I do not know what else to say but this is one of the f****ing delicious cake I have ever tasted. This recipe is for keeps!!!
It's crunchy inside and out but moist and fluffy too.
TIP: I buy imported spices like cardamom when on clearance. Actually, I buy most gourmet ingredients (including the black sesame seeds here) when on clearance and dirt cheap.
And that's the reason why I was able to make this after 2 years of dreaming to make it.
1 ½ T cardamom powder (read procedure below)
1/4 c black sesame seeds, pulverized
3/4 c butter
1 c sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1 t baking soda
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3/4 c milk
2 T vinegar
2/3 c almond meal
1/4 cup whole black sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a 1.5 lb metal loaf pan with parchment paper or brush with oil then sprinkle with flour. Tap off excess flour.
Crush and pound cardamom, remove husk; continue pounding to pulverize it (powder), set aside
Pulverize black sesame seeds manual or using an electric grinder; set aside
Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer; add cardamom powder and powder black sesame seeds. Beat to combine well.
Add eggs, beat until well combined.
Stir in dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt); beat to combine well.
Add wet ingredients (milk, vinegar); mix well.
Add almond meal; mix
Fold in whole black sesame seeds using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
Pour equally in the prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 12 minutes at 400° F. Lower to 375° F and continue baking for 15-20 minutes or until center is baked through to the bottom using a toothpick or barbecue stick.
Cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and set on a cooling rack. Best enjoyed with coffee, tea or hot cocoa.