Clean Living – FIKA – the Swedish coffee break

Clean Living – FIKA – the Swedish coffee break
February 3, 2017 Brigid Johnson

A common practice at workplaces in Sweden & Finland. Fika is a break taken during the day usually at 9am and 3pm. An important social event where co-workers gather to socialise & chat!

Cardamon cake
Ingredients illustrations


Makes 1 large cake 
3 eggs
300g sugar
350g self-raising flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp seeds from cardamom pods, freshly ground
½ tsp cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange, finely chopped
Zest of ½ lemon, finely chopped
180ml sunflower seed oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
180ml orange juice



1 Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and grease and flour a 24cm bundt or ring cake tin. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar for about 8 minutes.

2 In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the salt, spices and zests.

3 Add the oil and vanilla essence to the egg mixture, followed by the juice and finally the dry ingredients.

4 Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for about 35 minutes until golden and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.



Recipe by Carol Kohll, taken from The Guardian website

A thick slice served with a dollop of gently sweetened cardamom mascarpone makes for one hell of a dessert.

Coffee pot
Fika illustrations