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A gooey center and short ingredient list make for a sensational—and sticky—cake
Milk Street Bowtie Swedish “Sticky” Chocolate Cake

Swedish “Sticky” Chocolate Cake

45 minutes 20 minutes active, plus cooling

Swedish “Sticky” Chocolate Cake

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This gooey-centered chocolate cake, a popular sweet in Sweden, is called kladdkaka, which translates as “sticky cake.” With only seven ingredients and an easy dump-and-stir mixing method, what’s not to love? For our version, we brown the butter to add a subtle nuttiness, and we use brown sugar for its molasses notes. The cake can be served warm or at room temperature. Top slices with whipped cream, ice cream or gelato.

10-12

Servings

Tip

Don’t whisk the eggs into the cocoa-sugar mixture while the mixture is still hot or the eggs may begin to cook on contact.

45 minutes

20 minutes active, plus cooling

1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into 12 pieces
½ cup (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more to serve
1¼ cups (250 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon table salt
¾ cup (98 grams) all-purpose flour
½ cup (75 grams) chocolate chips
Ingredients
  • sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into 12 pieces

  • ½

    cup (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more to serve

  • cups (250 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar

  • 4

    large eggs

  • ¼

    teaspoon table salt

  • ¾

    cup (98 grams) all-purpose flour

  • ½

    cup (75 grams) chocolate chips

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10-12

Servings

45 minutes

20 minutes active, plus cooling

Tip

Don’t whisk the eggs into the cocoa-sugar mixture while the mixture is still hot or the eggs may begin to cook on contact.

Ingredients
  • sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into 12 pieces

  • ½

    cup (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more to serve

  • cups (250 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar

  • 4

    large eggs

  • ¼

    teaspoon table salt

  • ¾

    cup (98 grams) all-purpose flour

  • ½

    cup (75 grams) chocolate chips

Step 1 of 3

Prepare Pan and Oven

Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the middle position. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with a round of kitchen parchment.

Step 2 of 3

Create Cocoa-Sugar Mixture

sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into 12 pieces
½
cup (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
cups (250 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium-high, cook the butter, stirring, until the milk solids at the bottom are browned and the butter has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar; transfer to a medium bowl and let cool until barely warm to the touch.

Step 3 of 3

Bake Cake and Serve

4
large eggs
¼
teaspoon table salt
¾
cup (98 grams) all-purpose flour
½
cup (75 grams) chocolate chips
Unsweetened cocoa powder to serve

One at a time, whisk the eggs into the cocoa-sugar mixture, followed by the salt. Whisk in the flour, add the chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.


Bake until the edges of the cake spring back when lightly pressed, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove the pan sides. Serve dusted with cocoa powder.

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