Swedish Chocolate Cake (revisited) – 5 ingredients, 40 minutes (+ Video)

August 11, 2012 · 73 comments in Cake

Ever since I posted this cake about a year ago, I’ve been feeling guilty about it. This poor cake had no justice, my lack-luster photo and the fact it was such an old post meant that it sat in the corner of my blog, basically alone. No body knew how AMAZING it is! It’s easy, simple and super fast to make. It’s fancy enough to serve as dessert, and simple enough to throw together in under an hour.

Check out the video below (don’t worry, there’s no awkward talking involved, just a rogue blurry bit of me dancing, plus you get to listen to music AND see this molten-fudge chocolate cake getting sliced!!)

Direct Link {Swedish Chocolate Cake from Izy Hossack on Vimeo.}
or a direct link {on youtube, if you prefer}

This cake is also known as Kladdkaka, which literally means Sticky Cake.

Now, I get it..sticky…uh…yeah okay I guess so, but I would say more like ‘super delicious, gooey, molten chocolate brownie’ cake.

And it really is how I described it all that time ago – a perfect cross between a molten chocolate cake and a fudge brownie; the edges get chewy, the top is crisp, and the centre is pure molten chocolate goo.

Now seriously, you have like ten minutes right? Okay, so actually, actually move your body into the kitchen. Mix up this cake batter and shove it into the oven.

Then there’s around 30 minutes to wait for the cake. Go paint your nails, re-watch the tutorial video above, or maybe catch up on half an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Yeah. No more than half the episode. No, stop…stop. Don’t get caught up looking at McSteamy, noo you’ll over bake the cake!

This cake does not want to be over baked.
It needs to be gooey in the middle, and crispy on top.
It needs to be eaten preferably, while watching the rest of that Grey’s Anatomy episode, with a cup of tea.

Make a reference to the above photo. See, delicious, thin crispy top. Molten centre.

ALSO, make sure you don’t skip or skimp on the powdered sugar; if you do, as my friend Sarah put it, “It will be a fail.”

(p.s. did you notice that in the first photo, the black ‘moustache things’ are actually vanilla beans? Yeah, I forget that I’m not too skilled at photoshop, and a bit over-ambitious quite often)

Notes

-The baking time stated in the recipe below has a super large range; this is because it depends on the size of your cake pan, my 6″ pan took about 40 minutes, however a larger cake pan will require a smaller baking time. In my mum’s family recipe book, the original recipe says 35 minutes – HOWEVER,  you seriously need to make sure you check on your cake at around the 20 or 25 minute mark. It’s supposed to still be gooey in the center when you take it out of the oven – none of this ‘clean toothpick’ business unless you want to end up with a disappointing, dry cake!!!!!

Swedish Chocolate Cake

10 tbsp (5oz / 135g) salted butter
1/2 cup (2 oz / 55g ) cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup (12.5 oz / 350g) sugar  + 2 tsp vanilla sugar*
1 cup (4.6 oz / 130g) flour
3 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C), butter and flour a 6″ to 8″ cake pan, it needs to be quite deep.
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the grease cake pan, and bake for 20-40 minutes (SEE NOTES!!!!!).

Let the cake cool in it’s pan, then run a dull knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack**. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm.

*you can substitute the 2 tsp of vanilla sugar for 2 tsp of vanilla extract
**I like do do this once the cake is completly cool and so is less fragile, then I can turn it out upside-down, straight into my hand, then place it right side up back on the wire rack

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M e k i August 11, 2012 at 1:19 am

yum yum yum! i like the idea of goo inside + brownie-like. all goodness in one!

p.s
you made me dance.

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izy August 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

Exactly!

Yesss, that makes me happy, haha!

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Cannella Vita August 11, 2012 at 2:42 am

Adorable video! Plus I am OBSESSED with your outfit :) so cute!

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izy August 11, 2012 at 2:44 am

thanks Erica!! :D I haven’t talked to you in aggess, I’ll e-mail you later x

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Magda August 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I love your video and the music you chose was great, I felt like dancing to it.

This time you did the cake justice, your photos are beautiful. I will give it a try!

