Cardamom Patty Cakes

by | Nov 16, 2012 | 15 comments

Cardamom Patty Cakes - Cook Republic 

A patty cake is a miniature cake, essentially a cupcake but more importantly a single individual serve of cake. The term made famous by the poem "Pat-A-Cake", patty cake is often used in Australian English. I am quite convinced that the name caught on from the overuse of terms like patty pans and patty cases. Nevertheless, it is a sweet quirky name for a little cake. 


Cardamom Patty Cakes - Cook Republic

I love vintage illustrations especially in poems and stories that talk about food. The Pat-A-Cake poem illustrations always show bakers and children cupping their hands together and pressing palms to mimic patting-a-cake, kind of like making mud pies. Taking inspirating from those illustrations I have made little cupcakes peppered with ground cardamom, but baked in round gem scone molds without wrappers. When baked, they come out like little fat cake discs with a gorgeous crust and melt-in-your-mouth cakey middle. They are perfect to pop in your mouth and need just a hint of icing sugar dusted on top to make them really special.


Icing Sugar In Vintage Jar - Cook Republic


Cardamom Patty Cakes Recipe Card - Cook Republic 

It is always fascinating to find out the terms used for similar food in different countries. Cupcakes, fairy cakes, patty cakes … do little cakes have a special name in your part of the world?



Gem Scone Pan And Cardamom Patty Cakes - Cook Republic








Fragrant little mini cakes are baked in a gem scone pan and topped with icing sugar for a cardamom infused afternoon treat.

Makes - Approximately 30



3/4 cup raw sugar
125g butter, melted and cooled
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (ground)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups self-raising flour
icing sugar to dust



Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Grease a gem scone pan with butter. Dust with flour and set aside.

In a bowl beat eggs, sugar, butter, cardamom and salt until light and creamy. Add flour and milk. Beat for a couple of minutes until fluffy and well combined.

Spoon batter into prepared molds until 2/3rds full (each). Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until golden and cooked through. Remove and gently loosen the cakes with a butter knife. Turn on to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and serve.


My Notes

You can bake the batter into little cupcakes or a full sized cake topped with nuts by adjusting the baking times.

To make nutella or jam stuffed patty cakes, spoon some batter into the mold. Add a teaspoon of the filling, top with more batter and bake. Make sure each mold is only 2/3rds full.



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  1. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    These little patty cakes look great! I love cardamom in baked treats and the way you describe these little cakes makes my mouth water! My family would love these for Thanksgiving!

  2. Rosa

    Lovely little cakes! Cardamom is a wonderful spice.



  3. chinmayie @ love food eat

    Oh! How pretty! I want one gem scone pan too 🙂

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Beautiful little cakes, I love the dusting of sugar!

  5. Lynda - TasteFood

    Beautiful cakes and photos!

  6. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    What gorgeous little cakes Sneh! I used to love patty cakes growing up, but haven't made them in so long. Thanks for the reminder 😀

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a great way to bring an old nursery rhyme to life!

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I love cardamom and these little cakes would make me smile. I don't think I've ever made anything called a patty cake but I've certainly heard about them. I'm definitely going to give them a try.

  9. suzanne Perazzini

    Fairy cakes, cupcakes and muffins are more or less the same thing and then it depends how you decorate the top. I haven't heard the term patty cake though.

  10. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake I had no idea there are little cakes that go with the nursery rhyme my daughter just learned.
    SO pretty, I should make some for her and eat between singing breaks 🙂

  11. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Such gorgeous little cakes. I do love the use of cardamom.

  12. Nancy

    I have a patty cake pan but have never used it - now I have the perfect recipe. Thank you!

  13. Kiran @

    Love the use of floral cardamom in baked goods. Looks so yum!

  14. Marita

    Hi Sneh, patty cakes and their morph into cupcakes is a pet thing of mine! I just did a post on my blog on it it. Take a read of my musings and retro recipes if you are interested!

  15. Ken

    "Cup cake" is an Americanism; patty cake is an Australianism. I grew up with patty cakes, which my mother made frequently and very well, and I had only ever heard the American term on television until about a decade ago, when the Americanism started taking over in the land of patty cakes.

    Patty cakes did not "morph" into cupcakes, as the latter is much larger, almost as large as the average muffin.

    The best of all patty cakes was/is the butterfly, but uncut cakes were often iced and sprinkled with hundreds and thousands, another term probably not familiar to Americans.


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