Orange Cardamom Bundt Cake

Happy National Bundt Cake Day!!!  What?  You didn’t know about it?  Well obviously you have not been following The Food Librarian as she’s made her way thru 30 days of bundt cakes leading up to this momentous day!  I had a lot of fun following her journey… and I give her mad props for baking 30 different bundt cakes in the past month.  You go girl :)  Her perseverance inspired me to plan on baking a bundt cake ON National Bundt Cake Day (Nov 15) in tribute to her efforts!  She made quite a variety of different bundt’s and each of them sounded absolutely delicious.  This made it terribly hard to decide on which one I would make.  Maybe it should be chocolate (DH and the kids love chocolate).  Maybe it should be fruity (you know I love lemon!!).  Maybe it should be seasonal (it IS November  so perhaps pumpkin).  I pondered her list trying to decide when over and over it seemed one intrigued me more than the others… the Cardamom Vanilla bundt.  Being a Daring Baker I fell in love with the spice cardamom way back when we made a danish braid… and especially when it is paired with the flavor orange.  Not sure why but it’s a combination that just does it for me!  So for today… in honor of National Bundt Cake day… I present the Orange Cardamom Bundt!

The cake has a delicate balance of flavors where the orange, cardamom and vanilla meld together beautifully; none overpowers the others.  If you love cardamom, feel free to add a tad bit more and if you’re not sure about it, add a tad bit less.  After baking I decided to brush the cake with a bit of orange juice and granulated sugar that I warmed slightly.   For a glaze I mixed orange juice and powdered sugar to the consistency I wanted so that I could drizzle it.  I didn’t include this as a part of the recipe since they’re totally optional and a matter of personal preference.  I happen to like the look of a drizzled-glaze… others prefer a dusting of powdered sugar.

Happy National Bundt Cake Day!!!

Orange Cardamom Bundt Cake

adapted from Epicurious


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup whole milk


Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter a 12-14 cup bundt pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess.

Whisk together flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine the butter and granulated sugar, scraping side of bowl occasionally, until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla bean paste and beat until combined well, about 1 minute.   Add the orange extract and beat until combined well, about 1 minute.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then add in the orange juice until combined well. At low speed, add flour mixture and milk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top. Gently rap pan on counter to eliminate air bubbles.

Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan 1 hour, then invert onto a rack and cool completely, about 1 hour more.

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30 Responses to "Orange Cardamom Bundt Cake"

  1. Memoria says:

    What a lovely, refreshing cake! Happy Bundt Day! :D

  2. Amanda says:

    That looks incredible! I’ve seen so many bundts today it’s amazing :) I celebrated by buying a new bundt pan today, mine was ready for the trash heap. Can’t wait to make something in it!

  3. Wow! What an absolutely lovely Bundt. I adore the drizzle! Thank you so much for baking along with me and following my crazy project! :) I’m going to try to put together a round up of Bundts later this week. Happy Bundt Day!! – mary the food librarian

  4. Jules says:

    That sounds so amazing! Holy smokes I need to go make that!

  5. MollyCookie says:

    I didn’t know it was national bundt cake day, but today was my birthday and I got a bundt pan from a friend, so I think that’s pretty cool!

  6. Hi!! I’ve heard of Cardamom for a looooong time but never seen one. Are they available in Asia? Hahaha. Anyway, that’s a gorgeous bundt cake. Yum!!

  7. Katie says:

    It looks wonderful and I love the flavours you used. Fab

  8. Steph says:

    that looks so good with the glaze drizzling down.

  9. ingrid says:

    Just a few months ago I feel in love with cardamom. It’s such a lovely spice. I hadn’t thought to add citrus along with it but will be trying it now. Thanks!

    Btw, I love your big bundt! :)

  10. soumya says:

    The cake looks awesome…wonderful ingredients…would love to try sometime.gr8 click too.

  11. I think it’s amazing that Mary the Food Librarian was able to make 30 bundts in 30 days! They were all so perfect, and all of the recipes looked great!I definitely would not have been able to keep it up!

    I made a Cranberry Spice Bundt for the holiday yesterday–it really helped to gear up for Thanksgiving!

  12. Jim-49 says:

    “You really know how to floor a guy”,to open an e-mail like this,without a large glass of milk or a cup of fresh coffee!! Boy,thats so pretty,and I’m sure tastes so good!! I will have to try it for sure.Love the site and recipes!!!

  13. Eva says:

    That flavor combination sounds wonderful. I’m not sure there is enough orange in there for me. I think I’d add orange zest and possibly replace some of the milk with orange juice.

  14. Candy says:

    Your cake is beautiful! I have recently discovered cardomom and find any excuse for using it.

  15. Yum… what a beautiful cake! The cardamum sounds wonderful.

  16. Monica H says:

    What a gorgeous bundt!

  17. Maybe says:

    I love the glaze on your cake ! How can I replace cardamom ?

  18. Jackie says:


    How did you make the glaze.

  19. Hannah says:

    Mmmm, I just bought some cardamom and have been looking for some recipes to use it in! I think I’ll try this!

  20. Katie says:

    This sounds and looks divine! I love cardomom but don’t bake with it enough. this sounds wonderfully festive.

  21. Beverley O. says:

    This reminds me of growing up in Germany! ICH LIEBE BUNDTKUCHEN!!
    Very tasty.
    Thank you for all your tasty tips, I will be sure to use some of your recipes this CHRISTMAS

  22. Katie Agren says:

    Love the blog! Everything looks so delicious. I’ve been checking back and I hope you’ll post more soon.

  23. Natalie says:

    Mmmm wow thi slooks so amazingly good, I realy wanna try making a bundt cake ive never made one before!

  24. TB says:

    come back! we miss your blogposts!

  25. sherry says:

    looks good! I will add cardaman next time…but was looking for a good drizzle glaze recipe…please post!


    • Em says:

      There’s really no “recipe” for the glaze. As stated in the post For a glaze I mixed orange juice and powdered sugar to the consistency I wanted so that I could drizzle it. Hope that helps!

  26. sherry says:

    Please post the recipe for the glaze. I love cardamom! If you like cardamom check out the Indian carrot pudding recipe…yummy…called halva.


    • Em says:

      There’s really not a “recipe”… as stated in the post For a glaze I mixed orange juice and powdered sugar to the consistency I wanted so that I could drizzle it. hope that helps!

  27. Karla says:

    I love this! Cardamom is so underused in the US! But it’s so delicious!

  28. Stacie says:

    I made this today and it was great! I do not have vanilla bean paste, but I used 2 tsp. of vanilla instead. Mine only needed to bake for about 15 min. For the glaze I combined one c. orange juice and one c. sugar and boiled them on the stove for ten minutes, let cool, then glazed. So yummy!

    Thank you!

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