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Csilla August 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

hey Izy! I just fell in love with your blog! The video is sooo creative! Let alone how wonderful that cake looks! I am so gonna try it out soon :) Oh and ps: loved your rings :P

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Heather Clancy August 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

oooh! Looks amazing!

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Spencer August 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

Looks absolutely fantastic! I would love to try some.

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wallflourgirl August 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

Goyte should hire you to do his next music video :) how artsy! As for eating this over an episode of Grey’s Anatomy…maybe. Doubt it’ll last me the entire 60 minutes though, so I might have to watch–I don’t know–an episode of Spongebob instead?

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izy August 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

hahaha, I know he’s been painted with with triangles and all, but he might get mad if I start dusting powdered sugar all over his body :/ I know, I have a bad habit of eating dessert while watching things like Grey’s Anatomy or CSI, not the best combo (espesh with a gooey dessert…that can be just ew). Spongebob seems a lot better, BUT make sure that you’re not shovelling this cake into your mouth when inhaling/laughing, the powdered sugar…well, it’s not fun, trust.

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Jessie August 14, 2012 at 1:01 am

Whoa. That looks like I want to stick my face in it. Yum!

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Hillary Miller August 14, 2012 at 4:32 am

Gosh!
We really love the way you shot Swedish Chocolate Cake
You are really not just a food blogger, we think that you are a professional food photographer.

As a food photography site, we’re always looking for best food pictures to feature on our site http://www.foodporn.net/

Why don’t you submit yours and make other people hungry.
You know it’s fun to make others hungry. Especially when they are so hungry they finally want to create your recipe. :)
It is worth the try. :)
Thanks!

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Mimmi August 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

Ooh, I love kladdkaka (I’m a Swede, so, of course), and this looks beautiful! Now I’m craving some. :) Good thing it’s so easy to whip up….

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Annika (douxflavor.tumblr.com) August 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

This cake looks amazing – love the goey middle of the cake! The confectioner’s sugar makes such a wonderful contrast on the pictures!

- Annika

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seLLe August 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Stumbled on your blog from foodgawker! Your Swedish CHocolate Cake looks amazing and easy to make! Also, your vid makes it even more amazing!

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candice August 18, 2012 at 5:40 am

nice work. Love the video, love the idea of the cake….but mostly really…love the video. seriously nice work.

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izy August 18, 2012 at 11:25 am

thanks!! The video really does take a lot of time and effort, so I appreciate it so much that you loved it :)

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Amy Davis-O'Malley August 31, 2012 at 3:52 am

This was amazing-super easy and so perfect! Thanks for posting, I have a feeling ths will be my go to dessert for a while!

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izy August 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

thanks! It’s always good to hear from people who make my recipes :D omg, I know, it’s one of the best things ever.

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M August 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I am making this right now for my boyfriend’s birthday and he HAS NO IDEA hehe! (but I licked the spoon already, and I know I know!) :)

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izy August 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm

haha, he’s very lucky! Don’t worry, YOU DESERVE THAT CAKE BATTER :)

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Becky BakesWell September 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

Just found your blog from a link on Sainsbury’s website. Love the Swedish chocolate cake video and will now be a regular reader! Reckon my fella will love the chocolate cake – will let you know how it works out. :) I’ve got a baking blog too – called Becky BakesWell. Pop on over if you like. x

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izy September 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I just discovered that link the other day, I was pretty excited to say the least! Awesome, thanks, I’ll check it out!

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Aude September 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hey!
Thank you for sharing the recipe and the awesome video. It almost looks too easy to be true.
Making it for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday! :)
XOXO from Switzerland

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izy September 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

No problem! It really is so little effort for such a good return!! Hope you enjoy the cake :)

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fulvia September 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Hi, I’m new here and I follow you from Rome, Italy.
I appreciate your recepies but above all your pics, really great!
I’ll try to do the Swedish chocolate cake. Thanks for sharing

ciao dalla bella Roma

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Izy September 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Cool!! No problemo x

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Vanessa September 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Featuring this recipe on my blog! My pictures aren’t as gorgeous as yours, but I was completely distracted! :p

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Izy September 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

awesomeeee, thanks :)

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Anna October 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Oh I love sticky chocolate cake!! Love pictures too! I’m featuring some Swedish cinnamon buns at the moment over on my blog which are t.d.f! Have a peek if you want :)

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Ago October 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

OMG! I loooove this cake!!!! :-D Delicious video!

