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, itโ€™s a miracle from God. Its working like no other medicine would. Iโ€™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 : (Shantanu)

Ouch! Boiling water on skin sounds terrible. Had suffered that one during childhood and still remember the pattern of blisters it left on my skin. Good to know aloe vera turned out useful in this case. (Asha)

OH MY! So sorry! But I am glad you are healed now. All this time I was told Aloe Vera sap will burn us, it’s opposite here. Good to know that and glad it helped you!:))

Cake looks scrumptious, what a great combo!:) (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

A wonderful comination! That cake looks gorgeous!


Rosa (MiNDY)

So sorry about your accident. Glad that Aloe Vera healed your scar. I use it too when I have sunburn.

The cake looks yummy (Kate / Kajal)

Shantanu, it really was terrible. Have your scars gone ?

Asha, surprising is’nt it ? Well thank God it heals.

Rosa , thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Mindy, i think i will use it for almost everything now ๐Ÿ™‚ including sunburn :)) (Deborah)

My mom always had an aloe vera plant for burns when I was growing up. I should get one for my house! I hope you are better and healing well!

This cake sounds amazing!! (maybelles parents)

Oh, sounds terrible. my father had one as a child from a water heater and his scars are gone. And, I had one on my arm and chest from oil and thanks to aloe (and a topical medicine) the scars are almost gone. It is a terrible kind of pain–I am glad that the pain seems to have subsided. And, this cake looks wonderful. (Mike of Mike's Table)

I’m so sorry to hear it and I’m glad everything worked out ok. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ That’s scary stuff.

As for the cake, well it almost goes without saying how delicious it looks! (Manggy)

Kate, sorry to hear about the accident. I too got scalded in a large area, but it clears up in time. I didn’t know cardamom made a good addition to cakes– I will have to try it. (Someone gave me a package of cardamom and it would be my first time to use it ๐Ÿ™‚ (Lydia (The Perfect Pantry))

Aloe vera is a wonderful thing — and when that doesn’t work, chocolate works well, too — not to smear on, but to eat and make yourself feel better. So glad you are on the mend. (evolvingtastes)

oh my goodness! Good to hear that you are healing now. The cake looks d.i.v.i.n.e. (Stardust)

Oh dear, I froze when I learnt about the accident. I’m so thankful that you have the healing aloe at hand, and you’re quick enough to react. Thank God… I shall bear this in mind and maybe get an aloe plant.

The cake is a darling to look at. Good work. Meanwhile, take care and get well soon! (Mango Power Girl)

Ouch! sorry to hear about the burn…I am glad you found a home-remedy ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you get better soon! And, the Cake Queen is back ๐Ÿ™‚ the cake is amazing looking…how do you create such amazing stuff ๐Ÿ˜› (BubblyBunny)

Oh my goodness!! That accident sounds terrible and I’m glad you are getting better and I hope your scars will be gone too!! Keep us up to date on your healing progress.

That cake looks really yummy!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Patricia Scarpin)

Hey beautiful,
I’m glad to hear you are almost 100% recovered! I did not know that about aloe – I just knew it works wonders in damaged hair.
Take care of yourself!

And this cake is delicious. I love the ingredients, here! (Salt & Turmeric)

sorry to hear abt the accident. yay to aloe vera and double yay to no scar! im so gonna look for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Susan from Food Blogga)

Oh, no! I’m so sorry about the burn. They can be nasty, indeed. Glad you had that aloe vera nearby. And no wonder that cake was gobbled up in seconds–it’s splendid! (Victoria)

I absolutely love reading your blog! =) And that cake looks divine. I love any sort of cake with fruit and nuts running through it. I’d imagine they’d be heavenly with a tiny bit of vanilla custard.. =) (glamah16)

Oh how weird and ironic. It is a great healer. Nice to see you back and baking your delicious treats.Try coco butter on the scar. Im sure there are some other natural remedies too to make the scar go away. (Kate / Kajal)

Deborah , pls get one for yourself. Thanks.

Maybelles parents, aloe had helped everyone in some way or the other. thankd for sharing.

Mike, thanks. It was scary when it happened, now its ok …thnx to Aloe.

Manggy, what happened to you ? how did u burn yourself. Honestly even i used cardamon for the first time in a cake. Loved the results.

Lydia … haha thats the second thing i ran for after the aloe ! i just need an excuse to have some ๐Ÿ˜›

evolvingtastes … thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

Stardust, thanks so much for your concern. I really recommend you keep an Aloe pant too .

Mohini … i’m glad too ๐Ÿ™‚ haha n love it when u call me the cake queen, i lift my head up a bit higher every time.

Bubblybunny, the scar is still there, but with aloe around i’m sure it’ll go. Thanks

Patricia .. hey :)Aloe is gr8 any way you use it.

Salt & Turmeric … yay , yay , yay ! it truly is a miracle.

Susan … haha …a sweet cake is always good for healing.

