Apple Cardamom Cake

The past twelve days have been jam-packed and I just haven’t been able to spend any time here but I am happy to be back and I brought a cake to celebrate!

Since arriving home we have been settling in and unpacking, seeing friends and family, getting some work projects started and even doing a few cooking events around the city. In between the visits and the projects and the unpacking I have been cooking, cooking, cooking. What a joy to be back in the kitchen and the rainy, cold Vancouver weather is inspiring me.

I have been baking bread and cooking up pots of soup. I hauled out my pasta maker and made sausage, ricotta and swiss chard ravioli and then I braised some lamb shanks for another pasta dish with pappardelle, tomato, arugula and pine nuts. I made a Shepherd’s pie with duck confit, caramelized onion and truffled mashed potatoes. An arugula salad with pears, pomegranant and toasted pistachios was served alongside a turkey lasagna and another fall salad with shaved fennel and oranges with slivered black olives accompanied a Portuguese stew with sablefish and kale.

I made apple cakes. Fussing with the ingredients until one tasted just right to me. Now I have a recipe that I know I will return to again and again. I love having a recipe that is stored in my head so that I can adapt it depending on what I have on hand. A recipe committed to memory so that I can think and scheme and plan other things while my hands take over and my mind is free to wander.

I love apples and cardamom together and with a couple of tablespoons of Calvados poured into the batter this cake is very special yet still simple. You can dress it up with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce and/or ice cream to end a fancy dinner or simply sift a bit of icing sugar over the top and serve it up with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon.

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15 Responses to Apple Cardamom Cake

  1. It looks very much like one my Oma made, but I think she put in more Calvados.


  2. gail monteen bourne says:

    GEEEE!!! i WOULD LOVE TO BE AN ELF ON THE SHELF at your house and just show up when it is time to eat..How lucky everyone is to be around your table when it is “DINNER” time…I am going to bake the cake (apple one) and think of you cooking away in your Vancouver kitchen. Happy Wednesday!

  3. I’m not seeing the cardamom in the recipe and the combination sounds so good to me. How much cardamom? I might make this today.

    • Denise: Whew, thank goodness that someone is bothering to proofread the recipes! I have gone back and listed 3/4 of a teaspoon which I think gives it a nice balance of spice to the rest of the ingredients. I also adjusted the amount of sugar. I like a slightly less sweet cake so I used 3/4 of a cup but you could use up to 1 cup. Thanks for helping me out here and happy baking.

  4. Perfect. I’m out of green and only have black. Thanks for such a speedy reply.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Ummm, when can I move in?
    We recently bought a pasta maker, and Jason and I had fun making fresh pasta. Delicious! May even try ravioli tonight…wish me luck!
    I also love cardamom, so I think this will go in my oven tomorrow morning and as it bakes I will start planning my December baking extravaganza!
    Welcome back to the blog!

  6. Tracy says:

    Simply, the cake looks beautiful. I’m so glad you’re back in your own kitchen.

    • Thanks Tracy. As much as I loved being away I just never really felt that inspired to cook and I am not sure why. Now that I am back in my own kitchen I am spending all of my time thinking about food and planning what to cook and eat and (sometimes) photograph.

  7. Made it last night. Pretty, simple, and delicious. Loved it.

  8. Tobey says:

    Made this tonight but with pears and spiced rum. It’s what I had on hand. Fantastic!!

    • Tobey, I almost made this myself with pears. I bet the spiced rum was a great addition. I have been dreaming about a red wine and pear cake that they make at Little Nest which is right near my house. Going to do some research and bake some test cakes. Will try your version too. Thanks!

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