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Alternative names Randalín
Type Cake
Place of origin Iceland
Main ingredients Dough, plum jam

Vínarterta (Icelandic: Vienna cake), also known as Randalín (striped lady cake),[1] is a multi-layered cake made from alternating layers of white vanilla- or cardamom-flavoured shortbread and plum jam, the jam usually including spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.[2][3][4] It originated in Iceland and was brought to Manitoba by Icelandic immigrants to Canada, many of whom settled at New Iceland.[2]

The cake is now better-known in the Icelandic communities in Canada and the United States than it is in Iceland.[5][6] The modern Icelandic cake differs from the traditional cake, with common substitutions for the plum jam including cream or strawberries.[2] In New Iceland, substitutions for the filling are discouraged.[5]

The cake is typically served in rectangular slices with coffee.[5]

The cake's history was the subject of a dissertation for a doctorate by historian Laurie Bertram at the University of Toronto.[5]

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  1. ^ Schoening Diehl, Kari (2012). The Everything Nordic Cookbook. Everything (Cooking). F+W Media. p. 255. ISBN 9781440531866. 
  2. ^ a b c MacIntosh, Cameron (22 December 2016). "How Canadians are keeping this classic 'Icelandic' holiday cake alive". CBC News. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Barber, Katherine (2007). Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language. Oxford University Press Canada. p. 128. ISBN 978-019542707-3. 
  4. ^ Haubert, Judy (2 December 2014). "Northern lights". Saveur. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d Kwong, Matt (24 December 2012). "Don't ask Icelanders how to make their traditional Christmas cake". Maclean's. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Gillmor, Alison (24 November 2012). "Towering torte: However you slice it, vínarterta is cultural symbol and source of debate". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 

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