Cardamon spice cake

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly ground cardamon… it’s such a heady and heavenly ancient spice that sends me to Swoonsville.

Cardomom Spice Cake Sue Joy

The scent takes me back to my childhood when my relatives would sit together and enjoy a cup of cardamom-spiced Turkish coffee after indulging in a Middle Eastern feast. It’s a little more exy then your average spice, but remember, a little goes a long way.

This simple cake was truly scrummy and the kids totally loved it so most of it got packed into their lunch boxes for the week (damn them!).


Cardamom spice cake


Cardamon and Spice Cake

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • 1 cup white spelt flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon straight out of pod if possible
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 125 g butter chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk


  • Heat oven to 170 C and grease a 20cm x 30 cm lamington pan and line the base with baking paper.
  • In a food processor, blend flours, baking powder, sugar, spices and butter until ingredients resemble breadcrumbs and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
  • Whisk egg, bicarb of soda and milk in a bowl and add to the flour mixture.
  • Mix until just combined.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake the cake for approx 30-40mins then turn onto a wire rack to cool down.
  • Cut into squares and serve with a hot chocolate or warm cup of herbal tea.

Thermomix Instructions

  • Pop all the ingredients into the thermomix and mix SP5/15 seconds
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake the cake for approx 30-40mins then turn onto a wire rack to cool down.


Natural New Age Mum made my cake and loved it.
She tweaked it to make it DAIRY FREE for a friend by using coconut oil and coconut milk instead of butter and milk.
She also added some thinly sliced pear to the top and reported back that the cake was divine!

Cardamom Cake with Pears

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Some other delicious healthy cakes you might like are Double Chocolate Banana Slab Cake and Hot Chocolate Cake with Honeyed Cream.



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  1. Michelle Holmes

    This cake is delightful. I adore spices and made it with the sliced apple on top as Natural New Age Mum did. Thanks so much for sharing!

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