March 20, 2021

Cardamom Crumb Cake ~ #TheCakeSliceBakers

This buttery crumb cake is a twist on the classic New-York style crumb cake, with the 
addition of cardamom, which gives it a lovely hint of warmth in the topping and the cake.

The Cake Slice Bakers are baking through Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd in 2021. This is our third month of baking through this book, which focuses on recipes for smaller cakes. This book is proving to be very popular in our group because most of the ingredients for the cakes are easily accessible and since the cakes are typically smaller there is little waste.

We are are a group of dedicated bakers who all love cake. Each year we choose a new cake-centric cookbook and bake our way through it. Every month we are given 3 choices and on the 20th day of each month we reveal what we have chosen on our blogs. This month's choices were Crumb Cake, Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting, and Jam Cake.  There was really only one choice for me given that I am All That's Left Are The Crumbs and that is the Crumb Cake.

Don't let anyone ever tell you that cake is not for breakfast, and if they disagree prove it to them by making them this cake. Not only is it quick and easy to put together, and could be adapted in so many ways with different spices and the addition of fruit and it would be a wonderful addition to your next brunch. I am a big fan of cardamom which is sometimes called the Queen of Spices. I just love its unique and complex flavor that hints at pine, citrus, eucalyptus, mint, and pepper and it worked perfectly in this this cake. 

Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake

Topping ~
  • 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 215g (1 cup) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 115g (½ cup) butter, melted
Cake ~
  • 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 95g (7 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 100g (½ cup) granulated sugar
  • 105g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 115ml (½ cup) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ (350℉).
  2. Spray an (8-inch) square baking pan with baking spray.
Topping ~
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, vanilla, brown sugar, and cardamom.
  2. Pour the melted butter over the flour mixture, and fluff to form coarse crumbs; set aside.
Cake ~ 
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cardamom.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the beater blade attached, add the butter and beat on medium-high speed until creamy.
  3. Add the sugars and beat until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until smooth.
  5. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low, and add the flour mixture and buttermilk a little at a time, beginning and ending with the flour, and beating just until combined.
  6. Add the vanilla and beat for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Using your fingers, crumble the topping over the batter, covering it completely, then gently pat the crumbs.
  9. Bake the cake for 35 minutes or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
  10. Place the pan on a wire rack, and let the cake cool completely.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for March 2021 were ~ 

Crumb Cake

Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Jam Cake


  1. Cardamom is our all-time favorite spice. I will have to try this for breakfast. Maybe tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love how yours came out and the cardamom is a nice addition.

  3. Cake is definitely for breakfast!

  4. I love that crumb topping - it adds such a fun texture to this cake (and I'm such a sucker for crumb toppings)! The flavors in this one sound wonderful!

  5. I'm sure the addition of cardamom was lovely in this cake.


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