all sorts of recipes, from me to you

all sorts of recipes, from me to you…

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Swedish Cardamom Coffee Cake


I want to spice up your morning with Swedish Cardamom Coffee Cake!  I’ve told you about my Swedish mother-in-law several times, her love of cardamom and my love of cardamom in other posts.  So, here is yet another cardamom recipe in a yummy coffee cake!

Remember?  I wrote that cardamom has a very unique flavor.  It’s a member of the ginger family; a spice with a little zip and is slightly sweet.  It has many health benefits concerning the digestive tract; the ancient Romans and Greeks thought it was an aphrodisiac and put the spice in their love potions.  In fact, I read somewhere that cardamom has a calming effect which in small amounts is a wonderful pacifier for toddlers; hyperactive children are immediately calmed.  Cardamom has also been used as a tooth cleaner, a perfume and even as a cure for obesity.  However, I don’t know if any of these claims are true; I just know that cardamom has a very smooth, pleasant taste!

This coffee cake is loaded with good flavors and the aroma as it bakes is mouthwatering.  The sweet, subtle taste of the cinnamon and cardamom combined with sour cream and other ingredients results in a wonderful, tasty breakfast treat! 

Swedish Cardamom Coffee Cake


10 vanilla wafer cookies, crushed into crumbs
1¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
3 eggs
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup sour cream
Confectioners’ sugar


Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grease 9” tube or bundt pan with butter.
Dust with cookie crumbs.  Set aside.
Combine flour and baking soda in small bowl; set aside.
Place sugar and butter in bowl of electric mixer.
Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, about 5 minutes total.
Beat in cardamom and cinnamon.
Add flour mixture, beat until just combined.
Add sour cream, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
Pour batter into pan.
Bake until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
Let stand 5 minutes, turn out on wire rack.
Cool completely.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar.



Lori Lynn said...

I bet it smells heavenly!

Catherine said...

This coffeecake sounds superb! I'm also loving the sound of those lemon cheesecake bars!
Have a wonderful week Pam!
HUugs & Blessings~

Pam said...

Lori Lynn, you're right!

Pam said...

Catherine,thanks and you have a wonderful week also!
Hugs and Blessings to you.

Jennifer said...

Im LOVING all of the cardamon in this coffee cake! yum!

Cakelaw said...

This cake sounds devine! I am always interested in recipes from other countries.

Buttercup said...

Fabulous. I know I'm really going to enjoy coming here to visit. Thanks for stopping by Buttercup's. I'm still thinking about yesterday's lemon bars.

Lucia from Madison said...

Hi Pam. Thanks for visiting my Blog. I love your blog!

À LA GRAHAM said...

Hi Pam, this does sound like a wonderful treat. I can't wait to try it! So glad I found your blog.

Pam said...

Jennifer, I love it too and I'ma glad you do!

Pam said...

Cakelaw, I'm glad you like it! I was not aware of cardamon in pastries until I met my MIL!

Pam said...

Buttercup, I'm still thinking about your bunny! Thanks!

Pam said...

Thanks, Lucia! Your blog is great and I look forward to reading more posts!

Pam said...

A la Graham, thanks for stopping by and I will be checking out your blog!

Chatty Crone said...

I'm here from Corgidogmama and Buttercup - love your music that goes with this and your recipes. I'll be back.


theUngourmet said...

I have just recently discovered cardamom. What a wonderful coffeecake! I love the crushed vanilla wafers in here!

Pam said...

Chatty Crone: Thanks for stopping by and I hope you return!

Pam said...

theUngourment: Isn't that cardamom great? Yes, I thought the crushed vanilla wafers was a little different and not like the usual coffeecake topping. Thanks for the visit!

Sue said...

A lovely recipe - and one I am going to try. I have only used Cardamom in curry before now as I like its fragrance and sweetness in ones like Korma or Dhansak. You are a fountain of information Pam - thank you!

Pam said...

Sue, thanks! I hope you give it a try! I have not really tried cardamom in anything other than pastries, etc. so will be looking at new ways/

Sam said...

Oh WOWza... you have to be kidding! This looks and sounds like comin home, baby! Keri (a.k.a. Sam)

Pam said...

Sam, glad you like it! ;)