Danish Christmas Cake Recipe

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This festive cake slices into beautiful torte-like layers—just right for the holidays.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) macaroons, crushed
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) currant jelly
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 348 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in macaroons. Cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with half of pudding mixture. Top with another cake layer; spread with jelly. Top with another cake; spread with remaining pudding mixture. Top with remaining cake.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Frost top and sides of cake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Danish Christmas Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p90

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