Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Cardamom Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

Cardamom Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream, Spice Cake, Eggnog Cake, Christmas Cake, Cake Decorating, Cake Photography, Winter Desserts, Christmas Desserts, Christmas Cake RecipesThis cake has been on my mind for quite a while, but with my weekly pie project the last few weeks, I haven't been baking as many cakes lately.  But I really wanted to post this recipe in plenty of time before Christmas, and I had bought eggnog specifically for using in the buttercream (and to drink, too, of course), so I dropped my other baking projects and set about mixing up cake batter and buttercream.

Cardamom is a spice that I think is a bit overlooked this time of year, with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, and sometimes allspice, taking center stage in our fall and winter baking.  But it's a really wonderful, warm fragrant spice that is so good in both sweet and savory dishes.  It's used in curry dishes, Chai tea spices and in Scandinavian breads and pastries.  In fact, one of the countries that uses the most cardamom is Sweden, where they use the spice to season everything from meatloaf to baked goods.  The next time I make meatloaf, I'm going to try adding a pinch of cardamom.