(For 1 single layer round cake or 12 cupcakes @ 350 Degrees for 30-35 min)
Roast the nuts until lightly brown and crush them until finely ground in a food processor. In a large bowl, start adding the rest of the ingredients one at a time. If you don't have any whole cardamom pods or whole fennel seeds (or you are too lazy to peel & crush them yourself), you can use cardamom powder and fennel powder. Bake at 350 degrees for about a half an hour. You will need more time if you are making a round layer cake, and less time if you are making cupcakes. Test by inserting a toothpick- if it comes out clean then the cake is done. Let it cool, and top with a sugar glaze (1 cup powdered sugar, pinch of cardamom powder, 2 + Tbsps water, whisked) and slivered almonds or coconut flakes- or even real silver (like Indian Burfi!) Enjoy!
For a video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co0Xg9NJ4lo
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