orthodox in terms of using Eggs in the cake recipes. I believe it gives a degree of richness to the cakes and they hold better as compared to the eggless ones. However, I know there are many people who prefer eggless cake recipe for various reasons. In case you want to bake an Eggless Cardamom Cake then simply omit the Eggs and replace it with 1/4 cup of Applesauce or Condensed Milk or another 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda.

Milk

Here. in this Kardemummakaka swedish cake recipe, I have used the usual of Cow Milk. But if you prefer Lactose-free Milk, then you may use other plant-based milk options like Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, etc. I wouldn’t suggest using Coconut Milk as its favour might be too intense for this recipe. 

Frosting or glaze for Cardamom Cake

If you are feeling fancy then you can definitely go for a glaze on the top of this cake. Personally I felt that Cardamom goes very well with citrusy taste. So, I made an instant Lime Glaze using Lime juice and Caster Sugar. While the cake is warm, pour the glaze over the top and let it soak for couple of minutes before slicing.

You may also replace the lime and serve the cardamom cake with orange glaze. And, I have a feeling that another delicious way would be to serve this recipe of cardamom cake with coffee glaze

Here’s the printable recipe card for Swedish Cardamom Cake recipe:

Kardemummakaka - Swedish Cardamom Cake Recipe for Fika
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Over couple of years, I have made this Cardamom Cake or as the Swedes would call it, Kardemummakaka, quite a few times and every time it has been a super hit with my family. Now, my 1 year old has also been added to this list of its fan. And, THAT my friend, has to be the highlight of my life right now for being a food blogger. This tea time or coffee break cake, also known as fika in Sweden, is absolutely delicious with mildly fragrant with a handful of Green Cardamoms. Rest, everything is same with this oil-based sponge cake, that I will get to soon.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: Cake Recipes, Cardamom Cake Recipe, Fika Recipes, Swedish Cake Recipes
Servings: 1 Loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour With 2 tbsp of it replaced with equal amount of Cornflour
  • 1/2 cup Refined Oil
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 10 pods Green Cardamom
  • 2 Eggs
Instructions
  1. Grind the Cardamoms into a fine powder. Allow it to sit for a while before you open the jar, otherwise there will be a cloud of spice in your eyes.

    Take a bowl and mix all the dry ingredients together, including the Cardamom powder. Sieve them through and keep them aside.

  2. Now, in another bowl, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt, till light and almost 3 times in its volume.
  3. Add oil to the eggs and whisk them vigorously till light and airy.

  4. Now, add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with milk and mix gently. Once you see that the dry ingredients have incorporated nicely, stop mixing.
  5. Now, pour the batter in a slightly oiled and floured cake tin and bake it at 170c for 40 minutes. Once you see that the cake has baked and the sides are pulling back from the edges, you know that it is done.

  6. Take it out and allow it to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before turning it upside down on wire rack to cool down completely.
  7. Serve this cake as it is or drizzle it with a glaze.

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Swedish Cardamom Cake Recipe Kardemummakaka

 

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