Apples & Cardamom Tea Cakes

by Kiran on October 23, 2012 · 48 comments

in Baking, Muffins


Back after a wonderful trip to Chicago. I can’t wait to share the details with you all, but for now, all I want is this tea cake, with a cuppa and someone graciously offering their service to help me unpack.

4 flights in 2 days is definitely not a joke.

For the first time in my life, I was patted down during airport security.

Was it bad?!? Nope. But was it necessary after a body scan? I think it’s debatable because I had only a few minutes to spare between boarding for my flight and searching for coffee.

Life’s priorities.

Lo and behold, there weren’t any cafe around my gate. Zilch! And nope, I’m not kidding when it comes to coffee.

Forced to board the plane without coffee is not a good sign of what’s coming further — that included crying babies, overload overhead luggage compartments that forced me to check-in my one and only luggage.

And I dealt with it all, without coffee. Smallest achievements in life ought to be celebrated.

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Yields: 12 tea cakes.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 honey crisps (or any) apples, grated
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon powder
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Spray a thin coating of non-stick cooking oil onto each cupcake liner.
  2. In a bowl, whisk 2 eggs and light brown sugar until frothy (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add almond oil, vanilla extract and grated apples. Mix to combine and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, whole wheat pastry flour, cardamom powder and a pinch of salt.
  5. Fold in dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir to combine. Do not over-stir the batter.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, drop two scoops of batter into each cupcake liner.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  8. Serve with a cup of chai on a rainy day. Or any day 🙂


Thank goodness for morsels of this tea cakes I had in my tote — wouldn’t have survived travel fiasco’s.

Are you a frequent traveler? What is your go-to travel tip?

My tip: Be prepared with a snack, even though liquids aren’t allowed. Snacks definitely eases your caffeine-less soul 🙂


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1 Rosa October 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Delicious cakes! A wonderful flavor combination. Very Scandinavian…



2 SB October 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Hi Bhabhi,

Wish the pictures conveyed the taste too .

That way the visitors could feel sumptuous =)

3 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Cardamom always makes me think of fall. It’s such a warm, cozy spice. I would love to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, and one of these cakes!
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4 Vijitha October 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Hope you had a lovely trip. What a fantastic treat! it looks so warm and well spiced up. Delicious Kiran.
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5 Anamika | madcookingfusions October 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Hey your 4 flights in 2 days remind me of my aviation days, it surely isnt easy…lovely tea cakes, apple & cardamom is a nice combination..loved all the photos :)!
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6 Lubna Karim October 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Cardamom and apple….wow…love that combo…..muffins look drool worthy….Hats off to you for 4 flights in 2 days….
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7 Choc Chip Uru October 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Mmmmm. These mini cakes look so moist and tasty 🙂

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8 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Oh my goodness, navigating an airport without coffee would be the worst! Lovely tea cakes, wish I had one or two right now!
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9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I always carry Starbucks VIA instant coffee with me when I travel so I can just request hot water on the flight and know for sure I am going to have a good cup of coffee! I have never used Almond Oil – I am so intrigued now!
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10 Rose of Magpies Recipes October 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Oh my gosh I had the EXACT same experience this weekend! Was patted down after a body scan (and no breakfast or my morning tea either) silliness! Those cake look and sound divine! Love the smell of baking apples!
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11 Hungry Huy October 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Traveling on an empty stomach is no fun, and these cakes would do the trick nicely. What I like to do when traveling is always pack dry snacks. This includes nuts, dried fruit, and some fiber cereal. And a small pack of protein powder for emergencies.
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12 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Mmm 🙂
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13 carolinaheartstrings October 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM

These muffins look delicious. Your pictures are fantastic.
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14 Cass @foodmyfriend October 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I luckily have never been airport frisked! I am always headed straight to the nearest cafe before a flight too 🙂 Would have been lovely with one of your cakes! My top travel tip is, always take your own pillow 😛
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15 swapna October 23, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Delicious cakes….
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16 Raymund October 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I never had tried combining cardamom and apples before, certainly it looks doable and good. Got to try this one out
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17 Asmita October 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM

This looks so good! A cup of hot chai and these cakes, what more can I ask for.
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18 chinmayie @ love food eat October 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Apple muffins have been on my mind for a few days. I baked some chocolate banana peanut ones yesterday so as soon as they are over i’ll bake some apple ones 🙂

These look great.
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19 Kathryn October 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM

Love the apple and cardamom combination – I can imagine that these little morsels of goodness definitely helped ease the stress of travelling!
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20 Deb October 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Flying really isn’t glamorous anymore, is it? But sometimes it’s the best way to travel! Glad your back to baking, as almond paired with apples and cardamom tea cakes sound just scrumptious on this brisk fall morning!

