Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats)

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats) | A Dutchie Baking

The last couple of weeks I have been glued to Netflix for a show called “The Bridge” (Bron in Swedish). It is just the best. Some of you may know I have a BA in Swedish, which means that I am watching with more than general interest; it helps me to keep my Swedish on a certain level. Also, since I have studied in Lund (which is quite close to Malmö, where some of the show takes place), I enjoy seeing familiar scenes and it makes me want to go back like, RIGHT NOW! The Germans have a good word for it: “Fernweh” (not homesick but “farsick”).

 

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats) | A Dutchie Baking

Anyhow, since I have been watching so much of the show, I though I might bake something Swedish again for a change. Kärleksmums are a bit like brownies but (in this case) with less cocoa, and they are a whole lot fluffier.

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats) | A Dutchie Baking

The icing is special in that the butter is melted instead of mixed with the icing sugar, which texture-wise might need some getting used to. The name “kärleksmums” is difficult to translate into English, but I have gone with “love treats” – it doesn’t really convey the cuteness of the original word, but so be it. They are to Swedes what snow is to the Inuit: Swedes have a 100 different names for them it seems (but I like kärleksmums the best!).

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats) | A Dutchie Baking

Instead of shredded coconut you could also use other sprinkles, such as chocolate sprinkles, but I prefer them with coconut! This recipe is from the classic Swedish baking book “Sju Sorters Kakor” (seven types of cake), so I feel this is the most classic of them all. You could adapt the recipe though, by adding some more cocoa or coffee to the batter for example. I hope you’ll enjoy this Swedish staple!

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe (Love Treats) | A Dutchie Baking

Swedish Kärleksmums Recipe

Ingredients:

Cake
75 grams unsalted butter
1 egg
140 grams sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
160 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
75 ml milk

Frosting
40 grams unsalted butter
1 tablespoon cold coffee
1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
110 grams icing sugar

Topping
shredded coconut

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Grease a 33x23cm baking tin and line it with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the butter and set it aside. Mix the sugar and egg until fluffy. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the milk/melted butter and dry ingredients in three portions, one at a time, and mix each time until incorporated. End with a portion of dry ingredients. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and smoothen with a spatula. Bake for 15 minutes, then leave to cool.
  3. For the icing, melt the butter and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Spread the icing on top of the cooled cake, then sprinkle with shredded coconut. Cut into squares. Enjoy with a warm cup of tea!

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