Icelandic Xmas Cake

    1 hour 10 mins

    Flour, milk, raisins, lemon and cardamom makes this flavourful cake that's festive enough for Christmas and nice enough to be enjoyed for breakfast or tea time.

    52 people made this

    Serves: 15 

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 175g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 300g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 175ml milk
    • 75g golden raisins
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon essence
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease one 28cm loaf tin.
    2. Cream the butter 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 flavourings. 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 greased bread tin and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

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    I made this Icelandic Xmas Cake recipe. A cake was very beautiful. Looking so delicious. Thanks for sharing this nice cake recipe.  -  27 Sep 2017


    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 to the original recipe, once with an extra egg yolk, and once with candied orange peel instead of raisins. All turned out really well. The cake keeps well and can be toasted or used to make "Poor Nights of England," a Brit version of French toast served as dessert. I use golden raisins instead of regular ones.  -  03 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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 instead.  -  04 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)