Pipe Dream #281: To Fleck – Cardamom Pound Cake

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Look at these fleckkkkks. So pretty. If you’ve never tried cardamom, please do soon. I’ve heard it described both as like Coke and like nutmeg, so I don’t even know what to tell you about it. It’s a warm spice. Like in the cinnamon/chai/fall spices category.

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Traditional pound cake is supposed to be butter, sugar, eggs, flour, but this recipe included sour cream for moistness. As with many sour cream recipes I do, I am once again subbing greek yogurt for the cream.

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My vision was to serve this with whipped cream (or creme fraiche) and strawberry rhubarb compote, but I only got as far as raspberry jam. I wasn’t sorry about it. Poundcakes freeze well, so perhaps I’ll make another and save it until I can compote. ‘Compote’ isn’t a verb, but do you get me??

If you’re interested, here are some other great flavors to pair with cardamom, to get your brain working. Another pairing list I found:

Apples, bananas, beans, caramel, cinnamon, citrus, coconut, coffee, coriander, curry, dates, ginger, grains, grains of paradise, nuts, pepper, pumpkin, sugar, squash, yeast breads

No idea what “grains of paradise” is, but sounds like heaven. Haha. I’ve written like five blog posts today, and I’m at the point where my bad jokes are actually making me laugh.

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Cardamom Pound Cake

Adapted from Bon Appetit

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cardamom
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
1 cup white sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with non stick spray, then flour, or line with parchment. I used Baker’s Joy spray. It has flour in it already, which is awesome.
Whisk baking powder, cardamom, salt, and 2 cups flour in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk milk and sour cream or greek yogurt in a small bowl.
Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat sugar and ¾ cup butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl with a spatula. Then add vanilla and almond extracts.
Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients; beat just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula.
Bake cake, rotating halfway through, until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. (Tent with foil if browning too quickly.)
Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cake cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges, then gently remove cake from pan and transfer to rack; let cool.

2 Responses to “Pipe Dream #281: To Fleck – Cardamom Pound Cake”

  1. 1 Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat July 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Sounds fantastic. I LOVE cardamom. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. 2 Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried July 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love cardamom, especially in cakes. That cake looks so good!

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