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Cardamom Cake with Red Plums

I love cardamom, the aroma and the flavor. I have a recipe of a Cardamom Cake, added some red plums to give it a seasonal twist. Unfortunately, I cannot get the pods around here, so I’ll have to do with the ground version. I believe that when you use the pods and grind the seeds yourself it is more flavorful, but it is what it is.

Close-up picture of slices of cardamom cake with red plums

My first encounter with cardamom was in, I think it was Middle School. My best friend’s mother was Swedish and their favorite cake was ‘Kardemumma’. They had this secret, special Swedish ingredient; seeds from these funny looking pods, to flavor the cake. It was and still is absolutely delicious and for me it was love at first sight. Actually it was love at first whiff and confirmed by first bite. At that time, I did not know that Kardemumma is Swedish for Cardamom and I had the distinct impression that it came all the way from Sweden.

Years and years later, when I was visiting Sweden on a business trip, I asked one of my colleagues, whether they ever heard of kardemumma. They laughed and said ‘you’ll see’. It was close to tea time in the afternoon and they always had their coffee and tea breaks together in their lunch room. Guess what they served – a cake with Cardamom. I was so surprised, because I couldn’t figure out how this coincidence was possible, then I learned that Cardamom is a ‘regular’ ingredient in Swedish baking recipe.

Picture of tray with cardamom cake in form, spice bottle, plus and plates.

I am used to make a plain Cardamom Cake, since I got this recipe from my friends mother way back, and I slightly changed over the years. Today I thought I could add another ingredient – red plums. Readily available and their flavor would not overpower the cardamom. It adds a fruity layer of mushiness to the cake. It is still ‘my cardamom cake’, with just a little extra. I am enjoying a slice of this Cardamom Cake with Red Plums, while I type this post,  yumm!!

Picture of slice of Cardamom Cake with Red Plums on stag of plates
Cardamom Cake with Red Plums
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Cardamom Cake with Red Plums

Author: Marinka
A cardamom cake with red plums: an easy-to-make cake that will bring a totally different flavor to your everyday cake baking.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
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Servings: 1 loaf


  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves ground
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cardamom ground
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 red plums


  • Warm the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a cake form (9x5x3 inches) and dust the inside with bread crumbs.
  • Mix all dry ingredients, ground cloves until ground cardamom.
  • Melt butter.
  • Beat egg whites stiff.
  • Peel red plums and cut the fruits around the pit in quarters and then the quarters in halves.
  • Whisk milk and egg yolk and add melted butter.
  • Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and mix well. Add egg white and fold these into the batter. Don’t overmix, but make sure you have no white clouds of egg white.
  • Pour half of batter in the cake form. Place red plum pieces on top and cover with other half of batter.
  • Place cake form in oven and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Calories: 3270kcal | Carbohydrates: 666g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Sodium: 3173mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 417g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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