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Finnish Spice Cake Recipe

My husband's parents were from Finland. I used to carefully watch as my mother-in-law made recipes from memory and I would often write down the ingredients and amounts. She has since passed away and I am very thankful that I am able to make and pass on these recipes, such as her delicious "spice cake", to her grandchildren. This cake goes great with tea or coffee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 60 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 grated orange rind
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 tsp baking soda


  • 1. Beat together melted butter and sugar until frothy. Beat eggs, add to mixture. Stir in cream. Combine dry ingredients together and gradually mix with wet ingredients. Stir in ground almonds and grated orange rind. Pour into tube pan that has been greased and dusted with fine bread crumbs.
  • 2. Bake at 350 F for approx. 1 hour. Yield: serves 10

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Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.