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Swedish Cardamom Cake (Kardemummakaka)

A simple, most bundt cake bursting with cardamom flavor.
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Course: Cake, Dessert, Fika
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavain, Swedish
Keyword: cardamom cake recipe, homemade bundt cake, simple cake recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Kristi


  • 10 cup capacity bundt pan


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 18 tablespoons 2 ¼ sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk room temperature
  • Powdered sugar for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-cup capacity bundt pan OR spray the interior or the pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine buttermilk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine butter and granulated sugar in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and egg yolk one at a time, allowing each one to fully incorporate into the batter before adding the next.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add one third of the flour mixture, followed by one half of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat, finishing with the flour mixture (do not over mix). Transfer the batter to the prepared bundt pan and smooth out the top with a rubber spatula. Tap the pan on the counter a few tims to eliminate any air bubbles. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Lay a wire cooling rack over the top of the pan and invert the cake onto the rack. Remove the pan, leaving the cake behind. Cool the cake to room temperature and dust with powdered sugar before serving.


Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.


Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg