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Orange pound cake with cardamom

Due to the current situation, I’m spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Baking bread, cooking elaborate meals and bringing all the comforting flavours we crave. One day Hubby said I want a cake with oranges and a lot of cardamom. The good wife that I am, I delivered. Then tweaked the recipe a bit to make it even better and decided to share it, in case you ever crave a simple orange cake with a lot of cardamom.

Orange pound cake with cardamom


3 eggs (medium)
45g brown sugar
45g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange blossom water (you can replace this with orange essence or add more orange juice)
1tbsp cardamom
1tsp cinnamon
orange zest of one big orange (about 2tbsp)
juice of 1/2 orange (about 50 ml)
160 g plain white flour
1 tsp baking powder
150 g brown butter (see this video to learn how to make brown butter)
a few orange slices, soak them in gin for that extra flavour boost


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C fan-forced or 190°C conventional. Grease a loaf pan and line with a baking paper.
  2. Mix together eggs and both sugars until frothy. Add vanilla extract, orange blossom water, cardamom, cinnamon, orange zest & juice.
  3. Stir in the flour & baking powder. Slowly pour in the butter. Mix until just combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into prepared loaf pan. Smooth the surface and top with orange slices.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Test with a toothpick – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.

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  • Reply
    June 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    It looks awesome. May I suggest that you replace the brown sugar with palm sugar (“gula melaka” or “gula jawa”) in the mix. It goes very with sweet spices such as cardamon/cinnamon/orange and gin.

  • Reply
    May 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Looks really pretty! Would be perfect with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing!

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