Cardamom is that elusively fragrant spice associated with Scandinavian and Indian cooking. It's especially good with apples. This rich, moist apple cake doesn't need icing. Simply dust with icing sugar and serve it in wedges for afternoon tea, snacks, a coffee party or brunch.
- Portion size 12 servings
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cups melted butter cooled
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped pecan
- 1 cup chopped unblanched almond
- 4 cups peeled, cored, chopped apples
- 3 tablespoons icing sugar
Grease 10-inch (4 L) angel food cake pan or similar pan and dust lightly with flour.
In large mixing bowl, blend together sugars; beat in butter, eggs and vanilla to make smooth batter.
Sift together flour, soda, spices and salt. Measure out about 1/4 cup (50 mL) and dust nuts. Mix sifted dry ingredients into butter batter; quickly stir in floured nuts and apples. Transfer to prepared pan.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 50 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre of cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan on rack. If possible, store for 1 day in airtight container before cutting.
To serve, remove from pan and, positioning patterned cardboard (or paper lace doily) over top of cake, sieve icing sugar onto cake. Remove cardboard.