Boterkoek (Dutch Butter Cake)

A buttery cake that you can make at home in five simple steps


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • 8×8” Square or round cake pan, greased
  • Eeectric mixer
  • large bowl
  • wooden spoon


  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) sugar
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) softened unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) almond extract
  • 1.5 cups (175 g) flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) slivered almonds


  1. Using the electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and almond extract and continue mixing until well blended.
  3. Add in flour and baking powder and mix by hand or with a spoon until combined. Dough will be sticky and stiff.
  4. Pat evenly into an 8 by 8 inch square or round greased cake pan and sprinkle almonds on top.
  5. Bake at 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until golden.

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