Äppelkaka (Apple Cake)

Äppelkaka (Apple Cake) is a classic Swedish bake that’s popular throughout the year—although we especially love it in the fall! This cake is a lot like an American coffee cake but without so much sugar and much more apple flavoring. It’s so delicious and the perfect cake to share with friends or family over a cup of coffee.

For Emma, this cake brings back memories of time spent with her grandparents in Sweden as a child. Whenever she’d go to visit, her Mormor (Grandma) would always have a fresh äppelkaka waiting for her. Äppelkaka is super easy to make, something that you would whip together in an hour for an afternoon fik. There’s not much to it by way of decoration or anything like that. It’s a bold statement of love and warmth that’s enabled by its warm spices and moistness.

Here’s the perfect fall recipe to make use of all those apples you hauled home from the orchard last weekend! Smaklig måltid!

Äppelkaka (Apple Cake)

  • Difficulty: Easy
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A very easy recipe for a Swedish apple cake. It's wonderfully moist and warmly spiced. Perfect for fika or anytime really--we don't need excuses to eat delicious cake!


  • 2 tart apples
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
  • cinnamon, cardamom, & sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Soften butter to room temperature. Grease a 8” or 9” circular pan.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Meanwhile, sift together flour, baking powder, and vanilla sugar. Add flour mixture and milk to the creamed butter and sugar and mix well. 
  3. Core and peel the apples. Finely chop 1 apple and toss with cinnamon, sugar, and cardamom. Stir apple pieces into the batter.
  4. Pour batter into the pan. Finely slice the second apple. Arrange apple slices in a concentric pattern, taking care to place them close together, almost on top of each other. Push the apples down into the batter slightly. Sprinkle cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar generously over the apples.
  5. Bake 35-45 minutes at 400ºF or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 


  • You can substitute filmjölk or yogurt for regular milk to produce a denser, richer cake. 
  • You can substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract for the vanilla sugar if needed. 

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