Recipe 3 – Cardamom sponge cake with apples

The perfect autumn fika

Cardamom cake with apples

Today it’s time for fika – the Swedish tradition of having something sweet with your coffee (or tea). A good reason to invite some friends over to drink huge amounts of coffee and talk for a few hours. Since it’s autumn and the apples are getting ripe I found it suiting to choose a nicely cardamom spiced sponge cake with apples.

I suspect that the cake was originally intended to be baked in a bread tin, but the cake tin worked fine too. I just had to extend the baking time with a few minutes. The top of the cake should be sprinkled with nib sugar for decoration, but I replaced it with some brown sugar instead since I couldn’t get nib sugar in the supermarket nearby.
Log in the forest
This recipe was created by my father’s aunt Linnea. I never had the chance to try this particular cake at her place, but just as her other creations it’s delicious. That woman sure knew how to cook and bake! It has quite a mild flavor which makes the apples stand out and the texture is a bit different from an ordinary sponge cake since it only contains one egg. It’s like a hybrid between Swedish wheat buns and sponge cake.

I recommend that you try this out yourself during the weekend with a big cup of tea or coffee specialty of choice and let me know what you think.
Grinding cardamom

Cardamom sponge cake with apples

Baking time including preparation: Around 1 hour and 15 minutes
Portions: Around 10-12 slices


  • 6 dl wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
  • 100 g room tempered butter or margarine
  • 2 1/2 dl milk mixed with cream (half full fat milk, half whipping cream)
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • Nib sugar for decoration
  • Butter and breadcrumbs for the baking tin

Apple on cutting board


Turn on your oven at 175°C.

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and cardamom in a bowl.

Add the butter in small knobs to the mix, add the milk-cream and the beaten egg, then quickly mix it all together.

Prepare the baking tin with butter and breadcrumbs. Spread out the dough in it. The dough is quite thick, not your typical light sponge cake batter.
Cardamom cake preparation
Push down apple slices closely together, add a few knobs of butter and some nib sugar for decoration.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Serve the cake still slightly warm with a bit of whipped cream on the side.
Cardamom cake with apples served
Here is the original recipe:
Originalrecept kardemummakaka med äpplen

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