Plum Pistachio n Cardamon cake 2

My last post on Aloe Vera, was as much of a learning experience for me as it was of sharing. Unfortunately for me, soon after I posted the Aloe post, I had an accident. A jug of boiling water blasted on my right leg, scalding my skin off, and burning me very badly. I was immediately rushed to the doc, who gave me a shot on my butt and a whole lot of medicines to ease the pain. I suffered for 2 days, wondering how was I ever going to wear a bikini again, and how ugly my thigh looks and whether it would ever look normal again. Then I opened my mail box to authorize the comments on the Aloe post, and what i read changed my life. Its something i was aware of, but never did, as i never needed to so far. I read how everyone uses Aloe Vera and keep it in their kitchen to heal their burns. And how miraculously it has helped so many, and healed them, leaving no scar at all. I ran straight for my plant and started applying it 3-4 times daily. Let me tell you dear friends, it’s a miracle from God. Its working like no other medicine would. I’m much better now, with 80% of the burns healed, just need to get rid of the scar. So for all of you little angles who left those comments on my blog, thank you so much. I now encourage everyone to have one Aloe plant in their house. Its a must !!!

Plum Pistachio n Cardamon Cake

And now for my cake today. This is a Plum, Pistachio and Cardamon Cake. Absolutely divine in flavour. Took it for a friends Sunday lunch party and it dissapeared in just a few seconds. The Cardamon really takes this cake into another level. Its soft, the plums make it moist and slightly tart at the same time, tastes very rich due to the ground pistachio and the cardamon makes it very festive. I used very ripe plums, so they were more on the sweet side than sour.


  • 8 ripe plums
  • 75 gms ground pistachios
  • 175 gms self raising flour
  • 175 gms softened butter
  • 175 gms fine sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 8-10 pods of cardamon

Line your cake tin, and preheat the oven to 180 C.
Wash the plums and cut them in quaters. Dry grind the pistachios, leaving a few behind to use for garnishing. Mix the sifted Self raising flour, butter, sugar, eggs, pistachio pd and cardamon in a bowl. Beat with your electric beater for about 3 minutes, adding a few drops of milk if the consistency is too thick. Now gently mix in the plums and pour the batter into the cake tin. Level it well and garnish with some sliced pistachios. Bake for about 30-40 mins, till skewer comes out clean. Let it cool down, and then dust it with icing sugar. This cake tastes wonderful warm, and best at room temperature.

And last but not the least we have a winner for the pay it forward. Dana Wilson of Vanilla Basil. Congratulations, you should be getting your parcel this week. I also decided to pay it forward to Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. Actually its more of an exchange as shes sending me a wonderful Vietnamese Coffee Press, yay … i cannot wait. So the next time you get paid forward, do spread the love around.

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Comment : (Kate / Kajal)

Hey everyone, Firstly i’m really sorry for replying back so late …

Manggy … oooooh, that must’ve been so painful did you sleep while the burns were fresh ?

Aaron, in traditional sweets, cardamon is like the next imp thing after sugar !

Mary, hope u do πŸ™‚

Homecooked …thanks i’m fine now !

Beachlover … thanks so much , i am totally healed now, just a scar to remind me of that awful day remains. Ive used colgate in the past too, but its just good for soothing the burn at that time and cooling it down. Aloe is the best, it soothes and heals !

Daphne .. trust me so am i !!!

aforkfulofspagetti , thanks …i dont remember … i think 9″, but you can use anything you have lying around.

eliza , thanks , let me know if you try the recipe.

TBC … thanks for your kind wishes …. and abt the cake …you have to eat it to believe it !

justfoodnow … haha thank you so much πŸ˜€

WORC … aww how sweet of you to say that πŸ™‚ thanks ! BTW i loved your ice cream post !

Stardust … thanks darling for all the trouble you’ve taken , and all your kind wishes… !

Suzana … thanks …alll is fine now πŸ™‚ thanks for your warm hug ..:):)

Maryann … ooh why so sister ??? i’m still hooked on to mine, and it makes me jog for hours every week, but i still cant bare to give it up πŸ˜›

Swati was my leg ..and thanx, its healed now πŸ™‚
Wow … so you’ve experienced the african life …i’m sure it was tought for you too .

Helen …oh my …you too !!! Sorry …as a kid it mustve hurt so much more ! My wound has healed now, but the scar remains … i try n put aloe everyday.

Anamika, nice to have you here, hope to see you again.

dhanggit ..:D you are so sweet …thanks so much !

Cassandra … thanks so much , i’m totally fine now !

Bee …*hugs* … thnks so much πŸ˜€

Staphane … haha …your’e such a comic ! Thanks, you never seize to make me smile πŸ™‚

Eliza …thnx will be over right away !

Rachel , yeah miracle plant indeed !

Pete …ooh that must’ve been a nasty pain for you. I’m glad it worked for you too. Aloe has miraculous healing powers !

Ana .. hello πŸ™‚ thanks so much, its nice to know you like my blog and my work. I’m going to start using aloe for my hair too …how you apply it …any tips for me ? πŸ™‚ (Angry Asian)

i was sorry to read that you got hurt but you are doing better. it’s because of your aloe post that i went and bought an aloe plant this past sunday at the farmer’s market. i am so excited to start experimenting: using it to consume, as well as make soaps and facial masques.

your blog is lovely! (Mable)

I hope your leg has fully recovered (especially for bikini season). My mom is a little of a botanist and she had an aloe vera. Whenever we had a burn, an ulcer, or even constipation, she would used aloe vera. There are 101 uses to the plant so I’m glad you wrote about it.

Post note: That cake looks amazing! (Janet)

Hi – I am new to this blog. I’m going to make the cardamom cake today. Should pistachios be raw or roasted? Salted or unsalted? Should I use whole cardamom pods or just crush the seeds? Thanks!


I am going to attempt this cake this week for my mother’s birthday. She loves plum and it’s not everyday you get such an awesome recipe to put plum into! I can’t wait to see how it turns out.. I’m sure it’ll be really moist with all the fruit.
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can i make this with almonds instead?


Yes of course Nancy, te cake would still hold, just taste a bit different. Almond should be great too.

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