Oma's Boterkoek (Dutch Buttercake)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is Boterkoek (Dutch Buttercake) just like my Oma (grandma) used to make. She passed away over a year ago now and I really started to crave it. I hope you like it as much as I did growing up! :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar and almond extract.
  2. Add beaten egg except for 1 teaspoon.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder, and add to bowl, mixing with wet ingredients.
  4. Put dough in greased 9 inch pie plate.
  5. Mix the reserved 1 tsp of beaten egg with 1 tsp of water, and brush over dough.
  6. Sprinkle with sliced almonds, if desired. (My Oma always used the almonds, it looks pretty and adds a nice touch!).
  7. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes or until done (firm to the touch).
  8. This is a dense cake, but should be soft on the inside and hard on the outside, but not too hard!
Most Helpful

My family has 0 dutch heritage, so I made this recipe on a whim, not knowing what to expect. Absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe (except for the almonds) and baked for 27 minutes. The middle looked a little soft, but the edges turned brown and crispy, and it smelled amazing. I'd like to try mini ones or a square pan than can be cut into bars. Will that work?

Good intentions August 04, 2009

This is the best Boterkoek recipe! I was so excited to find it on the site. It turns out perfectly every time. I added it to my Christmas baking and put green and red sugar crystals on top. It turned out very pretty and festive. Thank you so much for a great recipe.

EstherA February 12, 2009

I've eaten this before, but never made it. I think everyone should know that the dough is just like cookie dough that must be pressed into the pan. Don't expect typical runny dough that can be poured into a pan.

larap418 January 24, 2016