Cardamom Christmas Cake

    1 hour 15 minutes

    Believe it or not this loaf cake recipe comes from Iceland, where it is served at Christmas. You'll want to make it more often than that!

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    Serves: 15 

    • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
    • 185g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 3/4 cups (345g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 cup (200ml) milk
    • 1/2 cup (90g) sultanas
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon essence
    • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom flavoured essence, or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, or to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease one 28cm loaf pan.
    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 sultanas then stir them into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

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    Used different ingredients. 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 instead.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. it's great! I love it! But I added apricot and walnuts and doubled the amount of sultanas, I wanted it to be rich.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. I wanted muffins, so I added a 1/2 tsp. 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 of sultanas. They came out perfect. The flavour is unique and delicate. It was just what I was looking for, something light, refreshing and different than your usual muffin fare. I would use this recipe again.  -  18 Jul 2008