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Coffee cardamom cake with date caramel drizzle – Vegan


Have you seen that WatsApp forward where this totally stressed out mom is sitting locked up in the loo staring at her phone while her kids are hard at work demolishing the house? I’m sure many of you are smiling away nodding their heads thinking “Hell yeah! That’s so me!”

Well, I’m guilty of having done that one too many times myself. But, what’s worse is that I forget the phone on the soap stand on the way out and spend the rest of the day shuttling between getting chores done and preventing kids no. 1 & 2 from demolishing the house AND looking for my godforsaken phone in every possible nook and cranny of the house – including the refrigerator (and the freezer), the bin that holds my little one’s soiled diapers, the oven (yes!), the kiddos’ almost-empty toy basket (’coz all the others are scattered on the floor), in between the stack of newspapers that I just stacked up properly, inside the elder one’s black school shoes and in the drawer that holds all the keys in the house(but in which the key that you are looking for is forever missing!


Well, at such times, we need something to get us back to sanity. Digging into that box full of hidden foreign chocolates when the kids are busy fighting in another room is an option. Sneaking into the kitchen after you’ve tucked the kids into bed and stuffing a piece of this oh-so-spongy cake into your mouth and rushing back into the bedroom before either kiddo wakes up is another.

Flavoured with cardamom and strong coffee, this unlikely pairing works quite well and works better with adults than kids. If cardamom and coffee doesn’t work that well with you, skip the cardamm and try any other spice you like – vanilla, for example – and up the amount of walnuts you add. For a cake that’s made with whole wheat flour (I use the humble chakki ka atta) it is wonderfully soft and spongy. Do give this a shot next time you want to quickly whip something up.


Oh, and a word about the caramel syrup drizzled on top – it is not your usual butter-sugar caramel in taste, but is still wonderfully smooth and has pronounced caramel notes that take the cake up another notch. You could also use it to drizzle over other desserts, like ice-cream, puddings, custard or even a bowl of chopped fruit!


Coffee cardamom cake


Wheat flour – 1.5 cups

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Baking soda – ¼ tsp

Oil – ½ cup

Cold water – ½ cup

Coffee decoction – ½ cup (you could take 2 tbsp instant coffee powder in a ½ cup measure and top it up with water)

Vinegar – 2 tsp (I use lemon juice)

Brown sugar – 1 cup

Cardamom powder – 2 tsp

Chopped walnuts – a handful



Preheat oven to 180 deg C

Sieve together flour, baking powder, baking soda

Combine oil, water, coffee decoction, vinegar and sugar and beat till sugar dissolves

Add the dry mix into the wet mix

Fold the batter gently

Pour the batter into a greased 8”x4” loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes

If baking as muffins or mini bundts, pour batter into greased/lined moulds and bake for 20-25 minutes

If baking as mini loaves, bake for 25-30 minutes

(I could bake one 5”x3” mini loaf and 6 mini bundt cakes with this recipe)


Date caramel topping:

Soak a handful of deseeded dates and a handful of cashew nuts in a ¼ cup of water for about 2 hours

Grind to a smooth paste along with a tbsp. of coconut sugar (optional, but it adds a wonderfully caramel flavour)

Add more water as reqd to get the desired consistency

Pour it into a piping bag and decorate loaf/ muffins with zigzag lines

Almost every other day throughout December I’m going to blog about my baking experiments as part of the Bake-a-thon, an event that is run each year by Valli.






There are many wonderful bloggers who participate in this event and you can see all the lovely baked dishes they are preparing here


13 thoughts on “Coffee cardamom cake with date caramel drizzle – Vegan

  1. I am trying to imagine how the whole scene looks like! Happens with my phone as well… it may be right under my nose but I will still be searching it all over the house…. 😀 Like you said, the washroom is the only place where you can sit and check your Whassup messages in a little peace… hehe… This cake has piqued my interest! I have loved baking vegan cakes and this one tells me that I shouldn’t miss baking this really really fast… Pinning it up…

  2. Ah ! The loo is the best place where you get peace with your phone . I don’t have small kids , but definitely a Big Kid ! And even I forget my phone there so many times :))
    And this chocolate treat looks fantastic , I am drooling and bookmarking this to try soon .

  3. Ha ha Nandini,hilarious! Happens, mine still drive me crazy!
    Cake looks absolutely fantastic! Love that dat cashew caramel on top! Perfecto!!!

  4. I am not a coffee or caramel person, but the wholewheat thingy has got me excited 🙂 i shall ping u offline where ALL i leave my phone .. Lol :-))) and that bathroom i-me-myself peaceful time is NEVER peaceful. the house is always on fire when I want to be lost in there (with the phone , of course :p)

  5. That is quite an interesting combination — coffee and cardamom. Cake looks soft and delicious.
    Tell me about looking for phone — I think I spend more time searching for the phone than actually using it 😉

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