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Chocolate Swedish Cake Recipe

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This easy swedish cake recipe is a fudgey, rich and decadent one bowl dessert that will be your new go-to recipe. Also called Kladdkaka, this sticky cake is reminiscent of a underbaked brownie – gooey center and a crisp crust on the top.

Kladdkaka is a great dessert whether you need a fancy dessert for company or you are having family movie night. With just a few pantry staple ingredients and a few minutes of prep, this easy one bowl chocolate cake recipe is guaranteed to be a favorite. It is so simple that it is perfect for kids to help make (or even bake on their own?).

Kladdkaka cake with piece removed

Kladdkaka Recipe

Kladdkaka is a swedish chocolate cake that is fudgey, rich, and heavenly. Also known as a gooey cake or sticky cake, this cake is a one bowl and one spoon kind of recipe. The best part is that it forms a great crust on the top that really reminds me of a good brownie.

This swedish cake recipe is so simple but so amazing that it will easily become your new “go to” dessert!

collage showing steps to make swedish chocolate cake - preparing pan, mixing batter, adding batter to the pan

How to make Swedish Chocolate Cake

This sticky chocolate cake is an easy dessert recipe that is quick to make!

  1. Prepare a springform pan by greasing it with butter and then placing a round of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan. Grease that, too.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Into the melted butter, stir the rest of the ingredients until combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-30 minutes. This seems like a crazy wild time variation, but you really need to watch it to get the texture right. For this gooey cake, you need the center to be just ever so slightly jiggly. No toothpick test here! Just give the pan a jiggle – you want just a little wiggle!
  5. Cool the cake until just lukewarm, then release the springform pan.
  6. When completely cool, sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. 
  7. Serve warm, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

What to serve with Chocolate Swedish Cake 

Serve this sticky chocolate cake as part of a whole dinner! 

Start with easy Homemade Swedish Meatballs covered in a rich and simple gravy and served with lingonberry preserves, crispy and a cool Swedish Cucumber Salad with plenty of fresh dill that adds fun color and texture to the meal.  

freshly baked swedish chocolate cake with napkin

How to make this Swedish Cake Recipe Kid-Friendly 

Chocolate cake is naturally very kid-friendly! Kids LOVE dessert and chocolate. This cake is fun because it has a really different texture than normal chocolate cake, and a really rich and velvety taste, which helps to expose kids to different kinds of cake.

Table Conversations with Kids about Kladdkaka

Dinner time should be more than micromanaging each and every bite your kids take. Even though dessert isn’t usually a time where picky eating is a problem, you can still use this opportunity to bring in a more analytical way of thinking about and trying food:

  • Talk about the textures of the cake – do they like it warm or cold better? How does it feel in their mouth? Use words like smooth, velvety, thick, and soft. 
  • Talk about the flavors of the cake – Use words like rich, sweet, and chocolatey.
  • Ask questions about what their favorite part of the Swedish Chocolate Cake is – is there anything they would change about it for next time, or would they serve it differently? 

Love chocolate? Try this fun Exploring Chocolate taste testing activity!

swedish chocolate sticky cake on white plate

How to Serve Kladdkaka

This gooey chocolate cake is a great dessert because you can serve it many ways. It is great warm from the oven, where it is gooey and warm. But you can also serve this cake after it has been stored in the fridge, where it turns into an almost fudge-like texture, which is also very decadent. 

Either way, you can serve this sticky chocolate cake with just a good smattering of powdered sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There is no wrong way to enjoy this cake!

chocolate sticky cake with two pieces removed on white platter

Kids in the Kitchen: How Your Kids Can Help You Cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This gooey chocolate cake recipe is great because it helps them practice measuring, mixing, and stirring. They can also practice their knife skills cutting the butter. This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors and textures – which means they are more likely to eat it!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure the ingredients.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you cut the butter into cubes, crack the eggs, and mix the ingredients into the melted butter.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

chocolate sticky cake on white plate with fork

OTHER Nordic:

  • Swedish Chocolate Coconut Balls Also known as Chokladbollar, this easy treat is very simple to make, and the perfect make-ahead dessert that you can do with a child.
  • Red Beet and Apple SaladThis Swedish Beet and Apple Salad is an easy, quick side dish with a lovely pink color. You only need a few ingredients & minutes for this easy beet recipe. 


  • Twice Baked Honey CakesThese twice baked honey cakes are slightly crispy on the outside, but dense and moist on the inside, plus full of amazing honey flavor. 
  • Easy Lemon CakesThese easy lemon cakes are a delightful treat that are perfect for your Game of Thrones party or while watching the show. Dainty lemon cakes topped with a candied lemon and drizzled with lemon simple syrup. 
  • American 17th Century GingerbreadThis easy to make historical 17th century gingerbread cake recipe is flavorful, dense, and moist, and still as perfect today as it was back then.
three pieces of Kladdkaka cake on white plates

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three pieces of Kladdkaka cake on white plates

Chocolate Swedish Cake Recipe

This easy swedish cake recipe is a fudgey, rich and decadent one bowl dessert that will be your new go-to recipe. Also called Kladdkaka, this sticky cake is reminiscent of a underbaked brownie - gooey center and a crisp crust on the top. Inspired by Anna and Elsa from the “Frozen” movie, this is a perfect dessert recipe that kids can bake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: chocolate cake, Easy Dessert Recipe, swedish cake recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Jenni


  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 10 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cups cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease a 8" springform pan with butter and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper cut to size.
  • Cut open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Rub the seeds into the sugar. This helps to release the essential oils and make it more flavorul. If you are substituting vanilla extract, you can skip this step.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Stir in the cocoa powder.
  • Stir in the sugar.
  • Add in the eggs, flour, coffee, and pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  • Pour into the prepared springform pan.
  • Bake for 15-30minutes. Start checking for doneness at 15 minutes and give it 5 minute intervals until the cake is mostly set but still wiggles just a bit when jiggled.
  • Cool, in the pan, on a wire rack fro 30 minutes. Release the springform.
  • Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve.


  • To test for doness, wiggle the pan just a bit and see what the cake does. You want it to be mostly set, but to jiggle just a little in the middle.
  • To store, place in an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To serve, serve either cold from the fridge, or warm each piece individually in the microwave.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g


  1. Sopiya Yasmin says:

    This food tasty. Thank you Jenni.

  2. Martin Akbar says:

    Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This gooey chocolate cake recipe is great because it helps them practice measuring, mixing, and stirring.

  3. Such a great recipe! I loved the subtle coffee flavor.

  4. This chocolate cake looks spectacular. I loved its name. I also loved how you included the conversions and process to cook with kids.

  5. Quick, easy, and fun to make!

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