The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break with friends, Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it, (we suggest Swedish Almond Cake), a comfortable spot to sit, a nice crackling candle and friends to share the moment. 

Here is the recipe that inspired our Swedish Almond Cake Candle  

Swedish Almond Cake is an easy, no mixer, one bowl, fool proof treat that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea!  

What You Need: 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 

3/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled 

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon Lemon extract or lemon zest

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1/2 teaspoon salt

 8-10 inch cast iron pan or similar size springform pan 

Parchment paper (air fryer liners work perfectly in my 12 inch cast iron pan) Topping 2 teaspoons Turbinado sugar

1/4 cup sliced almonds 

2 tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray, line the bottom of the pan with parchment, then spray the parchment. Set the pan aside.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl with a whisk. Mix in the eggs, almond and lemon extract to combine.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the bowl, then mix until just blended. Spray or butter a rubber spatula and spread into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top.


  1. Sprinkle the sugar over the cake, then top with the almonds.
  2. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is light golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then carefully lift the cake by the parchment paper and transfer to a cooling rack for another 30 minutes.
  4. When cooled, dust with powdered sugar before serving.