This recipe combines some of my favorite flavors into an easily prepared and even-more-easily consumed loaf cake. As it is oil based, it comes together super quickly (no waiting for butter to come to room temperature), and maintains its moisture for several days, though it never lasts that long in my house. I've included a frosting recipe, but you can use any cream cheese frosting that you like, or omit it completely. I also suspect it would be nice with buttercream, though I haven't tried, as I cannot say no to cream cheese. —célineismoi
1 loaf cake
Cardamom, vanilla, and almond cake
neutral flavored oil
1 1/4 cups
ground cardamom (grind your own from pods - reduce to 3/4 teaspoon if using pre-ground cardamom)
buttermilk (or whole milk with a splash of vinegar, which is what I do)
1 3/4 cups
Vanilla cream cheese frosting
full fat cream cheese at room temperature
Butter and flour a loaf pan. Preheat your oven to 350F.
Grind your cardamom and add it along with the sugar and oil to the bowl of your stand mixer (you could also use a hand mixer). Beat the mixture for 30 seconds until it is well combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically.
Add the salt, vanilla, and almond extracts to the bowl.
Add the remaining dry ingredients followed by the buttermilk and mix until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45 to 60 minutes. Depending on the size of your pan (I prefer to use a longer, narrower loaf pan), you may want to start checking for doneness at closer to 40 minutes. If the outside of your cake starts browning too quickly, cover the top with foil and continue baking.
While the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese (make sure they're roughly the same temperature before you start mixing). Add a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt and stir to mix. Feel free to add more flavoring agents - orange zest or more cardamom would work well here.
Once the cake is completely cool, frost it and then try not to eat it all at once.