Coffee-Iced Cardamom Cake: Random Recipe 12

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

On a sleepless night at around 2am, some time at the end of December, I bought myself a late Christmas present on my Kindle. It was The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. It's not a cookery book as such, more a collection of ideas for ingredients that go together, with a few recipes scattered in the text, throughout. The author suggests, amongst other things, that we try goat's cheese with chocolate, ginger with coffee and make Rice Krispie cakes with chilli flakes (she calls them Krakatoa cakes). The odd recipe is mentioned, and so, sticking to the rules of this month's Random Recipe challenge (your newest cookery book) this is the book that I used.

I don't know if it's easier or more difficult to pick a random recipe on a Kindle; you don't have pages to flick through as such, but at least the pictures don't tempt you along the way. Bit more cold and clinical, tapping the clicky little button. 

Anyway, I picked a random location and looked for the nearest recipe. It was one for Coffee-iced Cardamom Cake. I was relieved: after a random creamed cabbage recipe and some rather 1990s-style pork kebabs, I was really looking forward to this one. I scanned through and realised I had all the ingredients I needed. So, with a clutter of bowls and spoons I set to work.

The cardamom was fragrant and aromatic and I was relieved that, once in the oven, it didn't smell like curry. It just smelled like an eggy, slightly citrussy vanilla cake.

The coffee icing was poured and drizzled over and I couldn't wait for it to set, to cut into it with a crackling of icing, and see what it would taste like.
With the seeds from 12 cardamom pods, it does taste strongly of the stuff, which is lucky as I love it. And the roasted flavour of the coffee worked brilliantly with the heady, spiced-citrus of the cardamom. It tasted and looked elegant; the kind of cake you'd be served in dainty little wedges at a posh tea party.
If you're looking for some inspiration for different food pairings, and if you can get your hands on this book, do. I'm not even half way through and it's giving me lots of ideas already. Now. Krakatoa cake, anyone?


  1. I grabbed a copy of this book from the library just before Christmas- it was really inspiring and interesting! And this sounds a delicious recipe- great entry!

  2. I have that book and was leafing through it the other day, but I must have missed Krakatoa cakes! This looks great, I can also smell the spices. PS there aren't any pictures in this book so you are not missing anything ;)

  3. wow... the book sounds fascinating and a little like the book i'm picking from this month too!... and as for that cake, it really looks wonderful but then i'm a sucker for anything coffee!... thanks for taking part this month and Happy New Year!

  4. Oh wow, all that icing on the top looks GOOD!!! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up.

  5. Thanks everyone -
    Kate - Now I have this book I keep going back and re-reading bits of it for ideas on what to cook, it really is inspiring, glad you find so too.

    Janice - Ah good, glad to know I'm not missing out! :)

    Dom - The coffee icing was really rich, we loved it. And my husband doesn't much like cardamom but loved this cake, the two flavours work really well together. Love the Random Recipe Challenges, will try and contribute more from now on.

    Lisa - I missed your linky, but thanks for the link to your blog, will come by and have a look later!

  6. Yum - this looks delicious. I have that book too, and it is fascinating!

  7. a-m-a-z-i-n-g, I would eat the whole thing in one go

  8. This looks delicious and I love cardamom. I was given this book at the end of last year by one of the Glam Teens. I haven't really explored it yet, but now you've persuaded me to take a really good look. GG

  9. This looks fab, I must look out for that book at the library!


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