Swe-dishes (For Your Valentine): SwedishFood.com’s Love Treats

Photos via John Duxbury of SwedishFood.com

Food & Drink

Swe-dishes (For Your Valentine): SwedishFood.com’s Love Treats

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, John Duxbury from Swedishfoood.com is back at it again with another delicious recipe.

This time we are tackling Love Treats (Kärleksmums), one of Sweden’s most popular chocolate cakes. Don’t be fooled… it looks like a brownie but tastes like a cake.

In the spirit of the holiday, (dubbed alla hjärtans dag in Sweden), cut the cakes out with a heart shaped cutter and enjoy them with your special someone… or eat an entire plate yourself. To each his own.

Love Treatslove treats


  • 1 cup butter
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3½ tbsp. good quality, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5¼ oz. dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped


  • ⅔ cup whipping cream (heavy whipping cream)
  • 2 tbsp. strong black coffee, cold
  • 5¼ oz. dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • ⅔ cup  unsweetened shredded coconut


love treatsInstructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease two 8” x 8” baking tins and sprinkle with breadcrumbs or line with baking parchment. (Swedes use breadcrumbs to help prevent cakes sticking to the tin.)
  2. Melt the butter, and mix in the water. Leave to cool.
  3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and airy – 2 or 3 minutes on maximum speed in an electric mixer.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder until thoroughly mixed and then fold into the egg mixture.
  5. Fold in the butter mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into the two greased tins.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate over.
  8. Bake in the center of the oven for about 15 minutes – a skewer should come out slightly sticky. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. (The top should look very chocolaty and a bit gooey .)
  9. Meanwhile, boil the cream, then pour in the coffee and leave to cool slightly.love treats
  10. Break the chocolate for the glaze into rough pieces and add to the hot cream mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  11. Spread over the cake and then sprinkle with the coconut.
  12. Allow to cool a bit and then cut each tray into 9 or 16 squares with a knife or use a heart-shaped cutter as shown. (Love Treats are particularly nice when the chocolate is not quite set!)


If you have any left over, and I would be surprised, it is fine to freeze them as they freeze well.

John Duxbury enjoys cooking Swedish food and went to the trouble of learning Swedish so he could read Swedish cookbooks. The love affair with Swedish food started as a result of numerous visits to Sweden when he was working with Swedish students. When he retired from teaching he decided to set up http://www.swedishfood.com so other people with an interest in Swedish cooking could benefit from his work.

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