This month for the Cake Slice Bakers I baked a Scandinavian Cardamon Coffee Cake. I had never cooked or baked with cardamon and was a little unsure of what exactly or where to find it. Cardamon is a spice, and it comes in two forms - whole pods and ground. It's similar in taste to ginger. For this recipe you'll want to use ground cardamon. Now if you live in a small town like I do, you may have a little trouble finding cardamon. I ended up stopping at a bigger grocery story while we were driving somewhere. You can also substitute other spice cake type spices like ginger and cinnamon in this cake. The cake itself is topped with a chocolate ganache. I made my chocolate ganache with bittersweet chocolate.
The recipe was easy to follow and produced a lovely coffee cake. I thought the flavor of the cardamon would be a little strong for my children, but they all loved it. I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe, and now that I know where I can find cardamon will definitely be making it again.