Tuesdays with Dorie: Swedish Fika Cake from Baking with Dorie

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Swedish Fika Cake from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Dorie.  

Wait, what is “fika”? According to Dorie:

Basically, fika is a twice-daily break, a time for a little something sweet, a coffee and conversation. It feels as if just about everyone in Sweden fikas — the word is both a verb and a noun. School kids fika, albeit with milk, and business people fika. In some corporations, showing up to a fika is a requirement. You can fika at home or in a cafe, on weekdays and on weekends, when, as my guide to all things fika, Mia Ohrn, said: “Having people in for a fika is so doable. It’s just coffee and cake. You barely have to put out chairs.”

I’m familiar with the concept of coffee and cake – my family has Dutch roots and when I was younger and we travelled through Holland visiting long-lost relatives, we had “coffee and…” pretty much every day, We loved it. And I love this concept, adopted by folks all over Sweden (read all about the back story of this cake here).

This is a buttery cake that is topped with a mixture of milk, almonds, butter and sugar just before it’s finished baking – these form a golden, caramelised topping that is irresistible – you can’t just pick off  *one* almond… 😉 I made 1/4 of the recipe which resulted in 2 x mini springform pan ( <<< affiliate links but these are the pans I actually use!) cakes – enough for 4 servings.

This was a delightful little treat but I’m glad I only made 1/4 of the recipe. No room on our countertop for cakes serving 8-10 these days!!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Swedish Fika Cake on p 120 of Baking with Dorie or here.


Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of “Everyday Dorie” for review purposes. I was not asked to write about the book, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions 100% my own.


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6 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Swedish Fika Cake from Baking with Dorie”

  1. I find it pretty much impossible to have a cup of coffee without at least a tiny sweet bite, so I’m very much into fika treats…I could use a stack of mini cakes like this in my freezer for “coffee and”


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