Icelandic Christmas Cake

Icelandic Christmas Cake


"A good everyday cake (my grandfather loves it)."


servings 240 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  • Calories:
  • 240 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 33.9g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 146 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 11 inch loaf pan.
  2. Cream the butter or margarine and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at time beating well after each one. Stir in the milk, lemon and cardamom flavorings. Stir in the flour and the baking powder.
  3. Sift a little flour over the raisins then stir them into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes.
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  1. 32 Ratings


I love Scandinavian cooking, so I couldn't wait to try this loaf cake. I could not find cardamom flavoring and so used 1 tsp. cardamom spice instead. I have made this three times. Once according...

Wonderful cake! I was just in Iceland and had a cake very similar. Thanks for sharing! One tip: don't worry about trying to track down cardamom extract - just use 1/2 tsp cardamom powder inst...

I wanted muffins, so I added a 1/2 t. more baking powder and added milk until the consistency was a little less thick than the original recipe made. I also used currants soaked in tea instead o...

Very good. My family is Icelandic and my Amma used to make something very similar, a nice change from vinetarta...

it's great! I love it! But I added apricot and walnuts and doubled the amount of raisins, I wanted it to be rich.

Used my basic recipe for the basis to this but used the flavourings and it was oh, so yummy! Made cardamon extract by soaking about 5/6 crushed green cardamons in hot water and added this. Will ...

This cake is delicious, tastes just like Christmas cake should! However, we cannot find an 11 inch pan, used a standard 9 inch and cooked it a little longer. Still had a gooey center but we ate ...

Very good, I used 1 tsp of ground cardamom since I couldn't find the extract and next time I will add 1 tsp of the lemon extract. Very easy to make and tasted great!

Very nice. I ground some cardamom just before adding it. And instead of using dried fruits I just added a handful of roasted almond pieces. The batter tasted very lemony, but I couldn't taste ...