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Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

A Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek), is a large flat round cake that is traditionally largely prepared with full-cream butter. It is an old Dutch delicacy. It is easy to make and really delicious
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Dutch
Servings 12 people
Calories 375 kcal


  • Electric mixer
  • Easy release cake pan (22 cm) or brownie pan 20 x 20 cm
  • Baking brush
  • Baking paper


For the dough

  • 300 gram unsalted butter room temperature
  • 300 gram granulated sugar
  • 300 gram all-purpose flour
  • 1 beaten egg room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ lemon zest
  • Almond halves optional
  • 1 tsp Almond extract optional

Further needed

  • butter to grease the pan


  • Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven (conventional) to 170℃ / 340 °F. Grease the baking tin with butter and place a piece of parchment paper on top. 
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter with the sugars and salt until light and creamy. Add ¾ egg, reserve ¼ of the egg to brush over the top.
    300 gram unsalted butter, 300 gram granulated sugar, ½ tsp of salt, 1 beaten egg
  • Stir in the vanilla extract (and almond extract if you want to use it). Add the all-purpose flour and the lemon zest and mix everything until combined. The dough will be stiff.
    300 gram all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp Almond extract, ½ lemon zest
  • Press the dough into the prepared pan. You can smooth the cake very easily with the convex side of a spoon. Drip the spoon in warm water to smooth it even better.
  • Brush 1 tablespoon of the reserved egg on top of the dough. Use a fork to create a lattice pattern on top of the dough. Optionally add some almond halves for decoration.
    Almond halves
  • Bake the butter cake in the middle of a preheated oven (170℃ / 340 °F) for about 30 minutes. Bake until the top of the cake and the edges are golden brown. It may look not ready because of the amount of butter that is used in this recipe, but it is ready! Let the cake cool down completely in its pan before slicing it, and enjoy!


Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 3gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

Keyword Butter Cake, Cake, Easy, Quick
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