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.
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?