Finding Balance with the Swedish Word ‘Lagom’, and a Recipe For Applesauce Cake

The perfect Friday Fika…

Have you heard of ‘lagom’? I’ve been meaning to post about it forever and so here I am, finally…

 Lagom : a Swedish word meaning “just enough, not too much.”

Lagom is about that ‘sweet spot’ if you will; it’s just right. Lagom is about finding balance, something that we can so easily stray from in the modern world. I try to embrace lagom as I bake for us each week. We indulge, yes, but it is a once a week, made-from-scratch indulgence. It’s about the togetherness of sharing a sweet treat together, rather than eating enough sugar to feel sick. So in life and in baking, remember ‘lagom’ and eat ‘just enough’ cake…

When you practice lagom…you’ll find that ‘just enough’ is plenty.

Applesauce Cake


½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg (lightly beaten)

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon cloves

1 cup applesauce (I use the kind that is simply apples, no added sugar or ingredients) You’ll want to heat it up in a pan or in the microwave and pour it in hot

1 and ¾ cup flour (or use a gluten free flour blend + 2 tsp xanthan gum)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda


Cream butter and sugar

Add egg, raisins, and nuts

Add flour sifted with soda and baking powder

Add spices

Add hot applesauce

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla

This can be eaten without icing and is delicious. Since it was for fika, and it looks creamy and beautiful, I made a simple icing to coat it with (icing recipe here).

Bake in loaf pan at 350 for 1 hour.

Alternatively, I prefer to bake mine in a cake pan so that it is round as pictured above. However, it will typically cook quicker in a cake pan, so check it every so often as it bakes.


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    April 18, 2017

    This cake is delicious! I made it with Better Batter’s gluten free All purpose flour (our favorite) and then iced it with a browned butter frosting. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it’s a new favorite I will make often for my family!

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      April 19, 2017

      Thank you Sheena! I am so glad that you enjoyed it! It is my favorite as well. xx