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Swedish Soft Gingerbread Cake

Swedish Soft Gingerbread Cake
Swedish Soft Gingerbread Cake

Swedish Soft Gingerbread cake, or mjuk pepparkaka as its called in Swedish is a classic cake you often can find on the Swedish Christmas dessert table. It contains all my favourite spices such as cinnamon, cardamon and simply tastes Christmas. What would a Christmas be without this delicious cake?

Below you’ll the recipe I use every year. If you try it let me know in the comments :-)

Swedish Soft Gingerbread cake / Mjuk pepparkaka

(the recipe is from the Swedish cake book “Sju sorters kakor” with some modifications)


  • 100 g salted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 dl (200 g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 dl (150 g) sour cream (can be replaced with kefir or yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp up to 2 tbsp cinnamon (according to your liking)
  • 1 1/2 tsp grounded cardamom
  • 1 tsp grounded ginger
  • 3 dl (180 g) flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 dl lingonberry jam


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°
  2. Melt the butter and leave it to cool
  3. Beat the eggs together with the sugar
  4. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and the spices
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mix
  6. Add the melted butter, sourcream and lingeonberry jam and combine gently with a spatula
  7. Pour the batter into a tin (I used one with 24 cm in diameter, make sure to grease it with butter and dust with flour)
  8. Bake in the lower part of the oven for about 35-45 minutes

I hope you enjoy this Swedish Soft Gingerbread Cake as much as I do! Its delicious to enjoy as it is but you can also dust some icing sugar on top of it for decoration or even make a glazing, up to you :-)

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...

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