November 3, 2014

Kladdkaka - Swedish chocolate cake



This cake is one of those cakes I take for granted somehow. I love it so much but I rarely bake it. Before I started baking like crazy, about 5 years ago, I used to bake two times a year, tops. Two times a year, that's it. And when I did, it was always "kladdkaka" (roughly translated "sticky cake" or "gooey cake" but I'll just call it Swedish chocolate cake). Why kladdkaka then? Well, first of all, it was the only recipe I knew how to make. Second, it's probably the easiest thing you could possibly make, and it's just so darn delicious.You simply have to make this one! And don't forget to serve it with whipped cream (vanilla ice cream is ok as well)!










Swedish chocolate cake  
8-10 servings

One of the most popular Swedish recipes, and one of the easiest as well! My version is flourless which takes the chocolate to another level. For a soft and sticky cake, serve it at room temperature. If you prefer a more dense, chewy cake, serve it cold.  I prefer it cold, with a big dollop of sweetened whipped cream. 

Ingredients
250 g (2 sticks + 1 1/2 tbsp) butter
250 g (8.8 oz) coarsely chopped dark chocolate (70%)
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (100 ml) strong coffee or espresso (or water)
4 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (180 g) sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
pinch of salt

To serve
Powdered sugar
Whipped cream
Milk chocolate curls

Directions
1. Heat oven to 175° (350F). Grease a springform pan (22-25 cm / 8-10 inches) and cover the base with baking paper.
2. Gently melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. When mixture is melted and smooth, stir in coffee, then set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whip eggs, sugar and vanilla until very light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Stir chocolate mixture into egg mixture with a spatula. Stir until smooth. Add a pinch of salt.
5. Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cake cool before removing it from the pan. I prefer the cake when it's been in the fridge for a couple of hours. Dust powered sugar on top.
6. Whip cream with some powdered sugar (to taste) and vanilla powder.
7. To make the chocolate curls, put milk chocolate in a warm place for a few minutes, then use a cheese slicer to make curls.




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62 comments:

  1. Your photos become more and more beautiful ! How are you doing that? By the way I have once also baked this cake, and yes, it so good!!! Here is the link if you are interested http://thisisasweetblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/flourless-swedish-chocolate-cake.html?m=1

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  2. You take such pretty photos, I just can't even. Literally.

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  3. No doubt the cake is good (I also take it for granted) BUT, as I wrote in Instagram this evening, I would like to say something wiser or less repetitive but I can´t... I just can say: I super-super love these/your pictures, especially the one taken from above the table!

    A big hug from Spain,
    Marta (Sweet & Home/La Vida es Dulce)

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  4. Hi Linda, this is a beautiful space, beautiful cake and beautiful photos!

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  5. This is making my mouth water. It also reminds me of a cake recipe I just posted inspired for Scorpio season! Instead of coffee, I used chai and chestnut puree ;)
    http://www.foodbymars.com/home/2014/scorpio-post-birthday-recipe-spiced-chocolate-chestnut-cake

    Love your beautiful beautiful photos... and pre-ordered your book, can't wait! xoxo

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  6. Oh lordy this looks good. Eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate, what more do you need in a recipe. Yum!

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  7. My mouth is drooling! Simply amazing.

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  8. Absolutely perfect! I've always wanted to make a Swedish chocolate cake...definitely need to try yours!

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  9. I adore a good chocolate cake - if it came down to just one cake for me, this would be it. Icing sugar dusting always reminds me of snow, and your photos seem to be from a winter´s tale, so silent, peaceful and of a rustic simplicity that instantly makes me feel at ease…thank you!

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  10. My kind of cake, definitely trying this very soon! Love the mood on the photos, just beautiful...

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    1. Thank you so much Lili! This cake is pretty amazing, and so easy to make!

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  11. What camera do you use? Would love to know.

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    1. I use a Canon eos 5D mark II! :-)

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    2. This cake looks really gorgeous!

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  12. I saw these pictures and now I'm dreaming this cake with open eyes! I'M HUNGRY!!!!!
    Life, Laugh, Love and Lulu

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  13. I love it!
    http://antojoentucocina.blogspot.com.es/

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  14. Everybody loves your pictures as you can read. Of course a good camera helps but the main thing is that you have a unique style. It is like no other syle I have ever seen. Love it!

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  15. This looks so yummy!!! I wanna have some for breakfast. And for lunch, please. And for dinner. And as a snack!

