Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake

Simple Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake is the perfect cake to enjoy with a cup of coffee or chai!

This soft and moist cake is easy to make with basic pantry essentials.

slice of almond cardamom cake in a round plate with a glass of chai in the background

Some days I just crave for a slice of cake with my chai. You know the simple kind of cake, without any frosting? 

I love these kind of cakes, without any frills. So the other day when I had a craving, I ended up making this Almond Cardamom Cake. Bonus, it’s vegan!

I adore cardamom in everything, I think it’s an Indian thing. We use it so much in our desserts and so I feel like adding it to everything.

This simple cake is soft and moist and has that nice aroma from the cardamom and nuttiness from the almonds.

I wasn’t planning to make it vegan but it just ended up being one and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the result.

This Almond Cardamom Cake

✓made with simple ingredients

✓the perfect tea time cake

✓ is vegan and easy to make

Sarvesh couldn’t believe this cake was vegan- it was so light and fluffy! 

Let’s see what goes in this vegan cake, pretty basic stuff- regular flour, almond flour, oil, sugar, almond milk and of course cardamom.

I also added some cornstarch to the cake mix which makes it extra soft. If you don’t have almond flour, you can grind some almonds yourself and use in the cake.

This cake uses almond flour, sliced almonds and also some almond extract for that extra almond flavor.

Yes, it does have a strong almond flavor. If you are not a fan of this flavor, then you can cut down on the flour or the extract.

Speaking of the extract, always be very careful about using almond extract. A little goes a really long way. It’s not like vanilla extract where you can add a lot and get away with it.

I have ruined cakes in the past by adding too much of almond extract, so speaking from experience here. 

vegan almond cardamom cake in a round blue plate with a slice of cake removed from the side

How to Make Almond Cardamom Cake

This cake is as easy as it can get. First, you sift the dry ingredients together.

Then we make a vegan buttermilk by mixing together almond milk with white vinegar. This really makes the cake soft so do not try to skip or substitute this.

Let the vegan buttermilk sit for 5 to 10 minutes before using in the recipe. 

And then you simply mix the wet ingredients and then mix everything together. Super simple and the prep time doesn’t take more than 15 minutes.

Sometimes, I like to get fancy and add a rose glaze on top. But that’s totally optional.

If you do want to pour a rose glaze, just whisk together powdered sugar with rose water. Add some almond milk to thin it out and pour the glaze over the cake.

Super simple and adds a nice flavor. I generally keep this almond cardamom cake as it is- maybe just with a dusting of powdered sugar on top.

Method

Line a 8 x 2 inch round pan with parchment paper and spray with a non-stick spray. Set it aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees.

1- In a large bowl sift together all purpose flour, almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom powder and salt. Set it aside.

2- Take your 1 cup measuring cup and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to it. Now start adding almond milk to the cup until it’s filled to the top. Set it aside for 5 minutes while you proceed to the next steps.

3- Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer, beat together oil and sugar until combined. Add almond extract and lemon zest (if using) and mix.

4- Start adding the flour mix.

step by step pictures of making vegan almond cardamom cake

5- Alternate with the prepared vegan buttermilk (almond milk-vinegar mixture). Start and end with the flour mix.

6- Mix until everything is well combined but do not over-mix.

7- Fold in 1/2 cup sliced almonds.

8- Transfer batter to the prepared round pan. Sprinkle with more sliced almonds on top.

step by step pictures of making vegan almond cardamom cake

Bake at 350 F degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

slice of almond cardamom cake in a round plate with a glass of chai in the background

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Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake

Bursting with flavors of almonds and cardamom, this soft and moist Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake is just what you need with or coffee or tea!

slice of almond cardamom cake in a round plate with a glass of chai in the background
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond cardamom cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 275 kcal
Author: Manali
4.5 from 2 votes
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour, 130 grams
  • 1/4 cup almond flour, 24 grams
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 20 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 15 ml
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened, 240 ml
  • 1/4 cup oil, 60 ml, any flavorless oil, I used canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar, 150 grams or adjust to taste to make it less sweet
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • zest of 1 lemon, optional
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, + more to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Line a 8 x 2 inch round pan with parchment paper and spray with a non-stick spray. Set it aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees.

  2. In a large bowl sift together all purpose flour, almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom powder and salt. Set it aside.

  3. Take your 1 cup measuring cup and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to it. Now start adding almond milk to the cup until it's filled to the top. Set it aside for 5 minutes while you proceed to the next steps.

  4. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer, beat together oil and sugar until combined. Add almond extract and lemon zest (if using) and mix.

  5. Start adding the flour mix, alternating with the prepared vegan buttermilk (almond milk-vinegar mixture). Start and end with the flour mix.

  6. Mix until everything is well combined but do not over-mix.

  7. Fold in 1/2 cup sliced almonds.

  8. Transfer batter to the prepared round pan. Sprinkle with more sliced almonds on top.

  9. Bake at 350 F degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  10. Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. You can reduce the sugar in this cake if you prefer less sweet cakes.
  2. If you want to add a rose glaze- mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon rose water. You can add some almond milk to thin it out as per your preference. Pour over cooled cake.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

14 thoughts on “Vegan Almond Cardamom Cake


  1. Yayyyy for this Almond cake recipe 🙂
    I have been looking for a Vegan cake recipe with Almond flour for soooo long, but could not find any that was simple & sounded tasty.
    So Thank You!

    1. Hi Sindhu, I use a recipe plugin and it has a nutritional label feature where it calculates nutritional based on ingredients and serving size….although I have to say it’s just an estimate and should be taken like that only. Not 100% accurate.

    1. not sure, I have not tried to make this recipe gluten-free…but you can try replacing the all purpose flour with the gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour…

  2. Will this cake work out if it is made entirely with almond flour? We have a few gluten free people in our family and friends, so I am always looking for recipes that turn out well for them.

    1. not sure, I have not tested this recipe with 100% almond flour so can’t comment on that…maybe you can give it a try by replacing all purpose flour with the gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour

  3. This sounds so delicious. I too would like to use all almond flour and use an alternative to cornstarch – I don’t eat cornstarch. Would anyone know if subbing tapioca starch would be a good alternative?
    Will someone post if they do use all almond flour?

    1. You can skin cornstarch, it’s okay and I am not sure how this would turn out with 100% almond flour as I have not tested it..try with the 1:1 gluten-free flour blend and see how it works..


  4. very njummm,

    just a bit too swet for my liking so next time I will reduce the sugar, and I might add a chia -egg, the cake easily falls apart . great recipe though, thank u for sharing

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