Mokkapalat – Mocha squares

March 22, 2012

Mokkapalat - Mocha squares

A couple of months ago my daughters got a cooking book from the book club we belong to. The book is in Finnish and the title translates to ” Hellapoliisi – My first recipes. Learn to cook!”

My girls were very enthusiastic about trying all the recipes, they are very kid-oriented (in other words, easy to follow and execute) and covers pretty much many traditional meals from Finnish households.

While browsing the book with the girls I told I could help to make some of the recipes with them, the first one being a classic tray bake cake called “mokkapalat“.

Yesterday I was woken up by my smaller daughter pushing the book against my head telling “mommy, we were supposed to bake that mocha cake today remember?” . UH, do I pay for my silly promises??


I have tried a different recipe for the same cake before. It is really a classic sweet treat and as you can guess, it is very “sugary”. Here in Finland they are a traditional pairing for coffee but kids happily eat them with a glass of cold milk.

Mokkapalat - Mocha squares

Mokkapalat – Mocha squares

from this book . Yields about 20 squares or one baking tray*

*note: it is quite common that Finnish ovens come with baking trays, one flat and another slightly deeper. I used the deep one and it measures aprox. 35 cm x 32 cm . If you don’t have such, you can use Swiss roll pan or the biggest rectangular baking pan you find. Nevertheless, the cake might become a bit taller if you do so.

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 dl caster sugar (1dl = 85g)
  • 4 1/2 dl wheat flour (1dl=65g)
  • 1/2 dl cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g melted unsalted butter. Save 1/2 dl for the icing
  • 1 dl milk

For the icing

  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 dl melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 dl hot strong coffee
  • sprinkles or shredded dry coconut

Line your baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 225 °C.

Place the eggs and sugar into the bowl of your mixer and whisk until light and fluffy.

In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the dry ingredients, using a sieve if necessary.

Remove the bowl from your mixer and start adding the flour mixture. Add the milk and at last, fold carefully the melted butter.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and use a spatula to even the surface.

Bake for 13-15 minutes in the middle of your oven, until risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

When the tray has come out from the oven, prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients together. The icing will look like a thick chocolate paste. Spread evenly onto the warm cake and immediately sprinkle your choice of decoration (we used hundreds and thousands ^_^)

Allow to set. Cut into squares and remove from the baking tray.


Hello Kitty Mokkapalat - Mocha squares

I also made Hello Kitty mocha mini cakes using a cookie cutter. The perfect small size for little girls ;)!

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9 Responses to “Mokkapalat – Mocha squares”

  1. Jenn Altbach Says:

    hi there! nothing beats coffee-chocolate in the world of flavors! these look richly delightful and I love the lilt of rainbow sprinkles here…joyful and yum!!

  2. Jenn Altbach Says:

    (I’m Bentobird, btw)

  3. sherimiya Says:

    So so sweet! Wonderful way to get the girls into beginning baking and cooking! Soon they will be baking all the traditional Finnish delicacies for you! Love the chocolatey sweetness, and the Hello Kitty version (of course) ~~ I need some chocolate mocha squares now….

  4. Haha! When I read that part about your daughter pushing the book against your head I just couldn’t stop laughing. You say one thing and kids will never ever forget about it. lol. Looks like you gals did an amazing job! Now I want one…

  5. karaimame Says:

    Hi Jenn!! So sweet of you to think about our Spring up North ^_^! The snow is still melting and a little by little the nature is changing to greener *yay!* . Have a lovely weekend friend!

  6. karaimame Says:

    Sending Hello Kitty heads (oops!) on your way Sheri dear! Hope the girls keep interested about cooking when they get older ;).
    Thank you and have a sweet weekend!

  7. karaimame Says:

    :D hubs tried to say “hm, yes dear, mommy promised to make that but i think you should allow her to sleep a bit more now” Ahahahah
    Thanks Chantale! Have a sweet weekend!

  8. Piparipulla Says:

    Hello again!
    Even though mokkapalat are very popular here in Finland (I see them in every food blog), I nerver ate them or cooked them. I should really try one of these days, I love chocolate and coffee!

  9. karaimame Says:

    We don’t bake it so often here either… they yield too much and they are too sweet! But as my daughters wanted to learn how to make it didn’t look like a bad idea ^_^.
    Chocolate and coffee are so good together I agree!
    Thanks for your comment :)

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