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best Chocolate cake recipe December 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

this is so good i relly enjoy this thank so much

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Corinna | kitchenklatsch.com December 7, 2012 at 1:48 am

Last year I made a chcolate tarte that turned out like your Swedisch chocolate cake – by mistake. It was the best chcolate tarte I ever made and it drives me crazy that I don’t know what I did wrong! I want a slice of yours NOW please!

Btw. I love your videos! Great work! Well, your complete blog is awesome!

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Samantha December 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Whoa baby… I made this today to share with some friends and it was everything I hoped and more! The crunchy top with that delicious gooey rich goodness on the inside was absolute perfection. I think next time I may pair it with some vanilla bean ice cream. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Manal December 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hey! I was wondering if I could use unsalted butter instead? Or will it really change the taste?
Thanks!

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Izy December 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

Yup! You can use unsalted butter – you’ll need to add 1/4 tsp if salt to the cake batter as well :)

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cosoriof December 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hey izy! Love your site, I know you posted this years ago but I just discovered this! Ive made this delicious cake twice , unfortunately the two times I’ve made it, it sticks to the pan :s. Im greasing and flouring it like usual but for some reason I can never get it to come out of the pan. Both times its been delicious and my family loves it! But we have had to cut it in the pan and take each individual piece out carefully. What do you think Im doing wrong?

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Izy December 20, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thanks!
You can try this:
Grease the whole cake pan well with softened butter.
Cut out a circle of greaseproof paper, which is the same size as your cake pan.
Line the bottom of the cake pan with the circle of greaseproof paper.
Grease the greaseproof paper with more butter.
Flour the whole thing.
Once the cake is baked, run a knife around the edge of the cake. Let it cool, then turn it out onto a plate, and peel off the greaseproof paper. Flip it right side up and serve.

Otherwise, try using a cake pan with a removable ring, so you can get at it more easily, or use a silicon cake pan.

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cosoriof February 13, 2013 at 7:35 am

Thank you! I used the circle of paper and it came out perfect! This is a great recipe indeed :)

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Caroline Andersson February 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I have a great tip for you, and that is to use breadcrumbs instead of flour (that’s how we do it here in Sweden!). Like the really really crushed kind. You don’t want big breadcrumbs, trust me… I’ve made that mistake ;) . Or you can use dried coconut flakes. I like the coconut flakes better, cus not only do they add a tiiiiiny bit of flavour, they add a nicer crunch to it too. Happy baking!

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Chung February 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Have you tried doubling the recipe and baking in a 12 in pan? Does that effect baking time?
Thanks.

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Pauline February 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

I have tried several molten lava cake recipes and have not found the perfect one yet. I am going to try this tempting version but want to use ramikins. Any idea what the difference in cooking time would be if done like this instead of in a cake pan? I look forward to an answer on this as I can’t wait to try it!

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Izy February 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

I would say try baking them for about 7-10 minutes – but checking them at the 5 minute mark. I’ve never tried them as a miniature version before, so I can’t say if it’ll work, the batter is more like a brownie rather than a molten cake, I just like to under-bake it so that it’s still gooey ;)

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Pauline February 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

Thanks so much for your suggestion. When I try this recipe I’ll come back with feedback regarding cooking in the ramikins.

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laura February 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

such a cute vid. Was looking for a Swedish cake to make for my sweed husband. It looks amazing. in the oven as we speak. Thank you!!!

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Izy February 16, 2013 at 1:17 am

thanks laura! I hope you enjoyed it :)

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Ashlee February 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Total success!!! I couldn’t believe how easy the preparation for this delicious cake was. I ended up over cooking it slightly, it was still ooey delicious but not sticky like in the pics. I used a 8 inch spring form and should have used a 6 inch. I set the initial timer for 20 min, too li’l time, added another 5-10 and that was about 3 min too many. My sis had to remind me it will keep cooking, good to remember with this delicious dish! We served it with Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappaccino ice cream, there wasn’t a crumb left on anyone’s’ plate. Thanks for the recipe, love your blog!

