Moist Lemon Cake Recipe with Cardamom

written by Mirriam Seddiq
8 · 11 · 23
Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is bright, moist, and tasty and includes many traditional Afghan flavors.

Let’s make it.

Basics Tips for Making a Great Cake

Making a perfect cake requires careful attention to detail and adherence to some fundamental baking rules. First, always ensure that all your ingredients are at room temperature, which helps mix them well.

Second, accurately measure your ingredients. Too much or too little of a component can affect the taste and texture of the cake.

Third, avoid overmixing the batter, which could lead to a dense cake. Fourth, preheat your oven before baking.

An adequately heated oven cooks the cake evenly and helps it rise appropriately. Lastly, practice patience during the cooling process. Allow the cake to cool completely before applying frosting to prevent it from melting and making a mess.

Afghan Flavors in this Lemon Cake Recipe

When I made a lemon cake, we’d have to make it a little Afghan.

In this cake, we add cardamom and pistachios to give it a real Afghan vibe.

Want another great dessert idea? Try my peach no church ice cream.

Get a Pretty Baking Pan for Your Lemon Cake

Take a minute and look at various cakes you admire. I’m not talking about the goofy fondant cakes that look like candy bars and coffee makers. I’m talking about old-school pretty.

The ones you like are probably because of a fancy baking pan. I love Nordicware. They don’t sponsor me; I’ve used them since I was a food content creator.

This is the one I use in the video, but get creative. Pick one you like, and you’ll look like a pro.

Easily Printable Lemon Cake Recipe with Cardamom

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Moist Lemon Cake with Cardamom

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  • Author: Mirriam Seddiq


This lemon cake is easy, tasty, and moist. The cardamom and pistachios give a true Afghan vibe.



1/2 Cup butter (soft)

3/4 Cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cardamom

1 1/2 Cup flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup milk

t tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Combine butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Cream for about 2 minutes.

3. Add eggs, one at a time. whisk.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, cornstarch, and cardamom.

5. Next, mix lemon juice, milk, and vanilla.

6. Add flour, stir, then add milk, stir. Then add flour, stir.

7. Next, stir in sour cream and mix until combined. Do not overmix. Overmixing can ruin a great cake.

8. Grease your pan, well.

9. Next, bake for 30-35 minutes. Use the toothpick method. If you can put a toothpick in the cake and it comes out clean, it is done.

10. Allow the cake to cool in a pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cake plate. Then, let cool for another 10 minutes. After that, sprinkle with powdered sugar and pistachios.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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