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Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek) a.k.a. easiest recipe in the world

Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek) a.k.a. easiest recipe in the world

I recently stumbled across the recipe on Pinterest the other day and a bunch of childhood  memories came flooding back. It’s called Boterkoek – basically a Dutch Butter Cake and let’s just say it does what it says on the tin. The beauty of this one is you literally only need 4 ingredients – kitchen staples – so it’s that perfect recipe to keep up your sleeve when you have unexpected guests arriving in 30 minutes. This is rich and decadent – but I’m a big believer in everything in moderation and I also believe in ‘if you’re going to do it, do it right’. So with that, we went the whole hog with the richest French Butter we could find! You’ll also find other recipes around with almond meal and eggs and so on – but we love this one for the simplicity. Yes it’s not exactly slimming, but a small slice of this with an espresso and its pretty much like having shortbread with your coffee….heaven in a slice.

The original recipe can be found over here, but we’ve converted it to metric for you here. Enjoy! (And then go for a run…)


  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose plain flour
  • 250g (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (150 grams) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line an 20cm x 20cm pan with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter and mix it with the flour, sugar, and salt until just combined. Don’t overmix. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 180C for 30 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden. The middle may still be gooey, but the cake is definitely done at this point. Allow to cool completely before removing foil from pan and cutting into squares.

That’s it! Seriously!

If using salted butter, just omit the salt from this recipe.


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