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Cardamom Sour-Cream Cake

Updated February 23, 2016
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This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is one of the most delicious cakes. It stays wonderfully moist and the flavor of the sour cream or crème fraîche with the cardamom is sublime. This makes a gorgeous birthday cake, or a special gift for Mother’s Day.

Serves8

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealbrunch, dinner, tea

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturerich, spiced, sweet, tangy

Type of Dishcake, dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 8-oz tub sour cream or crème fraîche (reserve 1 tbsp for icing)
  • ¾ c (6 oz) superfine sugar
  • 1¾ c (8 oz) all purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
  • ½ c (4 oz) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp sour cream or crème fraîche

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease the sides of an 8-inch round cake pan and dust with flour; line the base of the pan with a disc of wax paper.

Whisk the egg in a large bowl. Add all but 1 generous tablespoon of the sour cream or crème fraîche and the sugar and whisk to combine. Add the sifted flour and baking soda, then the salt and the ground cardamom. Fold the mixture to combine; do not overmix. Transfer into the pan and place in the oven. Cook for about 35 minutes, until the top of the cake just feels firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack.

When the cake has just cooled, make the icing by mixing the reserved tablespoon of sour cream or crème fraîche with the confectioners’ sugar. If it is too stiff add just a drop of water; if it is too runny, add a bit more sugar. Spread the icing over the top of the cake, allowing any extra icing to drip down the sides.

Variation:

Cardamom Sour-Cream Cupcakes

This recipe works perfectly when cooked in a muffin pan. The cakes look so sweet with birthday candles in each one. Just divide the mixture between 12 muffin cups (use paper liners) and cook at the same temperature for 18-20 minutes. Ice as above.

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