Monday, March 8

Cardamom is Captivating: A Recipe for Banana Apple Cardamom Cake with Cardamom Icing

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Few spices can excite your taste buds as powerfully as cardamom. Have you ever noticed how someone will take a bite of a cardamom-laced dessert, declare instant love, yet not be able to identify the spice?

That's because cardamom is enigmatic. Think about it: Is it spicy or sweet? Citric or floral? Does it taste like lemon? Cinnamon? Anise? Christmas? Yes. Cardamom embodies all of these flavors in one glorious spice, which is why baking with cardamom is so popular.

As this Banana Apple Cardamom Cake bakes, it will permeate your home with the sweet and spicy aromas of cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and coconut. With mashed ripe bananas, butter, and coconut milk, this is an especially moist cake that is punctuated with bits of chewy raisins, crisp apples, and crunchy nuts. It makes a sweet start to the day when paired with a mug of hot coffee or a relaxing afternoon snack with a cup of tea or a glass of milk. It also has the added benefit of tasting even better the next day.

Banana Apple Cardamom Cake with Cardamom Icing
Makes 2 (9-inch) round cakes; serves 16-20
Print recipe only here.

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 sticks (12 T) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
2 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 1/4 cups chopped fresh apple, peeled (such as Fuji, Rome Beauty, or Honey Crisp)
1/2 cup raisins (or chopped dates)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Icing and Garnish:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
several droplets of milk

1.  Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter or coat with cooking two (9 X 2-inch) round cake pans.

2.  In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger.

3. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars and beat at medium speed for a couple of minutes. Add eggs and beat well. Add the honey, vanilla, and coconut milk, and beat until batter is silky. Lower the speed, add the bananas, and beat briefly.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the apples, raisins, coconut, and nuts. Divide the batter evenly between the pans.

5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cakes are a deep golden brown. You'll know they're done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

6. Meanwhile, make the icing in a small bowl by whisking together confectioners' sugar and cardamom. Add a few droplets of milk and continue whisking until the icing is smooth and thin yet clings to the back of a spoon. When it's ready, pour it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any tiny clumps of confectioners' sugar.

7. Invert cakes onto a rack, then turn right side up. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the top of the cakes, and spread it with a thin, metal spatula. Sprinkle each cake with 1/4 cup of toasted coconut, and 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios. Allow to set for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

You might also enjoy these cake recipes from Food Blogga: 
Coconut Lemonquat Tea Cake
Upside-Down Clementine Cake
Pear and Cardamom Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
Italian Almond and Orange Torte with Blood Orange Compote
Spiced Sweet Potato, Cranberry, and Pecan Cake with Orange-Cinnamon Glaze

Here are more lovely cardamom cake recipes you might enjoy:
Cardamom Cakelets recipe at Kitchen Unplugged
Cardamom Vanilla Bundt Cake recipe at The Food Librarian
Walnut, Lemon, and Cardamom Cake recipe at Bon Vivant
Orange and Cardamom Upside-Down Cake recipe at David Lebovitz
Glazed Crumb Cake with Cardamom and Pecans recipe at Sass and Veracity


Finla said...

Love all the spices you have added in the cake. I love cardamom too, ifcourse we use them a lot in indian cooking, i even add them in my pot of tea.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Now banana, apple and cardamom is an interesting combination - beautiful!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I am ready for a little mystery un my baking Susan.

The Teacher Cooks said...

I love all the flavors that are in this cake. For a small family this is the perfect size!

Kate said...

I've been a fan of cardamom for years. I've made scones with mango and cardamom that are delicious and just recently came across chocolate with cardamom that was captivating. This looks wonderful!

Jessica said...

I love cardamom and this cake sounds right up my alley. It looks absolutely delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Indeed, cardamom is an interesting spice. This combo is wonederful. I'm sure this cake taste extremely good!



Debbie said...

Oh this just sounds fantastic. I love trying out new recipes that are different from what I normally bake. Thanks for posting this Susan. I will definitely give this a try!

Cristine said...

I love cardamom and hope to try this soon. Looks fantastic!

Manggy said...

I love the clean, satisfying flavors of apples and bananas. I can't believe I've never combined them before. (Never chewed a cardamom pod either yet, though.) Lovely recipe, Susan.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I love the flavours in your cake, Susan. And its got my "favouritest" spice in the world.
Cardamom makes everything a bit sweeter! :)

Sarah said...

Yes! Perfect! I bought a bunch of cardamom in Hawaii for super cheap. I needed some new recipes to use some of it up.

Snooky doodle said...

interesting recipe. I like cardamon :) and in this cake must be delicious !

Soma said...

So loving the flavors here!

carolyn said...

LOVE cardamom! i need to cook/bake with it more. Looks fantastic!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love combining cardamom with the warm spices, like cinnamon. The aroma is intoxicating and the flavor comforting -- what could be better? But I also love Swedish cardamom bread, where the cardamom is the star.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I think I love you. I could totally convert this to gluten-free. I think I might just do that. I can imagine the aroma right now!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

happycook-I absolutely love your tea idea and will try it when I'm back home. Thank you!

TW-They work well together, indeed.

val-Then you just met your mystery spice.

kate-Mango and cardamom scones? Oh, my, I have to get that recipe!

teachercooks-It is a nice size.

jessica-Thank you!

rosa-It really is wonderful. Thanks!

debbie-Then I think you'll have fun with this recipe.

cristine=Thank you so much!

mark-They are clean and satisfying flavors, aren't they? Thanks!

aparna-I like the way you said that. :)

sarah-Oh, that cardamom must be lovely. Enjoy!

snooky-It is!

soma-Thank you!

carolyn-I'm so happy you like it.

lydia-Swedish cardamom bread? Now, that's a bread I have to meet.

tastyeatsathome-I'm feeling the love. :)

The Food Hunter said...

your description and picture is making my mouth water.

The Italian Dish said...

I actually happen to love cardamom, so this recipe if for me - I have to make that icing!

Oihana said...

I love cardamon tooo, sometimes I use it in my donuts recipe and the result is fantastic!

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie said...

YUM! I never thought about using banana and cardamom together! I've been looking for new ways to use cardamom

Chris said...

mmmm, Cardamom! I am not sure why I don't use it more. The combo of ingredients is making my mouth water. heee! ;)

Joanne said...

I have a tendency to think of cardamom as the umami of the baking world. You can tell it's there, doing magical things, but you can't quite put your finger on what it is. This cake sounds amazing. I lvoe teh fruit included in it.

Cakelaw said...

This sounds fabulous! So many delicious flavours going on.

Montannie said...

I have to say... I never thought of myself as a "tropical flavors" kind of gal but this cake has become an absolute favorite. This is the second time I've made it - the first time, I was going to a potluck and halved the recipe and everyone got mad at me for not bringing two cakes!

One change that I think is really delicious though... I have been making the glaze with 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 t cardamom, the juice of 1/2 a lime, and a dash of dark rum. Ammmmmmmmazing. Adds the perfect tang to the cake. Thanks for this recipe!