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  16. These photos are simply mesmerizing. Your work is so, so incredibly beautiful, Linda! I could just get lost in it. This cake sounds incredible -- kladdkaka has been on my to-make list for ages and I really need to try it out! Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us! :)

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  17. Kladdkaka <3 One of the best Nordic treats for sure. Lovely photography and styling, Linda!

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  18. Er denne oppskriften på svensk i en av dine bøker?

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  19. Beautiful pictures, like always :) I just noticed that I have exactly the same kind of plates like you, and I bought them in Poland :)

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  20. I love your blog, I think your are an amazing photographer and I love this cake! tried it out yesterday! xo

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  21. it's so good! It's so beautifull..... D

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  22. Hi Linda!
    I'm new here, your blog is gorgeous, love it!
    The recipes, the photos and the styling is pure perfection.
    There are many recipes that I wanna try, especially this one, of course.
    Looks so yummy.
    Thanks y saludos desde Mexico.

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  23. Your photos are beautiful! (och kladdkaka ar min favorit med)

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  24. Thank you for the DELICIOUS recipe!! We tried and really loved it! Many thanks ;)

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  25. This looks so good! Your pictures are beautiful!

    http://mollyandstacie.com

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  26. Me siento atraída por los pasteles de chocolate. Que rico!!
    Blanca de JUEGO DE SABORES

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  27. This cake looks so good and delicious! Anyway your cakes are the most beautiful...!;-)
    Next i have to try this recipe!
    This is my blog at the beginning: http://verylittleswedish.blogspot.de/

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  28. Oh my goodness! Such a rich chocolaty cake!

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  29. When to add the coffee/water?

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    1. Oh! I failed to notice, but anyway I made it without adding the water as I felt the batter was already runny,but still the cake turned out good and tasted absolutely wonderful.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know!

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  30. men jösses. jag sitter på jobbet. Ska lägga in produkter i datorn och bara kika runt liiite.. och så tittar jag in här.. OMg nu är jag så hungrig på din kaka att jag kanske måste köra hem och baka ist :) Kram

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  31. Yep, my husband doesn't eat carbs so I NEVER bake. But this might just happen tomorrow. Thanks!

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  32. Beautiful shots of this cake. I will have to try and make this for my Swedish lovaahhh.

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  33. wonderful pictures and recipe!! Gongrats!

    Sabrina

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  34. hi!
    I finaly found and buy you cake book (in french). i have to said the photos are amazing and all the cakes look so yamy. I want to try evry single one. One of them gone be my niece birthday cake. Hope i cant do it as beautiful as yours.

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  35. Såå vackra Bilder!

    Ska ha en liten julkalender på min blogg med länkar till bakbloggar varje dag. Jag ska även provbaka något från varje bakblogg. Är det okej om jag länkar till din blogg?

    /www.elvafika.blogg.se

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  36. Linda, this looks delicious! The intense flavor of chocolate sounds amazing.

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  37. Hi Linda,
    this is the first time I visited your blog, and I love the atmosphere here... Photographs are just beautiful, for this cake especially...
    Wish you nice evening :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jasmin, I'm so happy to hear that! xo

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  38. Wow, this looks luxurious! I can't wait to try this as an alternative to the Thanksgiving pies this week. Thank you so much for sharing. Mmmmm!

    xo

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    1. Hope you'll like it if you decide to make it! Happy thanksgiving :-)

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  39. hej! har precis hittat din blogg - det är SÅ vackert och jag ser fram emot att läsa mer o mer :)

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    1. Så roligt att du hittat hit! :-* Kram

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  40. I bet this is so good! These flavors are perfection!

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  41. Gjorde den härom dagen och den är såååå god! Helt klart en av de absolut bästa kladdkakorna jag gjort och dessutom naturligt glutenfri :D

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  42. Did anyone try to make this with oil instead of butter? I can not do dairy and was curious to try it dairy free....

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  43. Såå roligt! Vad glad jag blir :-)

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  44. This was such a fantastic recipe! Easy, delicious and elegant. I made it on New Year's Eve and I served it with fresh berries & crème fraîche. Your blog is absolutely beautiful, by the way.

    Happy 2015!

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  45. Hi is there any substitute for vanilla powder that i can use?

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  46. I made this cake a few weeks back together with Eva Kosmas Flores and oh my goodness. We were all floored at it's rich, delicate notes- to say the least it was a hit. Can't wait to republish at some point! Will let you know when the post is released. Thanks for your inspiration! xx

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  47. Sooo good, I baked it for the weekend and served it with vanilla icecream - the whole cake is eaten up already. :)

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  48. such a perfect sticky chocolade cake! thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I just made it this morning and it is sooo good!

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