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 1 vote
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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  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I love Brenda’s blog too! She is one talented lady (like you!)
    I love the sound of this cake…easy, impressive and a gooey center. I’m IN! Pinned!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much!

  • Gisele says:

    Sounds yummy! No where near Swedish but that’s okay. What needs to be done to “prepare” the pie plate? Spray it with a non stick spray?

    • Amanda says:

      People prepare dishes for baking so differently… you can butter, butter and flour, butter and coat with cocoa powder, spray with baking spray, use goop, line with parchment, line with wax paper, use parchment and butter… it seems that the ways people prepare their pans are endless! So I just recommend that you do what you prefer. 🙂

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    I’m dying over that gooey center! Pinning!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    This looks unreal!!!!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Dinner with friends is indeed the best! I always love trying fun new recipes when I have the girls over. A good sticky cake sounds like a great plan!

  • Monica says:

    I think I’m in love! It could be better than a brownie. And for me, the more gooey – the better!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Haha, that’s too funny! This cake looks so unbelievably good — look at that oozing chocolate! Pinning for sure!

  • Angelica says:

    Looks like a wonderful desert to serve warm during the winter 🙂 I will definitely be trying this recipe soon!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, I love that you had Brenda’s family over. . that’s so awesome!! love this sticky cake and love the story behind it. . 🙂 and I’d be all over that runny and gooey center. and I still have the ingredients for your peanut butter butterscotch bark on my counter. yesterday was crazy and I ran out of time.

  • pam (Sidewalk Shoes) says:

    I don’t care what nationality you are, this looks like a wonderful (and easy) dessert!!

  • ATasteOfMadness says:

    This looks amazing!! Is it bad that I am craving this at midnight?

  • Allie | Baking a Moment says:

    Oh my gosh this looks phenomenal! I’m loving that contrast of textures. Norwegian, Swedish, I don’t care. Give me all the kladdkaka!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    I love that you and Brenda are such good friends! This cake looks incredible too. I love those simple ingredients!

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    Ooh this looks so delicious and the recipes so simple too!

  • Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious says:

    This looks delicious! I’m definitely not Swedish, but I bet it’s amazing anyway 🙂

  • Chichi says:

    This cake looks seriously delicious. Love how gooey it is

  • Kelly says:

    I love the story behind this cake, it looks incredibly delicious!! Swedish or not, I’m sure Brenda loved every bite and I would too! Mmm just look at that gooey center!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    Sounds like a Swedish version of a lava cake. How fun that you and Brenda got together.

  • Sarah says:

    I love the ooey-gooey center of this cake, and how luxurious it looks while having such a simple ingredient list. Very lovely ! I’m sure Brenda loved this!

  • Sheila says:

    This looks marvelous!! So fun that you were able to have Brenda and her family over! You are both pretty amazing in my book!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    I love hearing about real life blogger friendships! I’ve actually had a kladdkaka before and loved it but never had the recipe, so now I can’t wait to make it!!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    1. Having friends over – especially blog friends – is the BEST. 2. This cake is gorgeous. 3. I need it. NOW!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    Oh god this sticky cake looks so gooey and delicious. Your pictures have just got my mouth watering – pinned!

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    I love how gooey the center of this cake looks. Delicious!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    I have been WAITING for you to share this recipe, YAY! It was so delicious. Thank you for your sweet words. And this recipe!! 🙂