Kärleksmums - Love cakes



Kärleksmums translates to something along the lines of "Love Yums". What a poetic name! But they are like love, soft and sweet.

These cakes also go by several other names, in accordance with the swedish proverb "kärt barn har många namn" (a beloved child has many names), it is a much loved swedish classic.

It is one of the most common "fika favourites". Probably because of its chocolatey yumminess, softness and slight smeariness. Another plus is that a batch yields many servings, as they are the epitome of the practical tray bake.



Whenever my son gets to request a cake he will likely name this one. I remember the first time I tried these- at my aunts house. I thought they were so delicious. My mother had never baked in a tray, so she was also impressed and happily came away with the recipe. Auntie was an amazing baker, whenever we visited she would offer at least ten kinds of treats, and one was free to eat as many as one pleased. Normal etiquette required that one sample each type of treat before coming back for a second helping of a particular favourite. But at my aunts house, those rules did not apply, at least not for me. If i had a particular favourite cake or biscuit, I could have as many of them as I pleased. Another of the delights of visiting her was that she had glossy and gossipy ladies magazines which I devoured hungrily, along with the cakes, as they were considered too flamboyant or perhaps scandalous to ever cross my parents threshold! You can see why a visit to my aunties house was such a popular occurance.

Ingredients:

Cake: 

4 eggs
4 dl sugar
2 dl warm milk
4.5 dl plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
3 tsp vanilla sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
200 g butter, melted

Glaze:

2 -2.5 dl icing sugar
1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
1.5 tsp vanilla sugar
50 g butter, melted
2-2.5 tbsp cold strong coffee

coconut flakes for sprinkling on top.

Method:

Line a deep oven tray (25x35 cm) with baking parchment, make a cut in each corner to get the paper to fit neatly in the tray cornes. 

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until very white and fluffy.

In a seperate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, and cocoa powder and sift this into the egg mixture. Mix together.

Mix the hot milk with the melted butter and stir this into the batter. Pour batter into the oven tray and spead it evenly out to the edges. Bake on low oven rack in 225 degrees C (437 F), 15-20 minutes.

While the cake is baking make the glaze: 

Mix icing sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a pot. Add melted butter and coffee. Mix together and let it simmer slightly for a couple of minutes. Pour the glaze on the cake before it cools completely. Garnish with coconut flakes. Cut the cake intp approximately 30 pieces.

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