Cardamom Coffee Cakes Recipe - Delicious Breakfast Treat

Cardamom Coffee Cakes

Cardamom Coffee Cakes Recipe - Delicious Breakfast Treat
Preparation time: 2 hours | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Cardamom Coffee Cakes
Cardamom Coffee Cakes

Cardamom coffee cakes are a delicious and aromatic treat that are perfect for breakfast or as a snack with a cup of coffee. These sweet and fluffy cakes are flavored with cardamom, a warm and slightly citrusy spice that adds a unique and exotic flavor to the cakes.


The origins of cardamom coffee cakes can be traced back to Scandinavian countries, where cardamom is a popular spice used in baking. These cakes are often enjoyed during special occasions and holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, as well as for everyday indulgence.



How to prepare

  1. Scald the milk and let it cool to lukewarm.
  2. Crumble the yeast into a bowl, add 1 tsp of sugar and lukewarm milk.
  3. Beat in 3 cups of flour until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Cover the bowl well and let the mixture rise until it becomes light and doubles in size, which should take around 1 to 1.5 hours.
  5. Add the soft butter, remaining sugar, salt, egg yolks, cardamom, and 3 cups of flour.
  6. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  7. Place the remaining 0.25 cup of flour on a board or pastry cloth for kneading.
  8. Turn out the dough onto the board and knead it until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  9. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it well.
  10. Set it aside to rise until it doubles in size, which should take around 1 to 1.5 hours.
  11. Cut the risen dough in half to make two coffee cakes (braids).
  12. Cut each half into 3 pieces.
  13. Roll each piece into a 16-inch long roll.
  14. Pinch 3 rolls together at one end, braid them, and pinch the other ends together.
  15. Place each braid on a cookie sheet.
  16. Make a second braid and place it on another cookie sheet.
  17. Let the braids rise until they double in size, which should take about 45 minutes.
  18. For the topping, brush each braid with 1 tbsp of milk and sprinkle them with 3 tbsp of sugar.
  19. Bake the braids in a moderate oven at 375°F (191°C) for 25 to 30 minutes.


  • Add chopped nuts or dried fruits to the dough for added texture and flavor.
  • Drizzle the baked cakes with a simple glaze made with powdered sugar and milk for a sweet finish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to scald the milk and let it cool to lukewarm before adding it to the yeast mixture.

- Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic for the best texture.

- Brushing the braids with milk and sprinkling them with sugar before baking adds a sweet and crunchy topping to the cakes.

Serving Suggestions

Serve cardamom coffee cakes warm with a cup of coffee or tea for a delightful breakfast or snack.

Cooking Techniques

Scalding the milk helps to deactivate enzymes that can interfere with the yeast's ability to rise.

- Kneading the dough helps to develop gluten, which gives the cakes their fluffy texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use instant yeast instead of cake yeast, but adjust the amount accordingly.

- If you don't have cardamom, you can substitute with cinnamon or nutmeg for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough for the cardamom coffee cakes ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the cardamom coffee cakes on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar for a simple and elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair cardamom coffee cakes with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a cozy and comforting treat.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover cardamom coffee cakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of cardamom coffee cakes contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of cardamom coffee cakes contains approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of cardamom coffee cakes contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of cardamom coffee cakes contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Cardamom coffee cakes are a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6.


Cardamom coffee cakes contain dairy (milk, butter, egg yolks) and wheat (flour).


Cardamom coffee cakes are a delicious treat that are moderately high in carbohydrates and fats, but also provide essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, and vitamin B6.


Cardamom coffee cakes are a delightful and aromatic treat that are perfect for breakfast or as a snack. With a fluffy texture and a sweet and spicy flavor, these cakes are sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was tucked away in an old cookbook that belonged to my great-grandmother, passed down through the generations. The pages were yellowed and frayed, but the words were still clear and legible. As I read through the ingredients and instructions, my mouth began to water. Cardamom Coffee Cakes. The name alone was enough to pique my interest.

I had always loved baking, ever since I was a little girl watching my own grandmother in the kitchen. She was a master baker, creating delicious treats that seemed to magically appear out of thin air. I would sit at the kitchen table, my eyes wide with wonder as she mixed and measured, her hands moving with practiced ease. I longed to be just like her, to create beautiful and delicious baked goods that would bring joy to those around me.

As I read through the recipe for Cardamom Coffee Cakes, I knew that this was a challenge I was willing to take on. The ingredients were simple enough - flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and of course, cardamom. But it was the method that intrigued me. The dough had to be kneaded and rolled out, then cut into circles and filled with a sweet cardamom-scented filling. It seemed like a labor of love, a test of my baking skills.

I set to work, gathering all the ingredients and laying them out on the kitchen counter. I could feel my grandmother's presence beside me, guiding my hands and whispering words of encouragement. As I mixed the dough and rolled it out, I could almost hear her voice telling me to be patient, to take my time and let the dough rise properly.

When the first batch of Cardamom Coffee Cakes came out of the oven, the smell that filled the kitchen was heavenly. The warm, spicy scent of cardamom mixed with the rich aroma of freshly baked bread. I couldn't wait to taste them, to see if they lived up to my expectations.

I took a bite and closed my eyes, savoring the flavors that danced on my tongue. The cardamom was bold and fragrant, perfectly complementing the sweetness of the filling. The dough was light and fluffy, with just the right amount of crunch on the edges. As I finished the last bite, I knew that I had found a new favorite recipe.

I made batch after batch of Cardamom Coffee Cakes, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my own tastes. Each time I baked them, I could feel my great-grandmother smiling down on me, proud of the baker I had become. I shared the cakes with friends and family, watching their faces light up with delight as they took their first bite.

Years passed, and I continued to bake Cardamom Coffee Cakes whenever I needed a pick-me-up or wanted to impress guests. The recipe became a staple in my collection, a reminder of the strong women who had come before me and passed down their love of baking through the generations.

And now, as I sit here writing this story, I can't help but feel grateful for the gift of that old cookbook and the recipe for Cardamom Coffee Cakes that it held within its pages. It's a reminder of where I come from, of the traditions and skills that have been passed down through my family for years. And as long as I have a kitchen and a willing audience, I will continue to bake these delicious cakes, sharing a piece of my heritage with each and every bite.


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