Finnish Tiger Cake

Tiikerikkakku on a plate

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total Time: 70 mins
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
170 Calories
7g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 170
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Many Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American cookbooks contain at least one recipe for Tiger Cake or tiikerikkakku. This easy-to-prepare marbled Bundt cake or kugelhopf-type cake is considered a coffee cake in Finland. We believe the moniker “tiger cake” comes from the swirled appearance of the crumb, reminiscent of a tiger’s markings. Coffee cakes appear at everything from family gatherings to fancy affairs in Finland. Here's one version of Finnish Tiger Cake, marbled with luscious chocolate and orange layers.


  • 1 cup margarine (or butter)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder (we use Hershey's "Special Dark")

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan or kugelhopf pan or a babka pan.

  3. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy.

  4. Sift together flour and baking powder. Alternately, add eggs and flour to the batter until all are combined. Stir in vanilla.

  5. Place 1/3 of cake batter into a separate mixing bowl and stir in cocoa powder and juice of 1/2 orange.

  6. In the original bowl containing the majority of the batter, stir in all of the orange zest and the juice of the remaining 1/2 orange.

  7. Spread 1/3 of orange batter evenly in the bottom of the prepared Bundt pan.

  8. Gently dribble half of the chocolate batter on top with a spoon or frosting bag. Repeat layers, ending with orange batter on top.

  9. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

  10. Then invert onto the wire rack to cool completely.

  11. Serve and enjoy!