Orange Cardamom Cake with vanilla bean cardamom icing
Arriving just in time for all the holiday baking!
And it just happens to be the easiest cake you will ever make in your life!
Why not try something new this year?
Orange and cardamom are exotic partners not to mention it doesn’t get any easier than this!
Light and fluffy orange cake batter that is ready in less than five minutes!
Well you still have to bake it! But the batter itself is ready in less than five minutes!
Simply throw all the ingredients into a food processor ~ orange skins and all!
While the cake layers are baking the orange cardamom icing gets whipped up!
A beautiful rustic decor of dried orange slices and fresh rosemary sprigs make this one festive holiday cake!
Candied Cranberries for garnish are optional but they are a staple in my house all winter long since they store really well in the freezer
Pan Sizes and Baking Times
You can of course bake this cake batter into any size pan(s) you prefer
Even cupcakes would be amazing with this recipe!
Rule of thumb for changing pan sizes for any recipe is to fill the pans just a handful more than half way full to give the batter ample room to rise properly
This recipe will make 2 thick 8″ cake layers or 3- 7 ” layers
24 Cupcakes, 1- 9″ x 13″ layer, 4- 6″ layers, 1 Large Loaf pan (10″ x 5″ x 4″) or 1 – 12 cup capacity bundt pan
Notes for Success:
Be aware that I am using a 14 cup capacity food processor and this recipe takes it to the max
Smaller oranges like navels or clementines are the best oranges to use for this recipe ssince the skin is much thinner with bright citrus and floral notes
The recipe below calls for 10 ounces of total orange weight which is approximately 4-5 small clementines
Be sure to wash the orange skin thoroughly and pull out the hard stem
Also cut them open to remove any seeds before adding to the food processor
Many people have had problems using cake flour in their recipes, so I have adjusted the recipe to use all ~ All Purpose flour instead
GLUTEN FREE OPTION!
While I am not an avid gluten free baker, this recipe will work great with a 1:1 GF blend like Bob’s Red Mill in the total amount listed for both flours
I bought the dried orange slices for the decor for this cake, but you can always make your own
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL ON YOUTUBE FOR HOW TO MAKE THIS CAKE
For more awesome and easy recipes click the links below!
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake
Orange Cardamom Cake
The recipe below makes 2 - thick 8" layers Total weight of oranges with skin on is 10oz **total volume measure of pureed orange with the skin on is a a scant 1 cup
For the Orange Cake Batter
- Plant Milk 1½ cup (350ml) * I use soy milk
- 4-5 small clementine oranges
- Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml)
- All Purpose Flour 3 ¾ cup (469g)
- Egg Replacer 3 teaspoons *I am using Bob's Red Mil
- Granulated Sugar 1½ cups (300g)
- Baking Powder 6 teaspoons
- Salt 1½ teaspoons
- Ground Cardamom 2 teaspoons
- Vegan Butter Melted or Vegetable Oil 18 Tablespoons (270ml)
For the Cardamom Icing:
- Vegan Butter 3 Cups (6 sticks) (672g)
- Confectioners Sugar 6 cups (720g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons
- Butter Extract 1 teaspoon
- Salt ¼ teaspoon
- Ground Cardamom 3 teaspoons
- Orange Zest from 1 large navel orange (approximately 2 teaspoons)
- Candied Cranberries optional, click here for recipe
- Dried Orange Slices for garnish
- Rosemary Sprigs for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- First wash the oranges in their skins very well with warm water
- Next pull of the hard stem of the orange (if there are any) and check the oranges inside for seeds by slicing them in half and remove seeds if there are any.
- The skins stay on the orange, so leave that intact.
- Place all of the cake ingredients including the oranges into a food processor and processor until smooth batter (about 1 minute)
- Pour batter evenly between the 2 greased and parchment lined 8" cake pans
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 15 minutes then I like to turn the oven temperature down to 300°F for another 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Next prepare the orange cardamom icing: Whip the vegan butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy
- on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt and the cardamom, orange zest and the butter and vanilla extracts
- Turn the mixer speed down to low and add the sifted confectioners sugar a cup at a time
- Mix on low speed until all is incorporated , then scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix on high speed for another 3 minutes.