21 Carolyn Chan October 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Maybe you could try one of those coffee sweets? My mum thinks they keep her up! I always carry fruit when I travel. Eases my thirst a little as well 🙂
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22 amy @ fearless homemaker October 24, 2012 at 2:25 PM

ooh, these tea cakes look just divine. i love that you added cardamom, too – that’s a wonderful spice that i think is underused especially here in america. and my go-to travel tip? lots and lots of lemon water! that helps to keep me energized + feeling good, despite the less-than-fresh recycled air i always seem to notice in airplanes + airports!
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23 Simply Life October 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I was just in Chicago! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!
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24 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I love to travel and would be a professional traveler if I could.

My favorite muffin is apple bran. Just thinking about it gives me warm fuzzies.
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25 Ina gawne October 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Ohhhh, love the tea cakes! Isn’t almond flour a wonderful addition to baked goods? We love it! 🙂

26 Jennifer (Delicieux) October 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Gorgeous cakes Kiran. I love apple and cardamon together, such a breath of fresh air compared to the classic apple and cinnamon combination.
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27 Lisa October 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM

These are just lovely and so dainty, Kiran. I can almost taste the honey crisp apples with the cardamom. Now I wanna have a tea party just so I can serve these and wear white gloves. Oh, and drink tea with my pinky extended lol
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28 nepaliaustralian October 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Those looks so yummy 🙂
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29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Welcome back! Oh I had a pat down and a scan too. I can’t say I enjoyed either although we had a very amusing customs person at the counter.
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30 cquek October 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I must have it! This is so lovely and looks so amazing

31 Kanan October 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Love this cake. I always love any baking with apples so does my husband. Love the addition of cardamom powder. I am a frequent flyer to California from NJ. Because of my husband’s work. It took whole day and i always hate traveling.
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32 Hannah October 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

These are beautiful little cakes! Cardamom always evokes fall for me. Love the almond flour, too! I’m glad you made your flight – security can be such a hassle and yes, I think both a scan and pat down is a bit much!
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33 Julia October 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I am into apples now that they are all over my farmers market! This recipe will be great to try when I have my next get-together.

34 Juliana October 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Oh Kiran, these tea cakes look awesome, I love the idea of apples and cardamon…and yes perfect paired with a cup of tea 🙂
Hope you are having a fantastic week!

35 Kankana October 25, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I love to travel but i hate the flight and all that. Wish there was a way to pass through without all these hassle 😀 Love tea cake any time but these days it taste all the more amazing with a hot cup of tea!
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36 ATasteOfMadness October 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I wish I traveled more! Good thing you survived the lack of coffee. It mus be celebrated.
And what better way too? These look fantastic!
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37 Kim Bee October 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

First of all these tea cakes are gorgeous. I mean absolutely stunning.

Secondly I am going to be taking my first solo trip in about 5 weeks. It`s also the first time I`ve flown in over 20 years. Help me, I swear I`m so nervous it`s ridiculous.
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38 Sanjeeta kk October 26, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Grated apples, cardamon..what not to love in these cute little tea cakes! Waiting for your Chicago trip pictures…
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39 Kristi Rimkus October 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I’ve not been patted down yet, but I have to say I wouldn’t probably like it much. Especially if it meant no time for coffee! I love the cardamon you’ve used in these lovely little muffins. This recipe is a keeper!
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40 dassana October 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

four flights in two days… reminded me of my recent travelling fiasco of 2 flights in one day with a stop over of 6 hours at the airport… too bad 🙁

coffee or no coffee but it is good to carry such delicious muffins on these journeys…

beautiful pics as always.
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41 Lori October 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

These sound delicious. I love the apple pictures- so beautiful.
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42 Carolyn Chan October 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Hearing and reading the news on Sandy – stay safe !!
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43 honeywhatscooking October 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM

very nice.. love the tea cake recipe. i travel about every 2 to 3 months.. hmm… my go to tip.. i actually love buying food from the airport.. something to eat or drink, but when i have an early morning flight i totally avoid it so i can sleep on the flight. so i usually stay away from coffee. another tip is i usually buy a magazine – US Weekly to catch up on my celeb gossip if i’m bored on the plane. Charge your iPhone, of course. And have a charged laptop on hand for blogging, of course.
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44 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb October 30, 2012 at 5:20 AM

Love the addition of almond flour and cardamon here, I bet it would taste nice now as dessert. =)
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45 Jeanette November 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I love the sound of cardamon paired with apples in these tea cakes!
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46 January 21, 2013 at 3:28 AM

Well controlled and well done, see you can do it without your coffee. Thes are lovely cakes. Apple cakes are always my favourite recently posted..Frozen Mango and Passionfruit Summer Tart using a blender

47 Shalini November 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I am going to try this wonderful recipe however there is no baking powder or baking soda mentioned. Can you please tell me how much baking powder and baking soda I should use.


48 P Mandal June 7, 2016 at 7:13 AM

Its definitely something new. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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