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Swedish Chocolate Cake with Mocha Glaze and Coconut

Kärleksmums - Swedish Chocolate Cake with Mocha Glaze

Kärleksmums, a Swedish chocolate cake with mocha glaze and coconut, is perfect for Valentine's Day or anytime you want to up the love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course desserts, Fika
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 16 pieces


  • 1 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan



  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • cup + 1 tablespoon milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use oat milk)

Mocha Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ - 3 tablespoons strong coffee (regular or decaf)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 cake pan with parchment paper.
  • Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Use an electric whisk to whip until fluffy.
  • In another, smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. (If cocoa is clumpy, run the whole mixture through a sieve or sifter.)
  • Stir in the dry mixture, butter, and milk into the whipped egg-sugar mixture. Use the electic whisk on its lowest setting or a spatula to combine until blended.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan. Use a spatula to get everything out and to smooth the top. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (It will be closer to 20 minutes for a 9x9 pan and closer to 25 minutes for an 8x8 pan).
  • While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. First, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Next, stir in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, coffee, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth, adding more coffee as needed to get the right consistency. (Note: if you want a more fluffy, frosting-like mixture, use an electric whisk to combine everything).
  • Carefully transfer the cake to a cutting board or large plate. Use a toothpick to stick some holes into it. (This is not a must, but allows the glaze to seep into the cake.)
  • Spread the glaze over the cake using a spatula. Sprinkle with the coconut. Slice into as many pieces as you want and enjoy!
Keyword chocolate, cocoa, Valentines Day