Icelandic Christmas Cake Recipe -

Icelandic Christmas Cake

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

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Original recipe makes 1 - 11inch loaf pan Change Servings


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2002

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!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 27, 2007

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.


9 Ratings

Dec 17, 2007

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 surprised how wonderfully it turns out and tastes! Wonderful cake! Thank you!

Oct 08, 2005

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

Oct 17, 2006

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. And it's a fantastic alternative to banana and zucchini breads, and even easier.

Dec 18, 2008

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 lemon suits it very well. The texture is so moist, though very crumbly to cut. A good sharp bread knife would work best I think.

Nov 20, 2008

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 would bake it for about 30-35 minutes, tops.

Dec 23, 2007

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!


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  • Calories
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 9.7 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 137 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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