Cinnamon Bun Sockerkaka (Swedish Sugar Cake)










picture of a round sugar cake with two slices cut out


This cinnamon bun sockerkaka is a mash up of two of Sweden’s most delicious sweet treats. First we have the cinnamon bun (kanelbulle) and a sugar cake (sockerkaka). And what a combo it is, indeed.

Sockerkakor are the moistest, softest cakes you will ever eat. They are a little like a pound cake in texture but not. I know, unhelpful. But they are unique and nothing else is quite like them. 


picture of a round sugar cake with two slices cut out


Sockerkakor are usually made in a special pan that produces a hole in the middle of the cake. Research tells me that a savarin (rum baba) pan is fairly similar but you could also use a bundt pan, as I’ve done in the past.


picture of a round sugar cake with two slices cut out


This cinnamon bun sockerkaka was adapated from the version made by one of my favourite Swedish bakers, LindasbakskolaAs with most Swedish recipes, it is unfaffy and doesn’t require anything more than household staples. Unless you count pearl sugar. I know this is a little harder to get outside of Scandinavia, but I came across a lovely idea about making your own pearl sugar. I might give it a go myself.


picture of a round sugar cake with two slices cut out


This cake was so good that it was devoured very quickly in our house. My 13 year old exclaimed loudly, several times, that I needed to make this cake again it was so good. He’s right. And  I will.

If you like this recipe for cinnamon bun sockerkaka, check out my other sweet treat recipes.




Cinnamon Bun Sockerkaka

Course Cake
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes



  • 10g (1 tbsp) butter (melted)
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 2 eggs (medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 150g (1¼ cups) white spelt flour (see note 1)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 100g (¼ cup + 3 tbsp) butter (melted)
  • 200ml (¾ cup + 1 tbsp) milk

Cinnamon sugar:

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 40g (¼ cup) brown sugar


  • pearl or powdered sugar


  • Melt the 10g butter and using a brush, slather it all over a 1½ litre (approx. 6¼ cups or 50¾ fluid oz) cake pan (see note 2).
  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C / 350℉.
  • Melt the second amount of butter (100g or ¼ cup + 3 tbsp) butter and set to one side.
  • Beat the sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder and add to the wet ingredients.
  • Lastly, add in the butter and milk and mix just until combined.
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle over the cinnamon mixture.
  • Using a knife, swirl the sugar into the batter. Pour over the remaining batter.
  • Bake for around 35-40 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Baking times may vary according to the pan you use, so start checking at around 30 minutes.
  • Leave the cake in the pan until completely cold (it's very soft and a little delicate) and then turn out.
  • Sprinkle with pearl sugar or powdered sugar. Slice and enjoy!


  1. You can use spelt or regular flour for this recipe (just use the same amount).
  2. I used the kind we have in Sweden for making sugar cakes, but you can use a bundt or savarin.
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America. I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments. 




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