Once it’s fall everyone starts bringing out the pumpkin spice, caramel, and apple desserts and I love it. So, today, I’m adding another one to the list: apple cardamom cake with pistachio cream. I wanted a moist cake similar to a coffee cake but loaded with apples. Pair it with a warm spice like cardamom and top it with a cinnamon sugar streusel and it’s pure heaven. Unless you go the extra step and make the pistachio cream too, then it’s game over. Ready to make another apple dessert?

apple cardamom cake

apple cardamom cake

apple cardamom cake


Serves 8


Apple Cardamom Cake with Pistachio Cream

1 hr, 30 Total Time

Yields 1 9-inch cake

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    Apple cardamom cake
  • 1 cup (190 grams) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (105 grams) Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (295 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 4 (465 grams) apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • Cinnamon sugar streusel
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • Pistachio cream
  • 1 cup (145 grams) pistachios, roasted
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan.
  2. Make the apple cardamom cake batter. Whisk together vegetable oil with 2 large eggs, Greek yogurt, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour with 2 cups sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cardamom. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in the chopped apples and pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  4. Make the cinnamon sugar streusel. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cardamom, and 1 tbsp melted butter until well combined. Sprinkle the streusel on top of the cake.
  5. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, make the pistachio cream. In a food processor, grind the pistachios until smooth, about 7-8 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and process until combined. Add 2 tbsp water and process and until smooth and thick, another 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup heavy cream and process until creamy and thick, about 3 minutes. Chill the pistachio cream until ready to serve.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

If you ever made a coffee cake, this apple cardamom cake will be a cinch for you to make. Heck, even if you haven’t, this cake will still be easy to tackle. It’s really just the basic step of mixing your wet ingredients, combining your dry ingredients, and then stirring everything together.

ingredients for the cake

For the apples, I chose pink lady apples but you can also use Braeburn, honeycrisp, Fuji, and even Granny smith apples. As long as the apples hold their shape and don’t turn into mush when baked, you can use them.

top cake with streusel

Gently stir the apples into the batter and pour it into the prepared cake pan. Make the cinnamon sugar cardamom and sprinkle a generous amount over the cake. This streusel will add a lovely little crunch and add texture to the apple cardamom cake. Plus, when does it ever hurt to add a little extra cinnamon sugar goodness on anything, am I right?

apple cardamom cake

Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As tempting as it is, let the cake cool before digging right in. You can serve this cake warm but I would advise against cutting into it straight out of the oven.

pistachio paste

Now we can just stop there and serve the cake as is but we’re going to go one step further and make pistachio cream. I am a diehard fan of pistachios so it was a no-brainer that I would make this accompanying cream.

To make the pistachio cream, simply process shelled roasted pistachios until the nuts are finely ground. Add the powdered sugar and continue to process the nuts. Add a touch of water to the mixture and puree. At this point, you should have a paste.

pistachio cream

To turn it into a cream, add heavy cream and continue to puree until the mixture is thickened and creamy. It will thicken up a bit as you chill it in the fridge. You can also make the pistachio cream a couple of days in advance. I made a double batch and ended up smearing this on scones, muffins, cookies, pretty much any baked good I can find.

apple cardamom cake

Dust the apple cardamom cake with powdered sugar and place a big dollop of the pistachio cream on top. I loved this cake warm but you can also have it at room temperature. The cardamom shines through and compliments the apples perfectly while the pistachio cream makes it just a wee bit fancy. Delicious all around!

apple cardamom cake


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