Dutch Spice Cake

Vickie Parks


This traditional Dutch Spice Cake (called 'Ontbijtkoek', in the Netherlands) has a soft, spongy texture with a delicious spicy flavor from the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and other warm spices. It's a quick cake to prepare for coffee or tea time, and it's usually served with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of honey, for an added touch of sweetness.

It's sometimes baked in loaf form, and then sliced and served for breakfast with hot coffee and fresh seasonal fruit on the side. But this recipe is intended to be a dessert...though it could definitely be served for breakfast!


★★★★★ 4 votes

10 Min
30 Min


  • 1 2/3 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp
    allspice or mace
  • 1 cup
    light brown sugar
  • 1 large
    egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup
  • 7 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup
    chopped walnuts

  • ·
    whipped cream - to serve
  • ·
    honey (or golden syrup) - to serve

How to Make Dutch Spice Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 8x12x2-inch baking dish. Line the greased pan with parchment baking paper, allowing 2 inches overhang on both ends.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice together into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the center, and add the egg, milk and butter. Using a wooden spoon, stir until batter is smooth. Spoon into prepared baking pan, and smooth the top. Evenly distribute walnuts on top.
  3. Bake for 27 to 32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Then run a butter knife along the edges so cake releases easily. Grab edges of the parchment on both sides of cake pan, and gently lift cake from pan. Remove parchment paper and place cake on cooling rack (top facing up) to cool completely. Cut into serving slices (standard is 6x4 rows), and serve slices with dollops of cream and honey (or golden syrup) drizzled on top.

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About Dutch Spice Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Dutch
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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