The Accidental Cake: Cocoa and Cardamom Fika


(Above: The last Fika. Cocoa and cardamom cake)

This is the easiest cake in the whole wide world and I discovered it totally by accident whilst cooking for Designers on Holiday in Sweden this summer. On one of the last days of the trip, I looked in the fridge to find a little bit of left over cream, a dash of milk, Swedish sour cream called Fil Mjolk and half a pot of yoghurt. We also had half eaten chocolate bars lying around. So I decided to do a fridge spring clean and mixed the various dairy product remnants in with some cocoa powder and cardamom to make a cake. I then used the leftover chocolate for the topping. We had it one day for our Fika (Swedish version of high tea) with a big pot of coffee and some grapefruit and it was voted cake of the week by 20 hungry campers.

Ingredients for the cake

200 g plain flour
140 g caster sugar
40 g cocoa powder (drinking chocolate will do, but good quality dark cocoa powder will be better)
2 tsp cardamom
A pinch of sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
Ĺ tsp bicarbonate of soda
175 g soft butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
200 g sour cream, yoghurt, or cream (a mixture of these amounting to 200 g also works)
2 eggs

1. Grease and prepare a round baking tin.
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
3. Measure out all the dry ingredients and then throw all the wet ingredients and cream together until you have a nice smooth mixture.
4. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for between 35 Ė 45 minutes until a knife comes out of the cake clean. (Check it every 15 minutes).

Ingredients for the ganache

200 g double cream
200 g broken up pieces of chocolate. I like using milk chocolate but you can use whatever you like really.

Bring the cream just to the boil and immediately take it off the heat (donít let it boil for too long or it will curdle and make sure you stir it continuously). Throw in the chocolate (it melts better if itís white or milk chocolate). Stir until there are no lumps left and you have a nice, glossy mixture. Spoon the ganache onto the top of your cake. Dust with cocoa powder, grate some chocolate or maybe even some cinnamon over the top if you like.

Recipe and photo by Julia Georgallis