If the world is coming to an end and I have to choose things to take with me, then my first choice would be this Orange Cardamom Loaf Cake. Call me crazy, call me foodie but guys, when you have this I am sure you would say the same thing.
Honestly, when I thought of making a loaf of Cake with Oranges? I was like - "Are you serious?" I thought that if there can be banana bread then why can't there be Orange bread? And, then I moved on to bake this beauty.
Well, the fact that you are here reading this blog tells me that you have a taste palate that is ready to explore the citrusy world of Orange. Well, I might have something more than this for you. Yes! my friend. Check out this exotic Orange Cardamom Roll Recipe or these Orange Pomegranate Muffins or this Orange White Chocolate Brownies or this Dark Chocolaty Orange Mocha Cake or these Delicious Orange Bars or this Dark Chocolate Chunk Orange Cookies recipe
Not in a mood for cookies or roll right now. No worries! Let's just focus on this Orange Loaf Cake today. You can bookmark the other two for some other day.
I have a genuine love for Oranges and cardamom. Cardamom has that typical earthy fragrance which elevates the quality of your recipe. It takes it to a whole new level of sophistication. Moreover, it pairs really well with Oranges.
So, Let's Make Orange Cardamom Loaf Cake today
You will need your regular baking ingredients such as-
- Brown Sugar
- Egg or Yogurt + Plain Vinegar
- Orange Essence
- Orange Juice
- Orange Zest
- Condensed Milk
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
Got your ingredients. Now, let's get baking!
First, we'll mix Oil and Sugar. In case you are using butter then no need to use oil. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This is the basic step of any baking. Whether you are making a cookie or a cupcake this step is something that you just cannot mix.
Into that, we'll add the egg. If you are not interested in using eggs then you can use yogurt and plain vinegar. Mix well for about a minute. I am not a fan of eggs. Therefore in most of my recipes, I use a combination of Yogurt and some plain vinegar. And, it turns out just fine. I really don't think that you shouldn't make this just because you haven't got eggs at home. In case you are using the combination of yogurt and vinegar for the first time, don't be scared. I am here with you. In fact, I have done the same thing. Hold my hand, let's walk together. We'll have an excellent Orange Cardamom loaf Cake at the end.
Now's the time when we get our Orange Juice and Orange Essence. In case you haven't got Orange essence at home, you can just leave that. It won't make much of a difference. As you add Orange juice you create a blissful element in your recipe that is going to make your Cake loaf turn out excellent. Now, add the Condensed Milk. So, that was all of our wet ingredients. Once we are done with our wet ingredients we will move on to create our dry ingredients.
So, for that, we add some All-Purpose Flour into our batter. Then we add our baking twins - baking soda and baking powder. And, we throw in some Orange zest. Now grab few cardamom pods. Not much. Maybe just 2-3. Split them open and add the fragrant seeds in your batter. You can leave out the covers.
Can you smell that citrusy deliciousness? Take a moment to close your eyes and feel all that Orange-y cardamom-y goodness. Feel your recipe. Feel each ingredient. Imagine how Orange juice must be playing out with cardamom in the batter. Imagine how AP Flour is holding everything together. Taste your batter. Does everything taste ok? Do you think you need more Orang-y flavor? Then go ahead and add one more cup of Orange juice. If it tastes too bitter then add some Brown sugar and stir it into the batter. Don't worry! Every little effort will count at the end.
Now take a baking loaf tin and grease it with some oil or cooking spray. Line it with a parchment paper so that it is easier for you to take it out. Now, pour your batter into the loaf tin and spread it out with a spoon. Tap it on your kitchen table so that all the air-bubbles go down.
At last, you can top it off with some more Orange Zest or some Orange slices or some dried cranberries or you can just leave it like that.
Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C and bake it for 40-minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
After your cake is baked. Let it cool down before you cut it out. Give it about an hour to get set. Leave it alone for an hour and let it get ready for you. After an hour you can cut it out and enjoy every bit of that deliciousness.
Does it Taste Bitter?
No, absolutely not. If you are tasting your batter before you put it to bake then it cannot taste bitter. In case it does, you can add some brown sugar and mix it in.
What Should be the Consistency of the Batter?
The Batter should be lumpy. It should be sort of liquidy. If its too dry then you have gone low on the liquid agents like oil or Orange juice. You can add some Orange juice at this moment. Or if you are worried that too much orange juice will make it bitter then add some oil.
How Long Should I Bake?
Baking the cake depends on your loaf tin. I have used a 5" rectangular non-stick metallic loaf tin. So, it took me exactly 40-minutes. But I was checking it 5-minutes before the given time. If you are using a ceramic tin then your time will be different. So, depending on your utensil you have to give it your time.
OTHER ORANGE RECIPES YOU CAN TRY:
- Orange Cranberry Muffins
- Homemade Brown Sugar Orange Pop Tarts
- Refreshing Pomegranate Orange Salad
- Feel-Good Apple Orange Salad with Walnuts and Mint
Orange Cardamom Loaf Cake
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil/Butter
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ tablespoon Orange Essence
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
- ½ teaspoon Vinegar plain
- 1 tablespoon Yogurt
- 3 Pods Cardamom
- 1 tablespoon Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 Cup AP Flour
- Pre-heat oven to 350F or 180C and grease a non-stick metallic baking loaf tin (5" rectangular) with cooking spray. Line it with a parchment paper.
- Cream Butter /oil and Brown Sugar until light and fluffy. Add Egg or (Yogurt and Vinegar) along with Orange Juice, Sweetened Condensed Milk, and Orange Essence. Mix well.
- Add AP Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Orange Zest, and Cardamom Pods. Mix well.
- Pour the batter in a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Bake at 180C or 350F for 40-minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
- If you feel you need more Orange flavor, just add some more Orange juice in your batter.
- Check your loaf tin. If its a non-stick metallic one like mine then you need to bake for about 35-40 minutes. But for ceramic pan the time will be different. Check after 30-minutes with a toothpick inserted at the center. If it comes out clean then it is done.