Fika is one of the most time-honored traditions in Sweden. You can fika morning or afternoon. You can fika with friends, family, and colleagues – at home or in a quaint cafe. While you can fika with just coffee or tea, it’s made all the better with the addition of a cinnamon roll or slice of cake. Most importantly, think of fika as a chance to take a break and spend some quality time with someone.
For DIS students, fika can be one the most talked-about highlights from their time abroad – sharing cozy moments with their Homestay, Visiting Host, and/or new friends throughout the week. These days, as coronavirus pushes societies into social distancing, Swedes are having fika virtually.
Sticky Chocolate Cake, or Kladdkaka in Swedish, is the perfect addition to any fika. Take a slice of Sweden home with you with this recipe!
Sticky Chocolate Cake
Adapted from the recipe of Isabell Dabergott, DIS Student Worker
(Serves 8 to 10)
Butter, for pan
Flour, for pan
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, to garnish
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Lightly grease an 8- or 9-inch springform pan with butter; dust pan with flour and knock out the excess. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper. Lightly grease and flour the parchment paper and knock out excess.
In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy. In a second medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Fold the sifted dry ingredients into the sugar and egg mixture until combined. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place pan in oven and bake for approximately 17 to 20 minutes being careful not to overbake. A perfect kladdkaka is soft in the middle, but not runny once it
Let cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cool, unmold the cake and dust with powdered sugar.
Slice and serve with a side of whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.