Icelandic Christmas Cake


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


servings 225 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.7g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 137 mg
  • 5%

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. 9 Ratings


Great recipe! I have made a few times! I used 1 tsp ground cardamon and the grated rind of 1 lemon (I can not find cardamon extract) and it tasted amazing! Thank-you!

Great flavor, but what a mess! The very center was still a tiny bit gooey, and the rest was quite crumbly. I doubled the recipe and made two loaves. Maybe I shouldn't have.

This takes quite a while to bake, but it is well worth it. I was amazed that this was one of the more popular cakes I have ever made! More popular than rich chocolate cakes etc. You will be surp...

perfect for breakfast and so so easy to make! great taste.

This quick bread is simply amazing and very forgiving. I've made it at least 10 times, once with only half the butter, and every time this unassuming cake gets all kinds of praise heaped on it....

This is VERY tasty! I made it for my son's country report and snuck a piece before school. I used ground cardamom (1 tsp) as well and added it to the dry ingredients. The slight taste of lemo...

I am sorry, but this recipe yielded poor results in my kitchen. After 55 minutes in a 350-degree oven this cake came out burnt black and hard as a rock. If I were to make this recipe again I wou...

This is my favorite raisin cake. Easy to bake but also delightful to eat with that terrific Scandinavian flavor of cardamom. A great addition to a collection of Scandinavian baking recipes!

Not sure why people have had problems with this cake..................maybe didn t follow directions. Anyway, love this type of cake the only snag being here is that we do not like cardamon and...