Poor Man’s Cake, Köyhän Kakku: Finnish Spice Cake


The cake was named after a poor man. That soundd interesting, so I made it. The ingredients were not so different from those of ordinary cakes. And the taste and aroma were very rich and delicious, far from being poor.


Tasty Food for the Poor

According to my research, this cake was made in the days of poverty after the war. They hoped that children and guests would still be able to eat delicious food. It is a cake filled with the feeling of caring for others.

This cake also uses spices such as cardamom and cinnamon, giving it a very Finnish flavor. And while the gingerbread spice cake has a firm texture, this one is fluffy and gentle.


Poor Man’s Cake Köyhän Kakku: Fluffy Spice Cake from Finland

Even in the days of poverty, this cake was made to give children and guests something delicious to eat. This Finnish cake has a fluffy texture and a delicious aroma of spices.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings2 L mold
  • milk 300 mL
  • white sugar 200 g
  • egg 1
  • butter 150 g
  • bread flour 240 g
  • baking soda 1 tsp
  • cinnamon powder 1 tsp
  • cardamom powder 1 tsp
  • clove powder 1 tsp
Electronic scales
Measuring spoon
Heat-resistant container
Silicone spatula
Cake mold (2L)
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Grease a mold with butter and dust with flour.
  • Heat the butter in the microwave to melt.
  • Mix in the flour.
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