culinary review

Swedish Chocolate Sticky Cake - Kladdkaka

Last Modified: 11/10/11
First Published: 11/10/11
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In Sweden, this sticky chocolate cake, commonly referred to as "Kladdkaka" is very popular. Many coffee shops there serve this cake and people enjoy baking it since it's very quick and easy to make and it doesn't require too many ingredients. And best of all: it's divinely sticky, gooey, chewy and delicious.

The one thing with chocolate sticky cake is you really have to let it sit for at least an hour after baking it, otherwise it appears more to be unbaked cake and it won't set up at all. If you eat it directly out of the oven, it will be a big chocolate mess without any structure whatsoever, so it's important to let it set before eating.

You could enjoy this cake slightly warm, or cold from the fridge. Either way, you really need a generous serving of whipped cream to go with it. Another thing that's really nice is to serve it with some kind of tart or acidic fruit or berries to offset the sweetness of the cake. Here we served the cake with some fresh pomegranate seeds, however some raspberries, blackberries or strawberries would also be really nice.

All in all this is a rather elegant dessert, even though it's ridiculously simple to make. If you're looking for something that's really quick and easy to make, won't generate too many dishes to wash and that's a real crowd-pleaser, then this would be a perfect cake to bake.

Swedish Chocolaty Sticky Cake - Kladdkaka


  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Set the oven to 300 degrees. Butter an eight inch pie dish (ideally one with a removable rim, but a set pan such as a pyrex will work also.)

In a bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and the eggs. You can just stir the eggs together with a wooden spoon, no need to use a mixer. Add the flour mixture to the eggs and sugar, combine quickly without overdoing it. Add the melted butter and the vanilla and stir until combined.

Pour the batter into the pie dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. At this point it will still look undone, and the center will have set slightly. Don't bake it anymore! Take it out and allow to cool for at least an hour.

Decorate with powder sugar and serve with whipped cream.