Pistachio Coffee Cardamom Cake for #BundtBakers

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Yayyyyyy...we've got a new bundt cake bakers group by the name BundtBakers! Such an appropriate name, isn't it? After the closure of BundtAMonth Group, I was so disappointed as I had participated just once and thought this was the end of a wonderful experience where all the group members bake bundt cakes with a common theme every month and share recipes with other members and the rest of the world.

But Ahoy! due to the relentless efforts of some of the group members (myself not included) and the excitement of everybody (including mine), we are back and this time with a badge as well! (Thank you for the badge Stacy, I mean thanks to your daughter actually :D)




Now let me talk about this tasty creation of mine. You know, I'm always looking forward to sharing my recipes with you (and that's the whole point of this blog actually) but today, I'm super excited to share this bundt cake's recipe. The reason being that I had not expected this cake to turn out so goooood. I mean has it ever happened with you that after experimenting with a recipe that you have created, it has turned out fabulous? in the first try? something that you never expected? Well, this is what happened with me.

I have never made a cake with coffee before, let alone combining it with pistachios and cardamom. When this month's theme came up as NUTS, I initially thought of playing safe and using the regular nuts like walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts perhaps. But then I wanted to try something different, a nut that I haven't baked with before...Pistachios! Perfect! I thought. What should I pair it up with? I wondered. Sometime back, I had read somewhere that Coffee, Pistachios and Cardamom work wonderfully together and I decided to give it a try, though I had already thought of a backup recipe considering if this failed (and I seriously thought it would).


The conclusion? I couldn't believe what I had made. Usually when you combine two more ingredients, one of them overpowers the other(s) both in terms of aroma and flavor. However, while baking this cake my home was filled with the wonderful smell of all the three ingredients, giving me some instant relief. Next, it was turn to check the taste and that's where my husband steps in. Always. I don't know why but I'm scared to have the first bite. Anyway, it was only after gobbling three fat slices, did my husband gave me the feedback - "you need to bake this again next weekend".


All the three flavors, pistachio, coffee and cardamom are perfectly balanced here and you can actually taste each one of them. The texture is very soft though not like a sponge cake. Because ground pistachios are used instead of whole ones, you wouldn't have tunnels in your cake and it becomes so very easy to slice as well. I can see myself making this cake many times in the near future and I really do insist PLEASE TRY THIS AT HOME. You'll never regret it :)


Note:  I've mentioned espresso coffee in the recipe since that's what is usually used in cakes. However, since it's not easily accessible here (even when it is, it's quite pricey), I used 2 tablespoons regular strong coffee powder and added 1 tablespoon hot water to it. Once it was at room temperature, I then added it after the eggs.

Recipe Source: Bakingyummies

Makes one 9 inch bundt cake

Ingredients
350 / 12.5 ounces all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder or see the Note above
85 grams / 3 ounces ground pistachios
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
350 grams / 12.5 ounces unsalted butter, a little cold
375 grams / 13.5 ounces caster or superfine sugar
6 large eggs at room temperature
155 ml (if using espresso powder) or 140 ml (if using liquid coffee) semi skimmed milk at room temperature

Method
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F. Grease and dust a 10 cup(around 2.4 litres) / 9 inches / 23 cms capacity bundt cake.

In a large bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the espresso powder (if using), ground pistachios and cardamom powder. Mix thoroughly with a hand held whisk to distribute all the ingredients.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and on medium-high speed, or using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter for about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and mix until light, pale and fluffy about 3 to 4 minutes.

Reduce the speed to low. Add the eggs one at a time beating until each is incorporated well in the mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as and when required. If you'reusing liquid coffee, add it at this point and mix.

Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the milk and mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 mins to an hour or until a cake tester or a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with a few dry crumbs attached to it.

Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and place it again on the wire rack to cool completely.

Storage Suggestions: The cake can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or frozen for up to a month.


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or ask to join our private Facebook group.

And don't forget to have a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month. Here are the links:

22 comments

  1. I love the little spots of green I can see in the crumb, Deepti! This is a gorgeous cake and I don't know why you are surprised at your own success. It sounds to me like you know what you are doing! I am so glad we were able to form another group and keep you baking with us!

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    1. Thank you Stacy and I really look forward to baking with all of you every month :)

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  2. Cardamom is what got my attention first with this cake. It's a spice that I've started using more often and enjoy it more each time. Pairing it with coffee and pistachio is a great choice and I can see why this cake was such a hit with your husband and why it should be made time and time again.

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    1. I agree with you Renee. Cardamom is quite underestimated by bakers is what I feel. But seriously, once you try it, there's no going back!

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  3. I loved that you used pistachio in your bundt, not something I would have thought of and I love them so much. You made a gorgeous cake!!

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  4. I just love the combination that you came up with, and I'm excited for you that it came out so well. I know exactly the feeling you are talking about. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices, and I'm looking forward to trying your recipe soon.

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    1. Thank you Felice. Do let me know how this cake turned out for you.

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  5. I've never used cardamom before. I'll have to change that. This cake looks so moist.

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    1. I'm sure you'll love it. Yeah the cake is really moist without being wet.

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  6. Deepti...this is a BEAUTIFUL cake. I love cakes which have ground pistachios in them...it's such a unique flavor. And cardamom is one of my favorite secret spices to bake with! The surprise here is the coffee! I so wish I could try a piece of your cake. The texture looks perfect and I bet these flavors together are heavenly! So glad the group stayed together! : )

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    1. Thank you Anne, I'm with you on this, Pistachios really have a wonderful flavor. I so wish we could have a slice of this cake together, I would have got a feedback from an expert baker!

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  7. I surprise myself also. This is an extraordinary cake that you should be very proud of making. I sure could go for a big old slice right now.

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    1. Thank you that's very sweet of you Veronica

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  8. Your cake looks great! I like that combination of pistachios and cardamom and also addition of coffee!

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  9. I love pistachios, cardamom and coffee in baked goods so consider me sold. Pinned!

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  10. Oh wow this looks simply amazing! Many thanks for the share, I am sure the folks home are gonna love the idea of having something like that on Sunday!

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    1. Thank you! I'm very glad you liked the recipe :)

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