Spiced Cardamom Cake (kruidkoek)

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Cardamom is from the same family as turmeric and ginger and helps to balance digestion. It's a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and potassium.

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What’s better than starting your day with coffee and a slice of home baked spiced cake? In Holland it’s very common to eat this kind of cake for breakfast. This cardamom spiced cake is very similar to the Dutch ‘ontbijtkoek’, which literally means ‘breakfast cake’. Only this homemade version is another level of cake. It’s moist, sweet, spicy and full of warm flavors. What makes it even more fun to bake it yourself is the way your kitchen smells after baking it! It smells like cozy winters ♡.

How to use cardamom?

Cardamom is one of the oldest spices ever used in recipes. It has an intense, slightly sweet flavor that some people may find similar to anise or mint. It’s originally from India but today it’s available worldwide and used in sweet and savory recipes. Cardamom can be found as powder, seeds or pods. The whole pods have a more intense flavor. Break open the pods and grind the black seeds. You could use a mortar and pestle, a spice grinder or if you don’t have any of that just use the bottom of the spice jar. It works fine!

Cardamom is used in Chinese medicine

Cardamom is used in curries, desserts, meat dishes and chai latte’s, but also in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s from the same family as ginger and turmeric and is a goods source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and potassium. Cardamom is considered warm and pungent and associated with the lungs and stomach. It can warm the stomach and be of help with nausea and vomiting.

I am not going to confuse you, this cake doesn’t belong in the healthy recipes section. Although this cake contains lots of sugar and butter, the spices used can really help with digestion, while normally when eating too much cake it can leave you feel bloated. The advise is always to not go crazy and enjoy a slice of this spiced cake a day. Anyway, I will be the last one to keep you from eating two slices a day but if you want to enjoy the cake for longer, you could cut it in half and freeze the other half for later. The cake will be tasty for about 2-3 days. Keep it outside, but wrapped in aluminium foil.

Spiced Cardamom Cake

Servings 10 pieces
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • KitchenAid RRK150WH 5 Qt


  • 200 grams flour
  • 150 grams brown sugar
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 175 grams unsalted butter soft and room temperature
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 2 tsp cardamom seeds crushed
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 150 ml honey


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Cut the butter in cubes and let it soften before use. Add the softened butter to the bowl of your kitchen aid and add the sugar and honey. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Add the eggs one by one to the mixture. Do this patiently, wait until each egg is completely mixed up.
  • Once all 4 eggs are mixed up into the batter, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until creamy.
  • The batter will be thick, which is normal. Transfer it unto a cake tin lined with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper you could butter the cake tin.
  • Bake the cake in the pre-heated oven for about 55 minutes. Check with a knife if the cake is ready. The knife should come out dry.

Sources: acupuncturetoday


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