1 hour 40 minutes

    This is a Dutch recipe for buttercake. It produces a medium density cake with a delicate lemon aroma. Delicious!

    24 people made this

    Serves: 15 

    • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 280g butter, softened
    • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 5 eggs
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour one 25cm loaf tin.
    2. Mix grated lemon zest with 1 tablespoon sugar.
    3. Beat butter and sugar with vanilla sugar and lemon zest until the mixture becomes white and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each one.
    4. Mix flour and baking powder together and then carefully fold into the butter and egg mixture. Pour batter into prepared loaf tin.
    5. Bake cake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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    I grew up in a traditional Dutch family and is one of the most well known traditional Dutch Recipe. It is Boterkoek, not Botercake. Also, I think it is a typo that you bake in in a LOAF pan. You don't - I've never in my life seen it baked in a loaf pan. You bake it in one 10 inch round cake pan. Always.  -  20 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Actually something strange happened to this recipe. In the original recipe I submitted a very long time ago, there were equal quantities of butter, sugar and flour. The measurement of each of these three should be 50 grams per egg. So a 5 egg recipe requires 250 grams butter, 250 grams sugar and 250 grams flour. I'm sure if you try this the result will turn out better! In August I have submitted the recipe for the BOTERKOEK that some of the reviewers here are talking about. BoterKOEK is completely different from BoterCAKE. Unfortunately this recipe is not public yet.  -  25 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good!!! Baked this in a 10-in cake pan so it baked in about 30 minutes.  -  11 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)