Cardamom nom nom

We are planning a climbing trip to Austria next week in our VW campervan so I am trying to stock up on some food that will keep for a week. My friend had the idea to take homemade cake (can’t believe I didn’t think of that!) so I started baking. The first one is a cardamom loaf, it is really easy and fast and the best thing about it is the sweet smell of cardamom that will fill the whole house.

Here is the recipe:

190 g butter

3 large eggs

190 g sugar

10 cardamom pods

190 g flour

pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbs yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla essence

Take the cardamom seeds out of the pods and grind. Then mix the butter sugar and cardamom until fluffy, add the eggs and keep mixing.  Mix the baking powder, salt and flour in another bowl and then fold it in two or three steps under the egg mixture until just combined. Mix in yoghurt and vanilla and pour in a loaf tin. Bake at 170°C for about an hour.

I have a fan oven in my new flat so I baked it at 160°C and it took nearly 1.5 hours.


We had the cake as a treat after a long day out climbing (we decided against Austria after seeing the weather forecast and went to Finale, Italy instead). It was one of the guys birthday so we made it a birthday cake. The birthday boy hadn’t heard of cardamom before, which didn’t matter, because he was convinced that it was a lemon drizzle cake. I didn’t argue (well, a little).

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