- Once the cakes are cooled (I like to put mine in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight wrapped well) before building the cake to make sure it is nice & cold)
- Ice the cake as shown in the video tutorial and decorate with candied cranberries, dried orange slices and rosemary sprigs
Orange Cardamom Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, for longer storage refrigerate for up to 1 week
In the video you show adding cardamom to the cake batter, but I don’t see it listed with the cake ingredients. How much cardamom did you use in the cake itself?
Hey thank you so much for catching that! I used 2 teaspoons in the batter!
How do you dry the orange slices? They are beautiful!
Hi Kelly, thanks for the reminder, I have to make a note of this, I bought dehydrated orange slices, but if you can’t find them or don’t want to buy them you can dry them yourself.
Google recipes for dried orange slices or CLICK HERE
I’m in the UK and wondered if you could use flax seed nsteD of egg replacer, if so how much please.
Hi Shirley, I would not add flax to this since this cake is already really moist, the addition of flax could make it a bit heavy. If you have another egg replacer (like Orgran or some store brand dry blend that is similar to Bob’s Red Mill? ~ I’m not sure what you have over in UK) But if not just leave it out altogether! It won’t be a detriment to this recipe if you leave it out! 🙂
I am so excited to try this recipe. You say 3tsp of Bobs red mill egg replacer (how many eggs is this) and do you add water to the egg replacer or just add the powder to the mix? Can I substitute with apple sauce if so how much.
Hi Tracy, this recipe was not developed from an egg recipe, so I can’t really say. But If you don’t have Bob’s egg replacer you can use any other dry blend mix that you like the best and no I do not reconstitute, I add it with the dry ingredients.
I do not like to use applesauce as an egg replacer (to me it is an oil replacer) since it will make the cake heavy & borderline gummy So if you do not have any egg replacer at all.. just leave it out. It will not be detrimental to the recipe
Can this cake be baked and then frozen without frosting? I would like to make two smaller cakes for the Holidays
Yes! For sure
My cake turned out oily and gummy. I weighed all ingredients carefully and I use an over thermometer. I used Earth Balance “butter”. It seemed like a lot of butter. Does it perhaps, not weigh the same as the brand you use? ( Also the recipe does not “fit” in my standard food processor. I had to process the liquids and clementines with part of the dry and then finish in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer)
Oh No! I’m sorry that happened, but I know the measurements are correct because I literally just mixed this myself! I am making it into cupcakes and the recipe turned out perfect! I do use a combo of melted vegan butter & oil though and at times I use all one or the other. I have to suspect that it is the cake flour that is the culprit, although I do use a combo of AP & Cake Flour as recipe states, some people have really bad problems when they use cake flour and I can’t understand why that is. I have to say I am truly stumped since I just made this recipe an hour ago
By the way I have a 14 cup capacity food processor thank you for pointing out that I should include that information in the recipe post
Thanks, I used King Arhur’s cake flour and Bob’s AP. Other vegan bakers often caution against using cake flour, so perhaps that can be an issue. If I try it again, maybe I’ll use combo on the oils. And yes, my food processor is a 9 cup.
Thank you for this discussion, this is all really great information to include in my posts going forward! Cake flour will not absorb liquid the way that AP will, which can definitely lead to the result you experienced.In vegan cakes we already have a problem with gummy cakes, so this will add to the chaos especially when people also combine an egg replacer like flax which is just more heavy gumminess in the way of fat!
I am obsessed with this frosting!!
Do you think it would go well with chocolate cupcakes (minus the cardamom)
Im not a fan of chocolate, but I know it pairs well with orange…. I am just looking for an excuse to eat some of this frosting with a spoon!!!
oooh yes! I think the cardamom would even be great in it as well!
Hey Gretchen! Im obsessed with this frosting! Can I make it just a vanilla version without orange or cardamom? I need to make it today and don’t have time to get shortening for your other recipe? Should I add more vanilla?
Hey yes! You can add more vanilla, if you have paste that is the best! I almost NEVER use shortening in my buttercream anymore, but I do use a really good vegan butter which makes all the difference!