Healthy Cardamom Teacake

by | Sep 11, 2010 | 5 comments

Healthy Cardamom Teacake
For almost a year I have stored in my pantry a bottle of rice bran oil that happened to be in one of the show bags at the Good Food And Wine Show. We are prolific olive oil users in this house with the exception of chili oil and sesame oil for asian cuisine. So rice bran oil just sits there all by itself not knowing what to do with itself.
Over the recent weeks, I have undertaken the extremely fun task of emptying my pantry of long forgotten [but still edible] ingredients and using them to make my weekly cooking adventures more interesting. This exercise not only ensures that we have something fresh and exciting every single night for dinner, but also saves some dollars. I came across a recipe for Cardamom teacake in a recent cooking magazine. How can you not make something that sounds as fragrant as a cardamom teacake, right? And then I saw rice bran oil on the ingredient list and I was whisking and beating within minutes.
I swapped some ingredients and introduced some wholemeal flour for earthiness and texture. The resulting cake was light, not very sweet and extremely moreish. Needless to say, my shopping trolley this week had a bottle of rice bran oil.






Preparation Time – 10 minutes | Baking Time – 50 minutes | Serves 10


1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup rice bran oil
1/2 cup milk
icing sugar to dust


Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a 20cm ring tin with cooking oil spray [I use olive oil spray].
Sift together flours, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the sugar. Whisk together eggs, oil and milk until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes until golden and cooked through. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar and serve.


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  1. marvs@eatmarvin

    Wow! That looks so good, and so guilt-free healthy! I will try your recipe this week at home. I love the photo! I could almost smell the cardamon just by staring at the photo. 🙂

  2. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    How delightful! This looks simply divine 🙂 I adore cardamom. Thanks for the recipe! Love the photo too.
    Heidi xo

  3. Anamika

    Hi, any substitute for rice bran oil?

    • Sneh

      Anamika, I usually use olive oil when I don’t have rice bran oil. Carrot oil might be great too because it has excellent health benefits.

      • Ali

        I think probably extra light olive oil is better. I have never used olive oil in my deserts, becuase it I assume it affects the taste of deserts.


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