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Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

10 Servings

1 hour 15 minutes Plus cooling, 15 minutes active

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If you opt to use unsalted butter in this ultrarich shortbread-like cake, increase the kosher salt to 1 teaspoon, otherwise the flavor will fall flat. And if you're so inclined, this is the place to splurge on high-fat, European-style butter or cultured butter. It's best to err on the side of overbaking, as the cake will have a raw, starchy flavor if underbaked. If you don’t have a springform pan, use a 9-inch-round cake pan coated with cooking spray and dusted with flour. Let the cake cool in the pan, then invert it onto a wire rack to remove.




Don't begin beating the butter and sugar until the butter is softened, then cream the mixture for a full 3 minutes. The batter needs to be very light and fluffy before the eggs are added, or it will bake up too dense.

1 hour 15 minutes

Plus cooling, 15 minutes active



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cory S.
July 23, 2023
Dutch Butter Cake with Strawberries and Strawberry Ice cream
Awesome summer cake with fruit! It will accent and or topoff any meal
karen h.
September 23, 2022
Cupcake Option Cooking Time
If I wanted to make cupcakes, how would I adjust the cooking time?
Sally B.

Curious, Clearly is a "butter" cake. When do you "want" this kind of cake, like your think whne you want a donut or a chocolate cake or a piece of apple pie with great crust.I am trying to place it with a desire.

Anna M.

So, you dont need a leavener?

Lynn C.

Hi Anna -

Nope. Leavener is not usually added to a traditional Boterkoek. Creaming the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy and beating the eggs on medium-high speed, incorporates air that will lighten the cake, similar to how you would lighten a pound cake.

The Milk Street Team

Taylor M.

So some how I forgot to add the salt but I did use salted irish butter. Is it a total loss?

Lynn C.

Hi Taylor -

Definitely not a total loss, just won't be as salty. Let us know how it turns out!

The Milk Street Team

Taylor M.

It still turned out delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

Taylor M.

It still turned out delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

caren b.

made last night and ate warm lot of butter and greasy. I cut again today it is like a sugar cookie. Very pretty but won't make again. I have printed more to try.