Victoria , thanks so much. The cake really is something to try. I did serve it warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Glamah16, i’ll surely try coco butter, we get the freah stuff here, as cocoa grows here in ghana and all cocoa products are exported in large quantities. (Peter G)

Ouch Kate! Glad to see the aloe vera is working. Now sit back, relax, heal and eat plenty of that delightful cake. (glamah16)

You always click on my recipe box page, not the blog page. I’ve been posting away…
๐Ÿ™‚ (Kate / Kajal)

Peter … haha the cake is long gone ๐Ÿ™‚

Glamah16 …oops silly me ! (Manggy)

Hey Kate ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was in high school, I scalded my back with boiling bath water. Suffered second degree burns max, but none too serious. Hurt like hell though. No residual trace of the accident now (14 years later– but it cleared up a long time ago) ๐Ÿ™‚ (Aaron Kagan)

Cardamom: hands down, the coolest spice. And I LOVE ground nuts. Just read a history of Indian cooking and was amazing at how often ground almonds came up in traditional recipes. (mary)

Looks great.. I will definitely try this out.. Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰
Mary from Cooking Recipe Videos (Homecooked)

Hey Kate….get well soon! Hope u feel better. (Beachlover)

oh!! I’m so sorry to hear about your accident!!.Hope you feel better now:.I never hear of cardamon cake b4.How it’s taste?I know cardamon is expensive here..Btw,I was burn on my arm yesterday when I open my oven when baking cake for my class.I quickly apply Colget,don’t have aloe plant at home.Must get one when I shop at Walmart.Thanks for the information:)) (daphne)

OUCH! I’m glad u hv the plant on hand.

And that cake? Looks wonderful. Really summery too. (aforkfulofspaghetti)

Glad to hear you’re healing as a result of your own medicine! Sounds nasty.

That tart looks fantastic, and I’d like to make it. What size tin/dish did you use, please? (eliza)

oh, i’m glad you’re healing well. there’s aloe vera gel ready in the bottle for burns sold in the store here. i just bought some green cardamom pods & can’t wait to try it in a recipe. (TBC)

The cake looks smashing! Can imagine how great it tasted with all that cardamom.

Sorry to hear about your mishap. Glad to hear that you’re healing well now. (justfoodnow)

Its a truly superb cake, easy to make and perfect as a desert. What else should I call you, when you truly are a cake queen. Thanks for your blog – It isn’t often that I find a blog I like and yours certainly is a winner! (White On Rice Couple)

Dear Kate, I do hope you heal well. Either way, you will always be beautiful!
The plums are a great and beautiful inspiration here! I’ll be making some plum ice cream soon! (Stardust)

Hi, time has passed and I hope that you’re healing well. I’ve read sometime ago that application of vitamin E helps healing scars. I’m reminded of a friend who strongly recommended ‘ Vitamin E pure wheat germ oil ‘ available in Watsons. I think other Vit E application helps too. Hope that the info helps. (Suzana)

Oh Kate, what a scare! I hope all is fine, and that you’re healing well. *hug* The cake is lovely with such a combination of flavours – I just love cardamom. (Maryann)

I’m so sorry to read about your injury. The aloe is a miracle plant with burns and I’m glad you are seeing results. (I gave up bikinis long ago, sister! haha) (Swati: Sugarcraft India)

Hello Kate..Hope your hand is feeling better now..
The cake is another lovely creation of yours!
I was there in Botswana from 2003-6.. (Tartelette)

Got my legs burned the same way when I was a kid carrying a kettle of boiling water. The scars go away, eventually. My legs would turn red under hot water in those burnt areas for a couple of years but that too went away.
Cool about the coffee press, I got a set of individual ones and I love them!
Last but not least, the cake looks absolutely wonderful! (Anamika:The Sugarcrafter)

Not the right time to introduce myself but get well soon,you have a nice blog and contents are worth reading with nice pictures. (Stardust)

Hi! Sorry about this but silly me, the Vit E thingy mentioned earlier is a product of Body Shop. I hope you’ve not made a futile trip. Get healed soon! (Dhanggit)

get well soon dear ๐Ÿ™‚ just think of happy thoughts and healing will be faster that way ๐Ÿ™‚

btw, this cake is so divine (Cassandra)

I’m really sorry to hear you got burnt like that… yesterday I also got very slightly burnt, just a few drops of boiling tea on my 2 fingers, & it hurt like hell; so I can only imagine what pain you must have gone through! Glad to hear though that the aloe vera is helping so much… hope it gets better very soon.

Oh and btw: the cake looks fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ (bee)

hugs and healing vibes to you. (Zen Chef)

Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope the Aloe did miracles on you. Goose fat works too! No! don’t try, i just made it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love the cake, the look of it, the flavors, the person who baked the cake too.. oops. Sorry i always get carried away when i come here. hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (eliza)

kajal, i give you an award, check out my blog. (Rachel)

glad that is healing..I call aloe a miracle plant…..and i have planted one in my kitchen..and always carry a tube of this gel..

Awesome cake and it flavours and hugs to you!!! (Pete)

Sorry to hear about your accident.Hope that you will recover soon. I use aloe vera for ingrown toenails infection. Heat up the aloe a bit with fire, then cut out the inner parts, add some cooking salt and wrap it on the infected toenail. As it is very slippery, wrapping it on toenail can be a bit tricky but real effective remedy. (Ana)

Dear Kate,

Hello from Toronto. I am a new visitor here, your site is very nice. I love the shots and the recipes, especially those that you create yourself, such as the jasmine ice-cream. I can sort of imagine how it taste, since I LOVE jasmine tea (orange pekoe).

I hope you are well now ever since the accident. I absolutely LOVE aloe vera. Especially for the hair. It does wonders when you use it daily on the hair.

Keep posting! (Zita)

Hope your wounds heal well now, your cake looks lovely and yummy, kinda rustic looking, superb ๐Ÿ™‚

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