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emjay February 21, 2013 at 1:48 am

I have the cake in the oven now. however, I was troubled to see that the written directions differ significantly from what you did in the video, which is also different from your first version of the recipe. what gives? I was already too far along with the written directions given in this version to turn back. which way gives the best result?

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Izy February 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

I wouldn’t say either are significantly different, I just changed the baking time in the written recipe to 20-40 minutes instead of 35-40 minutes (that’s the baking time that was written down in my mums recipe book, that’s what I used and it worked for me) however my brother made it and was all ‘izy it was too dry’ so I made a note in the recipe (you can probably see the mega bold writing I put in) that you need to check the cake after 20 minutes because the whole point of the cake is that it’s gooey! As its basically impossible for me to change the video to say 20-40 instead of 35-40, I just left it and thought that people would probably like to come to my blog and see the written recipe if they were going to actually make it!

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emjay February 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

thanks for the quick reply. but I wasn’t talking about the baking time; that will vary according to one’s actual oven temp. I was referring to how the ingredients are added…all at once or not. that can make a huge difference in outcome! I used the written directions, and it came out fine, although it didn’t dome like yours.

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Izy February 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

No prob, this is quite a resilient recipe so the way the ingredients are added doesn’t have much effect on the outcome in my experience! :) yeah, it sometimes cracks sometimes it doesn’t haha

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Lisa March 4, 2013 at 5:18 am

Hi Izy, I just watched your video for the Swedish chocolate Cake and it was so creative with you and the music, it was really enjoyable, you really have so much talent! Great job! I own a small Mom and Pop grocery with my husband and I do some baking for the store. I will have to bake this cake and offer it at the store, if it makes it that far that is, haha! Thank you!

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Sue Magnusson March 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

Izy, my girls LOVED this cake and I love it because it was so quick and easy to make. Has already become a family favourite. Great video too!

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Dee March 27, 2013 at 4:08 am

Oh. My. Word. Made this cake tonight and it was amazing. I cooked it a little bit too long, but it still rocked. This will be my go-to cake from now on when the fam is jonesing for something sweet. Thanks so much!

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Laura April 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I made this cake and it was delicious! Used 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips (instead of 10 TBS butter). Baked in a 6″ round pan for 30 minutes and it was perfect. (Had a little batter left over made 2 personal size ones in silicone muffin cups). Served it with homemade sugared blackberries! YUM!

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Haych June 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

=) I Absolutely loved reading this =D It’s A FUN RECIPE =D ahaha, I haven’t made the cake yet though…

But Still I thought it would be nice to tell you so =D

Anyhow, I’m gunna go bake now! =D

Bye =)

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Amna September 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Um how do I find out if its done? Looks great in the pics but I’m a bit nervous

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Reenoir September 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Can I use 100% Unsweetened Chocolate instead of Cocoa Powder?
Will there be a big difference?

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Izy September 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm

no, and yes,

the unsweetened chocolate has fat and other ingredients in it that cocoa powder does not. You’d have to reduce the amount of butter and increase the amount of chocolate and I have no idea how much you’d need to use.

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Reenoir September 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thank you for replying so fast!!
I’ll just experiment with the 100% Unsweetened Chocolate, hoping the outcome is as tempting as yours.
I enjoy every details of your blog, I think you should have your own Cookbook.

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clare robinson October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Another lovely video, they keep on inspiring me to do more baking. It’s just come out of the oven and smells great. Thanks

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Bailey November 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Do you know what the serving size is for that cake?

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Izy November 28, 2013 at 12:16 am

8-12 people

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Alana November 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

I made this 2se now, SO GOOD! thank you :)

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KS January 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Hi! This looks so delicious!
Quick question- for this cake (and actually I guess other cakes as well), if I make it ahead of time, and want to warm it up before serving (and serve with ice cream), what would be the best method? Is there a temperature/time that you would recommend? (ie 350 at 5minutes?)– to warm it up without drying out the cake? I guess conversely, I could microwave it, but I would prefer to use the oven! Thank you!

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