Step 2: For the Cake

Strawberry Cardamom Layer Cake

For the cake:
1/2 c. Strawberry purée 
1 1/2 c. All-purpose flour
1 t. Baking powder
1 t. Ground cardamom
1/4 t. Salt
1/2 c. Butter
1 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Milk
1 t. Vanilla extract
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. Set aside.

In a medium bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat butter until light and pale. Add in sugar and continue beating on medium speed. Add milk, vanilla and eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated. Mixture will be lumpy.

Add in flour mixture a little at a time and continue beating until all flour mixture has been added.

Add in strawberry puree and mix until incorporated and batter is smooth.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 16-18 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto wire rack to complete cooling.
I just made this , it's one of best cakes I've ever made or tasted (:
Ooh! Isn't it great??!! I'm so glad you tried it. It is one of my favorites!
Wold, I'm tinkering with a strawberry recipe and the inclusion of cardamom is really tempting. Can you tell me how it enhanced this cake and to what degree?
So, how do I explain cardamom? Citrusy, spicy (similar to ginger) and sweet all in one. I believe it was traditionally used in savory recipes and slowly migrated to sweet recipes. It ads a uniqueness that you wouldn't necessarily be able to pinpoint if you didn't know what it was - in a dessert or dish. I really enjoy the flavor and in my opinion it ads that 'wow' factor that I am always looking for! <br> <br>I would suggest if you don't want the cardamom to be overpowering use ground cardamom which has lost some of its potency. If you grind your own pods the flavor will be much more enhanced so as a first-timer you night want to cut down on the amount in the recipe. <br> <br>You are an adventurous cook - I think you will like it! Let me know how it turns out and I hope this helped a little!
Thanks for your advice! I'm going to try it... and I'll let you know when I publish. ;-)
The taste of strawberry is very good.
I agree, especially when they are fresh.
this is great
yum. this is going on my &quot;to bake&quot; list.
Gorgeous - sounds like an amazing combination!
That is beautiful and delicious looking! What a wonderful cake :)

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