Sweet Tooth Tuesdays: Orange Cardamom Cake

Sweet Tooth Tuesdays: Orange Cardamom Cake

Some days you just want cake. I came home the other day to a very empty fridge and all I could think of making was a cake. Baking (and eating) cake seems very decadent, usually an activity reserved for special occasions. However, I think cake on weekdays is even more special because I think of baking a cake as up there with giving yourself a pedicure–it’s indulgent. Now beautiful bundt cakes are the perfect solution if you want something pretty to look at, but don’t want too much work involved; which is perfect for a Tuesday night cake craving. I received this impressive Nordic Ware 70th Anniversary Crown Bundt Pan a while ago and I’ve been dying to give it a whirl..it’s just so pretty!

Cardamom is a wonderful spice to have in you pantry, but you might not be familiar with it. I use this spice a lot when making chutneys, and I’ve been experimenting with its use in baking. Orange is cardamom’s natural sweet companion. They play off one another and create a wonderful aroma. This cake is just so delicious and super easy to make. It’s not too sweet so I even had a slice with breakfast in the morning, or I’d serve it with afternoon tea. This beautiful bundt is finished off with a Cointreau sugar glaze, which will put a spring in your step!

Let’s bundt!

 

Orange Cardamom Bundt Cake

2017-03-07
: 15 min
: 60 min
: 1 hr 15 min
: Easy

Orange Cardamom Cake with brighten any weeknight dinner!

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Ingredients
  • A fabulous bundt pan, 10 cup capacity
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ fresh orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • For glaze: whisk 1 cup powdered sugar with ¼ cup Cointreau or other citrus liqueur until smooth.
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Step 2 Sift the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt in a bowl, set aside.
  • Step 3 In a standing mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together. Add each egg and beat after each addition. Also, add the vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Step 4 Add the flour mixture in three parts to the mixer and add the orange juice in two parts between the flour. Stir in the orange zest.
  • Step 5 Grease the bundt pan–I like to use the Pam spray with flour. Pour the batter into the pan, making sure to get an even top layer.
  • Step 6 Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Step 7 Let cool in pan on a rack for five minutes, but then flip the pan over and let naturally fall out of the pan. If your cake is sticking, try giving it a jiggle to loosen the cake.
  • Step 8 Once the cake is cooled, spoon the Cointreau glaze over the top letting the excess fall away from the cooling rack. Place on a pretty cake stand and enjoy your weeknight treat!

I love this Orange Cardamom cake so much! It’s a great treat to pull out for a last minute party invite, or if you just want to make a easy dessert for your guests. This cake isn’t cloyingly sweet, so it’s perfect for afternoon tea or brunch as well! The orange and cardamom really come together for a subtle flavor surprise.

You gotta bake it!


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