Orange Cardamom Cake

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Orange Cardamom Cake with vanilla bean cardamom icing

Arriving just in time for all the holiday baking!

And it just happens to be the easiest cake you will ever make in your life!

Why not try something new this year?

After all orange and cardamom are exotic partners not to mention it doesn’t get any easier than this!

Light and fluffy orange cake batter that is ready in less than five minutes!

Well you still have to bake it! LOL But the batter itself is ready in less than five minutes!

Simply throw all the ingredients into a food processor ~ orange skins and all!

While the cake layers are baking the orange cardamom icing gets whipped up!

A beautiful rustic decor of dried orange slices and fresh rosemary sprigs make this one festive holiday cake!

Candied Cranberries for garnish are optional but they are a staple in my house all winter long since they store really well in the freezer

Pan Sizes and Baking Times

You can of course bake this cake batter into any size pan(s) you prefer

Even cupcakes would be amazing with this recipe!

Rule of thumb for changing pan sizes for any recipe is to fill the pans just a handful more than half way full to give the batter ample room to rise properly

This recipe will make 2 thick 8″ cake layers or 3- 7 ” layers

24 Cupcakes, 1- 9″ x 13″ layer, 4- 6″ layers, 1 Large Loaf pan (10″ x 5″ x 4″)  or 1 – 12 cup capacity bundt pan

Notes for Success:

Smaller oranges like navels or clementines are the best oranges to use for this recipe ssince the skin is much thinner with bright citrus and floral notes

The recipe below calls for 10 ounces of total orange weight which is approximately 4-5 small clementines

Be sure to wash the orange skin thoroughly and pull out the hard stem

Also cut them open to remove any seeds before adding to the food processor

You will notice I use a combination of cake flour and all purpose flour

If you cannot get cake flour you can use all ~ all purpose (plain) flour instead but reduce the amount by 3 Tablespoons


All About Buttercream!

I have several recipes for buttercream here on my website CLICK HERE FOR CHOOSING THE BEST BUTTERCREAM RECIPE

For me the American Style Buttercream is my go-to recipe since it is really easy and tasty too!

It takes on flavors really well and can stand up without shortening for a super stable icing!



While I am not an avid gluten free baker, this recipe will work great with a 1:1 GF blend like Bob’s Red Mill in the total amount listed for both flours


For more awesome and easy recipes click the links below!

Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake

Pineapple Crush Cake

Orange Cardamom Cake
Prep time
2 hours
Bake time
35 mins
Total time
2 hours 35 mins
The recipe below makes 2 – thick 8″ layers
Serves: serves 15ppl

For the Orange Cake Batter Plant Milk 1½ cup (350ml) * I use soy milk 4-5 small clementine oranges= total weight of orange with skin on is 10oz **total volume measure of pureed orange with the skin on is a scant 1 cup Vanilla Extract 3 teaspoons (15ml) Cake Flour 2 cup (240g) All Purpose Flour 1 ¾ cup (218g) Egg Replacer * I am using Bob’s Red Mill 3 teaspoons Granulated Sugar 1½ cups (300g) Baking Powder 6 teaspoons Salt 1½ teaspoons Ground Cardamom 2 teaspoons Vegan Butter Melted or Vegetable Oil 18 Tablespoons (270ml) For the Cardamom Icing: Vegan Butter 3 Cups (6 sticks) (672g) Confectioners Sugar 6 cups (720g) Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons Butter Extract 1 teaspoon Salt ¼ teaspoon Ground Cardamom 3 teaspoons Orange Zest from 1 large navel orange (approximately 2 teaspoons) Candied Cranberries optional, click here for recipe Dried Orange Slices for garnish Rosemary Sprigs for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350°F First wash the oranges in their skins very well with warm water Next pull of the hard stem of the orange (if there are any) and check the oranges inside for seeds by slicing them in half and remove seeds if there are any. The skins stay on the orange, so leave that intact. Place all of the cake ingredients including the oranges into a food processor and processor until smooth batter (about 1 minute) Pour batter evenly between the 2 greased and parchment lined 8″ cake pans Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 15 minutes then I like to turn the oven temperature down to 300°F for another 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Next prepare the orange cardamom icing: Whip the vegan butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy on medium to high speed for about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure it is evenly mixed and add the salt and the cardamom, orange zest and the butter and vanilla extracts Turn the mixer speed down to low and add the sifted confectioners sugar a cup at a time Mix on low speed until all is incorporated , then scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix on high speed for another 3 minutes. Once the cakes are cooled (I like to put mine in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight wrapped well) before building the cake to make sure it is nice & cold) Ice the cake as shown in the video tutorial and decorate with candied cranberries, dried orange slices and rosemary sprigs

Orange Cardamom Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, for longer storage refrigerate for up to 1 week



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