Sunday, December 23, 2012

Love-munchies... Mmmm, chocolate! Christmas recipe.

I'm pretty good at baking, if I may say so myself. Unfortunately, I'm not interested in it. I usually bake like crazy for the holidays each year, and do nothing the other eleven months... This year, I planned to skip baking even for Christmas. I'm kind of engulfed in a story, and who wants to break for baking when the hero is about to die unless the heroine saves him? I figured no one would notice.

Yesterday, my husband hinted, "I don't see much baking going on. We have to make those cool plates with your cookies and stuff for my friends. You know, like we do every year."

I forgot all about that. Once I started, I'm happy he reminded me. I made Kärleksmums - if there's a Swedish thing corresponding to brownies, this would be it. I don't have a good translation for the name. It means something along the lines of love-snacks, love-yummies, love-munchies, you get the idea... In Sweden, you can buy them in most cafes, stores, even gas stations, but they're super easy to make on your own.

All my recipes are in metric measurements, and I won't even start trying to figure out the corresponding cups and stuff. Some American measuring cups have both cups and deciliters though. I have two sets - one metric and one US.

Important: A Swedish tablespoon/teaspoon/cup is not the same size as an American tablespoon/teaspoon/cup. When I bake from my Swedish recipes, I usually take an actual teaspoon or tablespoon to measure with. Unless we're talking about salt, it's not an exact science. :-)

This recipe is sized for a baking pan with high edges approximately 13x9 inches. Again, it's not an exact science, I grab what I have in the house. I put parchment paper in it. It makes it easier to get the cake out of the pan. :-)

Here goes (dl=deciliter):

2 eggs
3 dl sugar
1.5 dl milk
150 g melted butter
3 dl flour (I use self rising flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa poweder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (less if you use the super concentrated kind)

Stir eggs and sugar. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract. Blend the dry ingredients on the side to make sure they're mixed evenly, and add to the mixture. Add butter.

Bake at 325-350 (175 C), depending on your oven. I test the cake with a wood toothpick - if the toothpick comes out dry, it's done.

3 dl powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
5 tablespoons coffee
4 tablespoons melted butter
Coconut flakes. (These are way different in the US compared to Sweden, but still good. Ours are drier, so the cake will look a little different with the fresh coconut flakes.)

Stir all the ingredients except the coconut flakes together. You might need an extra dash of powdered sugar, depending on the size of your tablespoons ;-)

The cake should cool some - if it's too hot when you put the frosting on, it'll be too gooey, but if it's too cold, it can be hard to spread the frosting.

Put frosting on, and sprinkle coconut flakes for decoration. Eat and enjoy! The cake freezes well, just don't microwave it - heat makes the frosting melt, LOL.


  1. I can't wait to try these! I'm making my Finnish Pulla bread today. My fav. Good luck getting back to saving your hero!

  2. Oooh yummie! That takes a while to bake, doesn't it? :-)

  3. This link will tell you the conversion of deciliters to teaspoons.

    However,since we wouldn't use 60.87 teaspoons (for 3 deciliters), we also need to convert the teaspoons into cups. (1 Cup [US] = 48 Teaspoons [US]; 1/2 cup = 24 teaspoons; 1/4 cup = 12 teaspoons; in the US there are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon)

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

  4. Good conversion table! I've seen some pretty good online ones too, but I always end up with such weird measurements, like... 0.844 of a cup, LOL. Then, I start thinking I should convert the entire recipe to get even measurements, and that becomes too much work around the third ingredient. LOL!

    Thank you for coming over! =D

  5. Those look AMAZING. I'm going to have to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are my favorites. I hope you like them! =D


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