A Tempting Treat: Swedish Nut Cake

If you like the combination of nuts, baking and cozy holiday traditions, Swedish nut cake is a must-try. This crowd-pleasing cake is the perfect balance of texture and flavor, with a delicate crumb and a warm, nutty taste.

There’s something special about crafting a traditional Swedish recipe, and this nut cake is just as cozy as a hot mug of cocoa on a frosty winter night. Taking its cues from classic Swedish dessert recipes, like kanelbullar and folk cake, this nut cake adds an unmistakable crunch to the classic Swedish flavor profile.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (or almond, pecans, etc.)
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients until combined.
  6. Stir in the chopped nuts.
  7. Spread into the prepared pan and drizzle with the heavy cream.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Cool and enjoy your Swedish nut cake!

Although its elements may be simple and classic, Swedish nut cake is anything but plain. This sweet treat has an exciting burst of flavor from the combination of nuts, balanced by a subtle sweetness from the traditional Swedish baking techniques. Consider exploring other classic recipes from Sweden, like Swedish meatballs, for more ideas to get you started in the kitchen.

If you’re looking for a unique addition to your holiday baking lineup, Swedish nut cake is a must-try. With its buttery crumb, subtly sweet flavor and toasted, nutty crunch, you’ll be tempted to make this family favorite again and again.