Celebrating the cinnamon bun

Cinnamon bun, kanelbulle, cinnamon roll - whatever you like to call it, it’s so good that it's inspired a whole day to celebrate it! In Sweden, we pay homage to the famously delicious pastry on 4 October.

The cinnamon bun is Sweden’s national treasure. Dating back as far as the early 19th century, it has become a staple of another Swedish institution, the fika. Originally known as a “kafferep” (coffee party), it's a tradition that became popular in Sweden in the 1930s, when housewives would get together to chat over coffee and cookies. The earlier prohibitions of coffee inspired a secret pseudonym for the cherished coffee party: fika.

Today, to fika is to get together, whenever and wherever, to enjoy a chat over a drink and a sweet snack. It can be anything from a business meeting to an informal date as long as it includes company and a sweet treat. Fika and the cinnamon bun or “kanelbulle” as it’s known in Sweden, are the perfect union, a match made in heaven. The buttery sweetness and scent of cinnamon complement the rich, earthy flavour of freshly brewed coffee like no other. But of course, what would either be without a friend or two?

Recipe: Grilled cinnamon buns with cream and berries

410 minutes


  • 4 KAFFEREP cinnamon buns, baked and preferably a day or two old
  • Whipped cream (or ice cream)
  • Berries of your choice
  • Chopped almonds
  • Maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar

Step by step

  1. Grill the baked cinnamon buns in the oven until they're golden brown.
  2. Cut each bun in half and fill it with whipped cream or ice cream, berries and chopped almonds.
  3. Top with a little maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
A woven basket full of cinnamon buns.
"A cinnamon bun can warm the coldest heart."

Instant gratification

You can find KAFFEREP cinnamon buns in the Swedish Food Market at your local IKEA store. Ready to bake, just pop them in the oven for a few minutes and you've got instant fika.

Hungry for more delicious treats? Visit IKEA where you'll find plenty of recipes and ideas, from healthy weeknight meals to fika favourites.