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A taste of Iceland: Enjoy home-made 'jólakaka' with your coffee

By Staff

  • Jólakaka Despite its seasonal name, jólakaka (Christmas cake), this cake is enjoyed all year around. Photo/Gæðabakstur

Q: My Icelandic mother used to make Icelandic cakes called jólakaka and kleinur. I’ve lost the recipes—could you help me?

A: Despite its seasonal name, jólakaka (Christmas cake), this cake is enjoyed all year around. It’s a dry cake full of tasty raisins.

100 g butter

125 g sugar

2 eggs

200 g flour

2.5 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp lemon juice  

½ cup milk 

½ cup raisins

Whip sugar and butter together until it turns light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon juice. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Finally, stir in the raisins. Place into a baking form and bake at 175 degrees Celsius (347 Fahrenheit) for one hour. 

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