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01-17-2007, 04:09 PM
i want to make alissa's carrot cake (book just came today) but i don't have cardamom. of these, are any acceptable replacements? i've never tasted cardamom.
01-17-2007, 04:20 PM
Allspice and cloves are good replacements I would think. I've never had her cake before though
01-17-2007, 04:39 PM
thanks, making it later tonight - i will let you know how it turns out
01-17-2007, 05:05 PM
In all honesty, I don't really think you'd miss it...just maybe add a little more of the other spices involved in the recipe. Cardamom has it's own unique flavor, but the plant is related to ginger and I believe I read on this forum once that if you didn't have it you could use a little ginger - but don't quote me on that!
A tip...there have been previous discussions here about the carrot cake and some were kinda disappointed in the overall texture as it's kinda on the mushy side. So, a few of us came up with ways to make it more solid - adding more walnuts and even dehydrating came to mind...see this thread for more info:
01-18-2007, 03:39 AM
I didn't have it either and it was really expensive at Wal-mart, so I just doubled the nutmeg and it turned out fine. I like the nutmeg flavor, so it didn't seem too strong or anything. Dehydrating helped a lot, too.
01-18-2007, 11:21 AM
In my opinion, there's just nothing that tastes like cardamom.... so I guess I disagree with everyone :D
Try it without.. then with ... it's an amazingly exotic taste.
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