A simple and tasty, spongy cake traditionally served with coffee after meals. Swedish dark cake is spiced with cinnamon, cloves and cocoa powder. This easy cake recipe is quick to whip up and bake, try this at your next tea party or coffee klatch.The simplicity of vintage Swedish cookbooks is really appealing to me. The ingredient lists are short and the instructions are...interesting.
In Cooking the Scandinavian Way, Elna Adlerbert chronicles the background & history of Scandinavian cooking in her introduction and the beginning of each chapter. This book is written for the English, it’s like stepping back into a Londoners 1960’s kitchen as they thumb through the simple Scandinavian recipes and recreate traditional foods.
Translating the recipes into modern terminology, temperatures and measurements is a bit of a research dance with Google and my kitchen scale. Leave a comment if I seem to have left out any details such as size of pan etc, I would heart you forever.
Todays recipe is a dark cake known as Svensk Mork Kaka that would typically be served with coffee. Scandinavians drink coffee like the English drink tea. It’s usually served after meals. If you are ever so lucky to be invited to a Scandinavian coffee party, I hear sweet breads and pastries are awaiting you. To ‘Take a break’ or ‘Fika’ in Sweden, usually means a coffee break.
The Swedish Dark Cake has two main variations that I could find. One being an indulgent, rich, chocolatey pudding-like middle cake that would fall apart when cut or the cinnamon, clove, cocoa, spongy cake dusted with confectioners sugar and served with coffee. I KNOW!! I can’t choose either, but I’m going to start with the second one. Chocolate pudding cake will have to wait.
I used a spring form pan because, why not? It can be an easier release when inverting cakes if the cake just doesn’t want to let go. He knows his fate, he will just hang on until you flip that spring.
Have fun with this coffee cake at your next Fika.
Swedish Dark Cake is a spongy coffee cake that is spiced with cinnamon and cloves and kissed with cocoa powder.
3 Tbs butter, divided
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Grease 8 inch cake pan with 1 Tbs butter, coat with breadcrumbs, set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, spices and salt until well blended, set aside.
- Melt remaining butter and place in a large mixing bowl. Add egg and sugar and whisk or mix with electric mixer until well blended. Add milk then add dry ingredients slowly until well incorporated. Pour batter into cake form and bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool before turning out, dust with powdered sugar.
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