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Vertical picture of Swedish Chocolate Sticky Cake on a white cake stand with a small glass cruet of raspberry sauce
Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaffa)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
37 mins

Kladdkaka (aka Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake) is one of Sweden's most beloved (and easy!) desserts; and every chocolate lover's dream come true!

Course: Dessert, Sweet Treats/Dessert
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 12
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the cake batter:
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the truffle topping:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • flaky sea salt I love Maldon
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Spray an 8-inch round or square cake pan with baking spray or grease the pan with butter and then dust with flour. Line the bottom of the pan with a round (or square) of parchment paper. Don't omit this or the cake will be difficult to remove from the pan.

  2. Place butter in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl and cover bowl with a plate or paper towel. Cook in microwave on high power for 1 1/2 minutes, or until butter is melted.
  3. Add sugar to the bowl with melted butter and whisk to combine. Add eggs, one at a time and stir well after each addition. Add the cocoa, flour, vanilla and salt. Stir just until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread out to an even layer. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Don’t over bake. The cake should be slightly firm on the outside but moist and sticky inside.
  5. Cool completely OR let the cake cool for 10 minutes before adding truffle topping.
  6. For truffle topping, heat heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl or cup for 1 minute on high power. Add chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir and allow to sit for 1 minute. Then stir until all chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour truffle mixture over the semi-cooled cake and spread to an even layer.
  8. Allow truffle topping to cool for 10 minutes (otherwise salt will “melt” into the topping”, then sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt.
  9. 10. Cool for several hours, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before removing from the pan. 

  10. To remove, run a thin-bladed knife around the outer edges of the cake. Invert pan onto a dinner plate and, holding the plate and pan together, give it a good shake downwards. If the cake doesn’t release, go around the edges again with a knife then repeat with inverting cake. Once the cake is released, invert again so that truffle layer is on the top.

  11. Serve with Easy Raspberry Coulis and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions.

Recipe adapted from Carrots and Spice.

Nutrition Facts
Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaffa)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.