This is a delicious twist on your classic vanilla cake. Cardamom has a heavenly scent that will make your kitchen smell wonderful!
If you don't consume alcohol, substitute half-and-half for the brandy (or 2 tablespoons half-and-half + 2 tablespoons vanilla extract).
To get clean slices when cutting the cake, use a long, sharp knife. Run it under hot water, wipe it dry and immediately cut one slice in a straight down, non-sawing motion. Don’t pull the knife up, pull it straight out toward you. Then repeat the process for the other side, starting with the hot water.
Also, Italian meringue buttercream can be a finicky thing. I've run into issues with it breaking in the past if the environment isn't perfect. Read my article with tips on how to solve common buttercream issues