Cardamom Coffee Bars with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting

Cardamom Coffee Bars is a snack cake flavored with coffee and cardamom then frosted with a sweetened vanilla bean mascarpone frosting and sprinkled with chopped pecans.

Cardamom Coffee Bars with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting

I love little snack cakes and this Cardamon Coffee Bar is no exception. The flavors are perfect for the holiday season. If you are a snack cake fan like me, these Banana Flip Snack Cakes are perfect in the Spring.

I love drinking coffee and eating it too. Especially if it is in dessert form. These are perfect tasty little grab and go cakes. The mascarpone frosting with vanilla bean paste is absolute bliss.

Coffee Cardamom Bars with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting

I love these Coffee Cardamom Bars especially around the Holidays. They are so good and the flavors just go with the season.

3 from 1 vote

Cardamom Coffee Bars with Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Frosting


  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Put instant coffee crystals in the milk and set aside.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in egg.
  4. Mix in the coffee milk mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, cardamom, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until well combined.
  7. Spread evenly into a 13x9 baking pan.
  8. Bake at 350F for 18 - 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely before frosting.
  10. Spread frosting evenly and sprinkle on the chopped pecans.
  11. Using a sharp knife cut into bars. Clean knife blade after every cut.

For the Frosting:

  1. Mix together all the ingredients until well combined.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour before frosting the bars.

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