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This popular chocolate cake has a crispy top, chewy edges and a soft, rich, gooey centre!
Kladdkaka is absolutely delicious! It means sticky cake in Swedish and is very popular for fika. (In Swedish culture, Fika is part of everyday life, where people make time to get together over a coffee and pastry or slice of cake.)
The kladdkaka is available in most Swedish cafés, but it is also very easy to make at home, requiring only a handful of ingredients and just 20 minutes in the oven. It is baked just long enough to form a crispy exterior, while remaining soft and dense on the inside.
With its chewy exterior and soft middle, it is like a cross between a brownie and a molten lava cake.
This really is a wonderful cake for entertaining!
Simply mix all the ingredients together and bake on the bottom rack for 20 minutes. Oven cooking times may vary, so take care not to over-bake or it will end up dry. The cake is done when the top is firm and cracks under slight pressure.
To make a gluten-free version, ground almonds can be used instead of flour.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar (confectioner’s/icing sugar) and serve warm with a scoop of ice-cream, or chilled with berries.
Kladdkaka can be frozen – wrap the slices individually, then defrost in the fridge. To serve warm, heat for a few seconds in a microwave.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup plain flour
- 3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
- a pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 180℃/350℉. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking dish. Blend the eggs and sugar till smooth.
- Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder together, then add to the egg mixture and mix well. Stir vanilla into the melted butter and fold into the mixture till smooth.
- Pour into the baking dish and bake on the bottom rack for 20 minutes. The top and sides should be firm while the inside is soft and gooey. Allow to cool before turning out onto a plate. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm with a scoop of ice-cream, or chilled with berries.
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