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Swedish Saffron Cake

An easy cake recipe for the holidays! Swedish Saffron Cake (Saffranskaka), is a moist and deliciously soft cake that tastes even better the day after (if there’s any left). Great for breakfast, snack or dessert! (VIDEO ABOVE)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 10
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 200 grams butter, melted (about 1 cup melted)
  • 1/2 gram saffron (about 1/8 tsp)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
  • 250 ml milk (about 1 cup), warm
  • 340 grams all-purpose flour (about 2 cups, of which 1 cup heaping)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • powdered sugar, optional
  • sliced almond, optional


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Butter and sprinkle breadcrumbs on an 8-inch (to 10-inch) baking pan.
  • Crush the saffron threads with a teaspoon or with mortar and pestle. When using a teaspoon, add a bit sugar to provide additional friction.  
  • Pour some warm milk on the saffron and mix. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Mix.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk sugar and eggs. Add melted butter, saffron mixture and remaining milk. Mix to combine.
  • Add flour and baking powder into the egg mixture. Mix until mixture is thoroughly combined.
  • Pour mixture on a greased baking pan. Use a spatula to even out the top, if needed.
  • Place baking tin in the middle of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the sides of the cake is pulling away from the tin.
  • Let cake cool down. Remove cake from the baking tin.
  • Top with powdered sugar, and some almonds (or other preferred nuts), if desired.
  • Serve.



Calories: 322kcal