Here’s a smashingly simple recipe for Boeterkoek, which is a Dutch tradition in my family. My sons have been enjoying this cake for as long as they can remember. We make this every Christmas; we actually make about 8 or 10 of these cakes. Friends love receiving a Boeterkoek at Christmas time and they make a great hostess gift too! Here’s my Boeterkoek – Almond Butter Cake Recipe.
This Almond Butter Cake is a recipe that my Mom made for us when I was growing up – and boy, does it taste good! If you like the flavour of almonds, you will love this one.
Boeterkoek – Almond Butter Cake Recipe
(want to print the recipe? There’s a recipe card at the bottom of the post)
1 cup butter (don’t you dare use margarine!)
1 cup sugar
2 cups white flour
1 egg, beaten
1 egg (for brushing)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pure almond extract
All the ingredients and greased pie plates ready to get started.
Cream the butter and sugar together well. Add one egg and mix again.
Adding one of our hens eggs makes this batter so yellow and pretty! Love those dark yolks from our chickens.
After everything is well blended, add the flour and baking powder.
Start mixing it together – you will find you have quite a thick dough (for a cake), but that’s perfect. Just keep mixing the flour in.
Then add the almond extract – I like adding it when I find the dough getting hard to mix together.
When your dough is well mixed, split it between two 9 inch pie plates. I like using the tin foil pie plates, as we like to give so many of these away to friends.
Here’s where you need to take some extra time with this recipe! Use a butter knife and begin pressing that dough down. Spread the dough out to the edges and take your time. Not too much pressure, just slide the knife across the top of the dough, pressing slightly.
Once you have the dough out to the edges and quite even, use the back of a spoon to smooth the top of the cake. Use a light touch!
Got it all smooth? Take a beaten egg and a pastry brush and very lightly brush the top of the cake. Then sprinkle, slivered almonds on top.
Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes, depending on your oven.
I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like this Christmas treat! Try this Boeterkoek – Almond Butter Cake recipe. Enjoy!
If you love Gingerbread, come over and grab my Gingerbread Boy recipe – a real treat at Christmas time!
Boeterkoek (Butter Cake)
- 1 cup butter NOT Margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp almond extract
Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the egg. Mix well and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Grease your pie pans (I use the foil disposable ones) and divide the mixture into the 2 pans.
Using a clean butterknife, or the back of a spoon, start patting down the mixture.
The next step takes some time - don't rush it.
Use the back of the spoon to "smoothen" out the mixture. Make it look nice!
Take a bit (and I mean Just a Bit) of a beaten egg and brush that (ever so lightly) on the tops of the cakes.
Then take a few slivered almonds or almond slices and drop them on the top. Push them in slightly with your finger.
Pop them into a 350 degree oven for 25 - 30 minutes, till they are nice and golden brown on top.