Boterkoek (Dutch Butter Cake)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a traditional Dutch recipe. It's a rich, buttery, dense cake. The key to making it, is keep the ingredients, and also your hands, cold while working the dough.


  1. Butter a 8" springform pan.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Sift flour and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Add butter, salt, and vanilla.
  5. Cut the butter into small pieces and knead lightly with a cool hand or utensil until it holds together.
  6. Don't work too much.
  7. It needs to stay cold.
  8. (This works well in the food processor- then I use frozen butter) Press mixture quickly into bottom of spring form pan.
  9. Brush the top with the egg.
  10. Place the pan just below the middle of the oven and bake about 30 minutes or until it's a golden brown.
  11. Cool in the pan, release the spring, and remove cake.
  12. Serve in thin slices- it is rich!


Most Helpful

A good dense cake, must try!!!

Tom & Jerry August 24, 2003

I thought I would try it since I have grown up eating and making it with almond extract/paste. It was nice but is no match to the real traditional verson with the almond. We Dutchies LOVE our Almonds!

avllin August 29, 2007

Wow, this is a dleicious cake, and quite easy to make. I did use a food prcessor so it would not get warm, and I was sooo afraid I was heating it up too much LOL! It turned out perfecr, we really enjoyed this, thanks PanNan!

~Leslie~ June 17, 2006

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