Kladdkaka – Sweden’s Favorite Chocolate Cake

In Pastries by Skjalden

Kladdkaka is a beloved Swedish chocolate cake, famous for its sticky center and intense chocolate flavor. This cake is different because it’s made without baking powder, which makes it very dense and moist, unlike other cakes. The ingredients are basic: flour, eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa powder, making it an easy treat for anyone to bake.

The beauty of Kladdkaka lies in its simplicity and the contrast between the crisp edges and the soft middle. It’s usually served with something light like whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to balance the richness, or with raspberries for a tart contrast.

The exact origin of Kladdkaka is unclear, but it’s thought to have come about during times when baking powder was scarce in Sweden, like during World War II. This necessity led to the creation of a dense cake that has since become a national favorite.

The name “Kladdkaka” translates to “sticky cake,” which perfectly describes its gooey texture. Recognizing its popularity, Sweden even designated November 7th as Kladdkaka Day, a testament to its place in Swedish hearts.

Kladdkaka stands out for its versatility. There are countless recipes available, each with slight variations, so you can easily find one that suits your taste. Some prefer using melted dark chocolate for a richer flavor, while others stick to cocoa powder for a more traditional taste.

What’s special about Kladdkaka is not just its flavor but also its approachability. You don’t need to be a professional baker to make it. The process is straightforward, with no fancy equipment or techniques required. Plus, it’s quick to make, meaning you can satisfy your chocolate cravings without too much wait.

To add a touch of freshness, many enjoy topping their Kladdkaka with berries such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. This not only adds a colorful contrast but also introduces a delightful tartness that complements the cake’s deep chocolate flavor.

Photo credit: Erik Borälv