Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

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If you want a cake that is simple yet indulgent, this Dutch Butter Cake is for you. It’s a single-layer cake that is straightforward to make.

Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

Really, the fussiest thing about this recipe is doing the crosshatch pattern on the top, and it’s not that bad. Look at my pictures–or others online–for examples of what to do.

Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

The prettiness of the cake is what initially drew me in, and then when I saw it was called a Butter Cake, I knew I had to make it. I mean, butter. I’m of Southeastern American stock on both sides. I was raised with the philosophy that butter makes everything better except for things like sucking chest wounds.

Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

This cake bakes up with a light, tender crumb. The fresh orange zest shines through along with the butter and vanilla. It’s rich even as it’s not heavily sweet.

Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

Modified from Bake from Scratch March/April 2020.

Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

This buttery one-layer cake is simple and delicious, a cozy snack or dessert if ever there was one. Enjoy with some coffee or tea! Modified from Bake from Scratch March/April 2020.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: cake
Author: Beth Cato


  • 9-inch springform pan
  • parchment paper
  • plastic wrap
  • pastry brush


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 3 sticks, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 orange zested
  • 2 large eggs divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven 350-degrees.
  • Cut a piece of parchment to fit in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Apply nonstick spray or butter over the inside of the pan, place the parchment inside, then grease it as well. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and orange zest together. Scrape the bottom of the bowl, then beat on medium until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 egg. Crack the 2nd egg, placing the yolk with the other ingredients and setting aside the white for later use. Add vanilla bean paste to other ingredients and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together flours, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add dry ingredients into the butter batter to create a thick dough. Scoop it into the prepared pan.
  • Use a piece of plastic wrap to press the dough into an even layer. Discard plastic wrap. Lightly beat the reserved egg white. Use a pastry brush to gently apply the egg white across the top of the cake. Use the tines of a fork to make a crosshatch pattern across the top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the pan. Continue baking until the surface is golden brown and the middle passes the toothpick test, which should be after an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then release the side latch to remove the ring.
  • Let cake cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy. Cake keeps well covered at room temperature for at least 3 days. It can also be cut into slices and frozen for later enjoyment.