- Ginger Cake
- Scandinavian Cardamom Coffee Cake
- Chocolate Kugelhopf
- Tarte aux Pommes
I was tempted by two of the choices, but I adore the spicy, herbal complexity of cardamom and could not turn away from the recipe. I actually ended up making this recipe twice. The first time I made it with the Chocolate Ganache the recipe called for. However, I was disappointed that the deep chocolate overpowered the cardamom. It was a beautiful cake though so here is a photo of it:
I decided I needed to try again so the next day I remade the cake. Instead of a chocolate ganache or glaze, I opted to make a coffee cardamom glaze. It was light and perfectly complimented the flavors of the cake. The lighter glaze also made it more ideal for a snack with coffee in the afternoon or an indulgent breakfast treat, without being too rich.
Scandinavian Cardamom Coffee Cake
Author: The Ruby Kitchen
Adapted from: World Class Cakes by Roger Pizey
Notes: I used the Blossom cake pan by Nordic Ware for the cake pictured.
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup sour cream
for the coffee cardamom glaze
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1½ cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. black coffee
1. Preheat the oven to 310 degrees F. Grease or spray a ten cup capacity Bundt pan, making sure to grease every nook and cranny.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and fold in the sour cream. Min in with the butter, sugar and eggs until well combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared Bundt pan and firmly tap on the counter 2-3 times to remove any large pockets of air. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack.
6. When cake has cooled completely, make glaze by mixing together the cardamom, powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. of the coffee. Add additional coffee if needed to make a thinner glaze.
7. Pour glaze over cake and serve with a cup of coffee or tea.