Healthy Cardamom Tea Cake

It has been a month since we moved back to India. There are hundreds of things I will miss about our life back in the US, but it's wonderful to be home and meet up with family and friends. Most of all I love to see Anushka playing with and getting pampered by her grandparents. We are undecided as to where we will be settling and I've been shuttling between by in-laws and parents homes and living out of suitcases and it still feels like a vacation.
As far as blogging goes though, I'm in a rut and it took a lot of self-motivation to write up this post. I miss my boards and all the props that I had to leave behind and of course the huge oven in our apartment. Although I haven't cooked anything new in a while I have been baking quiet a lot and am finally getting used to the old O.T.G at my mom's place.

This cake, adapted from Cook Republic is the first one I baked since coming here. I love the simple ingredients and the one bowl mixing method. The batter was ready in no time and while the cake bakes, the house smells heavenly because of the cardamom. It was impossible to wait until the cake cooled and we sliced it minutes after it was out of the oven. It had just the right amount of sweetness, great texture and amazing flavor, we loved it.

Healthy Cardamom Teacake

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of salt
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup rice bran oil
1/2 cup milk
icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F / 180C. Liberally grease an 8" round pan and dust with flour.
Sift together flours, cardamom, cinnamom and salt.
Stir in sugar. Whisk together the eggs, oil and milk until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool, dust with icing sugar, if using and serve.


  1. this is a lovely flavored cake... looks so soft...

  2. Nice simple cake..I also like one bowl mixing and pouring cake kind of cake..will try it out..

  3. I can imagine how heavenly your house would have smelled when this cake was baking.....such a beautiful cake....

  4. Wonderfully made cake.. looks awesome!!

  5. Poornima, welcome back. Definitely missed your posts, but nice to atleast see u on fb now n then :-) I absolutely love such simple cakes and I bet the home smelled heavenly.
    You are worried abt having left behind all ur props, I'm bored here, coz I have NO props, just keep using the same plates/spoons/napkins and my dining table is my board all the time...Mayb i shud invest a bit on props even though I may have to leave them all behind someday!
    Have fun with ur folks and hope u get settled soon n get back to blogging as time permits :-)

  6. Beautiful tea time cake, love to have few slices.

  7. Looks lovely and delicious! I love this type of cakes. :-)
    Cheers from Spain.

  8. Hi,

    First time on your space. Loved the crumbly texture of the cake. I am going to try and make it eggless. I lve cardamom a lot!


    1. I love cardamom too and do let me know how the eggfree cake turns out, would love to try it too.

  9. Beautiful cake and I love the use of rice bran oil here. Healthy :)

  10. such a delicious cake with my fav flavors.. i love cardamom in it... looks very appetizing


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