No need to travel up north to try these authentic Swedish cakes — you can easily make them all in your own kitchen! Make sure you have a cup of coffee or tea ready!
Aside from the usual flour, sugar, and eggs, it would help to have these Swedish baking staples in your kitchen for making these traditional cakes from Sweden:
- Almond paste. No need to buy it; you can easily prepare your homemade almond paste.
- Ground cardamom. If cardamom seeds are easy to purchase in your area, I suggest you buy them instead and ground them yourself when needed.
Don’t worry; if you are into authentic Swedish desserts and fika pastries, you will surely use these two staples as well.
So, let’s start with Swedish cakes for special occasions!
Swedish Cakes for Holidays
Locally known as ‘midsommartårta‘ or midsummer cake, this layered Sweedish cake is a must for celebrating the country’s biggest holiday — midsummer’s day.
It is also the season for excellent fresh strawberries, so they always go hand in hand.
Some use jam for the filling, while others use macerated strawberries — as seen in this Swedish midsummer cake recipe.
A moist sponge cake that’s subtly flavored with saffron, Swedish saffron cake is ubiquitous as soon as Advent kicks-off.
Like lussekatter or saffron buns, you will see it in bakeries, gatherings, or even in the cake sections of big supermarkets.
While this saffron cake has a bit more butter than your usual sponge cake, it does not overpower the saffron’s flavor and aroma — simply delicious.
Classic Swedish Cakes
Also called ‘tosca cake‘, this Swedish almond caramel cake is a famous treat for fika or coffee break.
Glazed with caramelized almond flakes, the crunch and hint of bitterness from the almonds in every bite will definitely have you reaching for a second slice.
At first glance, this flavorsome cardamom cake looks so plain.
But there is nothing ordinary about its taste — it’s a perfect balance of ground cardamom, sugar, and butter on every bite.
You don’t just taste the spice; you smell it as soon as your Swedish cardamom cake is halfway done in the oven.
So start preparing your coffee or tea as well.
Swedish Almond Paste Mini Cakes
Known locally as ‘mumma,’ these are addictive mini cakes that will give you an almond cake with almond paste in every serving.
But there’s more! Each almond paste cake is coated with ground cardamom, so if you have yet to try that combo, you’re in for a surprise.
Almond cardamom cakes — absolute perfection. 🙂
Known as ‘Swedish sticky chocolate cake‘ outside Sweden because you guessed it — the inside of the cake is sticky.
The key to making this classic Swedish cake is to have a perfect balance of sweet and bitter for the sticky cake.
Plus, make sure you don’t overcook it, so keep a close eye on your kladdkaka the first time you prepare it — just to get a feel of how it works for your oven.
After that, you will surely make it regularly, because it’s unbelievably easy for something as delicious. 🙂
This traditional Swedish almond cake recipe does not skimp on almonds.
It uses almond flour, and it’s topped with blanched almond flakes — so you get the unmistakable aroma and flavor of almonds.
Always a winner with family and friends!
This one has got a LOT of names:
- Swedish chocolate coconut cake
- mocha squares
- chocolate and coffee squares
Regardless of what you want to call this classic Swedish cake, three things remain the same:
- It’s a chocolate sponge cake
- With a thin layer of chocolate icing
- Sprinkled with desiccated coconut
So if you like those things, you will definitely love this Swedish coffee cake!
Have you decided which traditional Swedish cake you would like to try first? Then, go ahead and let me know which is your favorite!
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