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Orange Cardamom Spaghetti Squash Cake


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October 29, 2019

Orange Cardamom Spaghetti Squash CakeThe autumn season brings us many varieties of gourds. I've had plenty of spaghetti squash around lately, so I thought I'd do some experimenting. I made this lovely orange and cardamom infused cake using pureed spaghetti squash. I candied some strands of the squash to make a beautiful sweet topping. Sprinkled with some crushed rose petals, it was quite the luxurious offering! You'd never know there was squash inside this dessert, but it sure lends to its velvety composition and deep nutty flavour. I hope you give this one a shot!

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I used about 2 cups of spaghetti squash in the cake batter and 1 cup for the candied topping.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 8-9 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, cooked
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp food grade edible crushed rose petals
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
Orange Cardamom Spaghetti Squash Cake
 

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Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. mixing flour powders
     
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  3. Break open 2 cardamom pods, discard shells, and crush into a powder with a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.
  4. Cardamom seeds crushed in grinder
     
  5. Whisk cardamom into a bowl with the cup of sugar.
  6. adding Cardamom powder to flour
     
  7. Place 2 cups of the cooked spaghetti squash and 2 tablespoons of of the cardamom sugar into a food processor.
  8. food processing squash
     
  9. Puree, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.
  10. cleaning Squash from sides of processor
     
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  11. Keep going until you have a smooth paste.
  12. processing squash
     
  13. In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter and the rest of the cardamom sugar. Cream until it's fluffy and light in colour.
  14. mixing egg in flour
     
  15. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  16. adding egg to flour
     
  17. Beat in vanilla.
  18. adding vanilla to batter
     
  19. Add a bit of the flour mixture and beat on low speed.
  20. adding flour to batter
     
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  21. Now add a bit of the pureed squash mixture and beat on low speed. Keep alternating adding flour and squash until it's all combined and smooth.
  22. adding Squash to batter
     
  23. Grate half the orange peel into the batter. Stir well.
  24. Orange rind in batter
     
  25. Grease a large angel food or bundt pan. A large cake pan will do, too. I just wanted the hollowed middle to fill with the candied squash at the end.
  26. buttering angel food cake pan
     
  27. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  28. adding batter to pan
     
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  29. Cool, remove from pan, then cool completely on a rack.
  30. cooling cake
     
  31. To make the icing, crush the other 2 cardamom pod seeds and whisk into powdered sugar.
  32. adding ground Cardamom to powdered sugar
     
  33. Squeeze about 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice out from the orange, then whisk in sour cream.
  34. mixing sugar & orange juice for frosting
     
  35. Whisk the cardamom powdered sugar together with sour cream orange juice mixture. Grate in the about 1/4 of the remaining orange's zest.
  36. adding Orange peel to frosting
     
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  37. To make the candied topping, add a teaspoon of oil to a pan and add a cup of spaghetti squash strands. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  38. Spaghetti Squash in pan
     
  39. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly.
  40. Cardamom with Spaghetti Squash in pan
     
  41. Squash will caramelize and sugar will bubble. When it seems rather stiff and gluey, shut off heat.
  42. squashed
     
  43. Drizzle the icing all over the cake and sprinkle with crushed rose petals. Fill the hole with the candied squash, working your way up to a big mountain. Decorate with remaining strands of orange peel.
  44. Orange Cardamom Spaghetti Squash Cake
     
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