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Finnish cardamom bun cake

February 20, 2022
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Photo by Babaganoush
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 12
Author Notes

This is the quickest way to make any home smell Finnish.

Socialising around a cup of coffee at someone's home is a distinctively Nordic thing. The Swedes even have a word for this: 'fika'. Naturally, there is also a tradition of cozy, rustic coffee breads.

This cake stays delicious for several days and can be enjoyed plain with just a cup of coffee. If you feel like it, you can serve it with jam or whipped cream. I could imagine it pairs well with different syrups or a quick zabaglione, too.

The recipe is an old one and variations can be found in several sources, e.g. in 'Otavan Suuri Keittokirja, 1962'. —Babaganoush

What You'll Need
  • 200 milliliters sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 milliliters half-and-half cream
  • 100 milliliters melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • pearl sugar
  1. Mix sugar and eggs.
  2. Add half-and-half, melted butter and cardamom.
  3. In another bowl, mix baking powder and flour. Add mixture into the liquid and mix as little as possible.
  4. Pour the batter into a buttered flat-bottom pan (diameter 8 to 10 in). I use a straight-walled non-stick pot.
  5. Sprinkle with some pearl sugar.
  6. Bake in 350F for 50 to 60 minutes. If the top gets too dark, cover with foil.

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