Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake

By Shannon, Homegrown Provisions

The soft light of dawn peaked through the frost-laced window, bestowing a rosy pink glow across the room. Before I could make my way to put the kettle on, the smell of sweetly aromatic rose and cardamom greeted me like an unraveling bloom, radiating into the world just as the morning sun rises and warms. The air already tasted sweet, spicy and slightly floral.

Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 55
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals (culinary grade), plus more for topping
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups 1-to-1 gluten free flour (I used this brand.)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp blood orange juice
  • blood orange slices (optional for garnish)
Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a loaf pan with a little vegan butter. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, add the sugar and rose petals, and gently pulse until rose petals are well incorporated.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flax eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Fold ingredients to mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom. Then add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Loaf batter will be thick.
  • Transfer the mixed batter to the loaf pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake cardamom rose loaf cake for 50-55 minutes. (Oven temperatures may vary.) Remove from the oven and let the cake cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. After which, use a butter knife along the edges of the loaf pan and remove the cake. Continuing to cool on the loaf cake on the cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.
  • While the loaf cake is cooling, make the blood orange frosting. In a high-speed food processor, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and blood orange juice. Whirl away until smooth and creamy.
  • Use an icing spatula to gently spread a thin layer of the blood orange icing on top of the cooled rose cardamom loaf cake. Top the loaf cake with dried rose petals and blood orange slices for garnish.
  • Slice and enjoy the cake with a cup of your favorite tea.


This recipe makes more icing than you’ll likely need. I prefer a thin layer of icing on my loaf cake, but if you like it thick, feel free to spread more on top!
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Cake Magazine: Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake
Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake
Half cake, half quick bread, this rose cardamom and blood orange loaf cake makes for an excellent breakfast, brunch or dessert addition to any Valentine’s Day table.
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