swedish sticky cake {kladdkaka}

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on November 28, 2014

This authentic Swedish dessert is a fantastic combination of texture and rich chocolate flavor!

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}

Kladdkaka {Swedish Sticky Cake}

There are not many things I enjoy more than good food, good friends, and great chocolate desserts.

The story of this dessert is a short one, but it bears repeating if only to make you smile at my silliness.

My husband and I were finally able to pin down a date for some friends to visit.

Well, I am not so much of a cook. In fact, I am a terrible cook. But I really wanted to make something delicious for Brenda and her family and something that was significant to our family. We planned a big dinner that my husband was going to grill… but dessert was where I was focused.

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}


See, I have this little baking blog and people sort of assume that when they come over I will bake for them.

Usually, they assume that I will bake something that tastes good for them.  It’s a lot of pressure.  (Mostly pressure I put on myself, but you know.)

So I did some research and tried to find a dessert recipe that was not only delicious, but that was significant to my family’s heritage.

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}

After many hours of research, I found this delightful Swedish dessert called a Kladdkaka. So I made one for practice and fell in love. It’s delicate, refined and simple. (SO simple.  You cannot mess it up!) It is one of those desserts that delights you in its ability to showcase the raw flavor of good chocolate, but also entices you with the contrasting textures of a crispy and flakey crust on an ooey gooey bed of chocolate deliciousness.

This was the dessert I would serve.

It was perfect!  Delicious and significant.

There was only one problem.

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}

I am not Swedish.

And I have no idea why I thought I was.  I am Norwegian however, so maybe that explains it.

It’s a good thing this is so darn delicious, or I might have been even more embarrassed!

PRO TIP:  This dessert is meant to be served with a very runny and gooey center.  Don’t be alarmed when you cut into it and see that it appears “raw”!

5 from 4 votes
Swedish Sticky Chocolate Dessert {Kladdkaka}
Swedish Sticky Cake {kladdkaka}
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
1 hr
Total Time
50 mins

This authentic Swedish dessert is a fantastic combination of texture and rich chocolate flavor!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Swedish Sticky Cake {kladdkaka}
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted and cooled slightly
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150 degrees C). Prepare an 8-inch pie plate.

  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt then set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs into the sugar until smooth. (About five minutes on medium speed in stand mixer or a hand-held mixer on high)

  4. Add the flour mixture, and stir by hand just until combined.

  5. Pour in the vanilla extract and melted butter; stir until well combined.
  6. Pour into prepared pie plate.
  7. Bake on the lower rack of oven for 35 minutes, or until the center has slightly set.
  8. Allow cake to cool for 1/2 hour in the pie plate.

Just for fun… here is kladdkaka in 15 seconds!

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  • Kimi says:

    I love this. 😀 looks so yum.

  • Dani @ The Adventure Bite says:

    Ahh now I need cake and its only 6 am here. I may have to make this for after dinner tonight. Yum!

  • CakeSpy says:

    I’d bake this just so I could use the name in conversation. A LOT. It looks lovely, which makes it all the better!

    • Amanda says:

      Because people like to say kaka.

  • Maria Nilson says:

    This is my favourite cake when you have unplanned company. It’s THE easiest cake ever!
    – but then I’m swedish so I might be bias 🙂
    I would like to make a suggestion (if I may) and that’s to serve it hot, straight out of the oven with vanilla ice-cream…
    – Heaven!
    (and if you want to, you can top it off with some melted chocolate with nuts, or make a salted caramel toffe topping, or just a simple chocolate sauce with a sprinkling of seasalt on top – the variations are endless)

    Love from a cold and rainy Sweden

  • Patty says:

    This was awesome!!! I baked it in a 9″ glass pie dish since I didn’t have the 8″ size and several reviewers on the allrecipes.com site said it worked fine in the larger pan.

  • Petra says:

    You can even do cokies like this cake! So good you cant sopp eating them!

  • Priscilla Petruzzi says:

    I am part Swedish and part Portuguese. This recipe is splendid! I intend to perform a practice run before the holidays, although I have already decided to bring this dish to our Thanksgiving celebration!
    Thank you🥰

  • Lois Dreher says:

    Would love this sticky cake receipe . Do you have a cook book out?

  • Margaret Roberts says:

    I have made this twice, it is very yummy.

  • Theresa Javier says:

    I loved this recipe! So easy and and the same time so delicious! I did tweak the recipe by adding a tablespoon of whiskey and i cooked it for 20 mins at 300 degrees then an additional 5-7 mins at 350. I think next time I will bake at 325 degrees for 25 mins!

  • Callie says:

    I will definitely make this….i am Norwegian too. Wondering if you make lefse???

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Of course!! We LOVE Lefsa!

  • NC says:

    sending love to sweden, my favorite country and my “hometown”

  • Leslie says:

    The instructions say to prepare a pie plate. And thats it. Does it mean to greas and flour?

  • Wanda Graham says:

    This is the same recipe you gave for home made brownies except for an extra bit of sugar. Just made the brownies. Won’t fall for this recipe again.

  • Dimitra says:

    I will surely make this cake!
    Thank you for sharing!

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