Skúffukaka – Icelandic Brownies
When I was looking for a recipe to bake for Iceland I stumbled upon this dish, Skúffukaka, the name alone was enough for me to bring a smile to my face. Then to read that they were kind of an Icelandic version of a brownie I was determined to try it out. According to Wikipedia Skúffukaka, basically is a single-layer chocolate cake baked in a roasting pan, covered with chocolate glaze and sprinkled with ground coconut. I found a recipe on Andromeda’s Kitchen which I adapted, I read that every Icelandic family has their own little twist to the Skúffukaka and this is mine. One of the things I added was some Skyr, which is a typical Icelandic type of yogurt. The batter turned out a little stiffer versus my Bad, Bad Brownie batter but after baking the taste was still awesome.
I might go back and make some more tweaks to this recipe at a later date but I had to share this basic version with you guys now.
These are the ingredients needed for the cake. Flour, milk, Skyr, sugar, melted butter, melted chocolate, eggs, cocoa powder, warm coffee, cinnamon, vanilla sugar and baking powder.
In a bowl add flour.
And cocoa powder.
Grab a whisk and mix it up good, till all is combined. And set aside.
In another bowl, add sugar and vanilla sugar. I know you can barely see it in the photo, but trust me, it’s sugar I’m throwing in here….
Add your eggs.
And mix it up good, till it’s all nice, fluffy and creamy.
Now it’s time to slow down your mixer and pour in your liquids, starting with milk.
And warm coffee. Try not to spill your coffee like I did…
Next add your flour, don’t add it too slow cause you don’t want to over mix it.
Next add your Skyr and give it another 10 seconds to mix in the Skyr and your batter is done.
Pour the batter into your baking tray.
And divide evenly. Put it in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. once baked let it cool down in the baking tray for a few minutes before you transfer it onto a wire rack and let it cool down completely.
While your cake is cooling down you can go ahead and make the topping. You’ll need confectioners’ sugar, melted butter which has cooled down, cold coffee, coconut flakes, vanilla sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the sugar in to a bowl.
Add the vanilla sugar.
And last but not least the coffee. Mix it thoroughly until combined and a smooth silky cream.
Pour your creamy topping over the cooled down cake. Make sure the cake is cooled down properly or your topping will melt. Spread the topping evenly over the cake.
Sprinkle with coconut flakes and let the topping set. I usually put mine in the fridge for a few minutes to speed up the process. You want the butter to get firm again so you can cut it easily.
Cut into squares, serve and enjoy! 🙂
This Skúffukaka is great with a cup of coffee or tea. I can only vouch for the tea part though, cause I don’t drink coffee. 😀