cardamom crumb cake

If you top cake with buttery sugary crumbs instead of buttery sugary frosting, suddenly it’s breakfast! Not that I’m complaining, mind you. And not that crumbs on top will stop me from eating it for dessert as well as breakfast.

It’s called cardamom cake, but cardamom isn’t the only important flavor. Orange zest in both the crumb and cake compete with coffee, and the orange wins but isn’t too strong. I suppose I wouldn’t have been opposed to more spice or even more bitter coffee, but the cake seemed pretty perfect just how it was. And really, what could be better than cake for breakfast?

Jill chose this recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has it posted. I doubled the salt.  (As well as baked it in heart-shaped muffin cups, obviously. The whole recipe makes 12 muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes.)

One year ago: Cafe Volcano Cookies
Two years ago: Butterscotch Pudding


  1. love your liners! soooo cute – and great looking cake!

  2. I really liked this recipe as well. I doubled it and made it into mini-loaf cakes……love your cute hearts!

  3. Adorable muffins! 🙂 Glad you liked this!

  4. Love your photos. This one was definitely a hit around here… even if they couldn’t pronounce ‘cardamom’! 🙂

  5. Thanks for baking with me this week! I’m happy that you enjoyed it, and your photos are lovely. I agree that this falls into the breakfast cake category!

  6. I love your little heart shaped muffins! They sound delicious as well- I love an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. 🙂

  7. I think it’s hilarious that right before Christmas, you’re using heart-shaped muffin cups to bake this. And yes, streusel (sugar + butter + nuts) = breakfast, but frosting (sugar + butter) = dessert. Walnuts! We just have to put walnuts in our cupcakes to justify them for breakfast!

    Also, oh hai – could this be a return to commenting for me? Sorry I’ve been MIA lately!

  8. Oh, yeah. good any time. Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert. Love that you made them heart shaped.

  9. treewhisperer says:

    I love seeing more posts! It’s like a Christmas present-just for me! (I know it’s not, but I can pretend, can’t I?) 🙂

    One question though: Do you ever not double (or add more) salt to Dorie’s recipes?

  10. Wilton liners? They’re so cute!! This cake sounds really good, cardomom is a favorite flavor of mine, and I love crumb cakes 🙂

  11. It all makes sense now…why breakfast AND dessert are my two favorite meals…(the crumbs vs frosting statement). Cake is definitely the perfect complement to coffee.