Here is another blast from the past: Kladdkaka – Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake.
Swedish people love to fika which is basically ‘to have a coffee and cake break’. But it’s so much more, and it might sound like an exaggeration for some of you guys but for Swede’s it’s a state of mind and it’s such an important part of the Swedish culture. I miss this as I haven’t really seen this type of culture anywhere else. It’s lovely – to have an unspoken agreement and ritual where everyone makes time to stop and socialise and enjoy a sip and bite together. The fika culture is implemented everywhere, the work life, social life, private life and I just miss it a lot.
The good thing is that when you miss something you can try to bring it home and that’s just what I did when I baked Sweden’s most popular and beloved cake. It’s extremely easy to make and it’s so delicious as it’s deliberately under-baked to create a sticky middle, hence the word ‘Kladd’ which means ‘sticky’. There are so many varieties and different ways you can bake it but I prefer to have it similar to a store-bought version of this cake from the company ‘Frödinge’. I love their kladdkaka and after baking this cake a few times under lockdown – I finally managed to make it similar to theirs.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and turn out to have a lovely fika. Bon Shabétit!
- 150 g Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 2 dl Granulated Sugar
- 2 dl Plain flour
- 4 tbsp Cacao
- 1 tsp Vanilla Sugar
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Put the oven on 175°C.
- Melt the butter and set it aside.
- Crack the eggs in a large bowl and mix in the sugar. Mix it by hand! Don’t use an electronic whisk – as the cake won’t turn as sticky.
- Mix the dry ingredients and add it to the large bowl and add the melted butter as well.
- Combine it even and pour the batter in a baking pan and bake in the oven for 12 minutes (exact!).
- Sprinkle some icing sugar before serving. I like to serve kladdkaka cold – so I leave it in the fridge for at least an hour but you can serve it hot as well. Add some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and serve it with some berries such as strawberries.