Love treats


Swedish kärrleksmums ("Love Treats")

Kärleksmums (best translated as Love Treats but sometimes translated as Love Mums) is one of Sweden’s most popular chocolate cakes and is a real classic. It may look a bit like a chocolate brownie with a coconut topping, but this is definitely a light and fluffy cake.

Most recipes for kärleksmums use a lot of cocoa powder and icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar), but I think if you are going to make a chocolate cake it needs to be really chocolaty without being too sweet, so I’ve reduced the amount of sugar and cocoa powder and added some extra chocolate. I promise you, chocolate addicts really can’t resist these cakes! John Duxbury


Recipe summary for kärleksmums (love treats)


Heart-shaped Swedish kärleksmums on a plate

• On alla hjärtans dag (Valentine’s Day, but really “everyone one in my heart’s day”) cut the cakes out with a heart shaped cutter.
• If you get any left over, and I would be surprised, it is fine to freeze them as they freeze well.


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


150 ml (⅔ cup) whipping cream (heavy whipping cream)
2 tbsp   strong black coffee, cold
150 g (5¼ oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
50 g (⅔ cup) desiccated coconut (unsweetened shredded coconut)


A cake tin greased and dusted with breadcrumbs

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas 6, fan 180°C). Grease two 20 cm x 20 cm (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 then mix in the water and leave to cool.

Eggs and sugar after whisking until light, fluffy and pale

3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and airy—2 or 3 minutes on maximum speed in an electric mixer.

Flour and cocoa powder mixed together

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 centre 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 - as shown.)

9. Meanwhile, boil the cream, then pour in the coffee and leave to cool slightly.

Melted chocolate in a saucepan with cream and coffee

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.

Swedish "love treats" cut into heart shapes

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. (Kärleksmums are particularly nice when the chocolate is not quite set!)


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