Spekkoek Recipe

  • Author: Andrew
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 60 min
  • Yield: 20 1x


Dutch spiced layer cake.



  • 1.5 lbs butter, room temperature
  • 18 egg yolks
  • 9 egg whites
  • 1.25 lbs of sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 lbs of flour
  • 6 tsp cardamom powder
  • 5 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp mace powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp nutmeg powder (3 tsp if not using mace)
  • butter and flour for the form
  • butter for brushing


  1. Whip the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks and whites together with the sugar and vanilla extract .
  3. Add the flour, fold through gently.
  4. Add the whipped butter, mix.
  5. Divide the batter over two bowls. Add the spices to one of the bowls, then mix.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  7. Prepare a spring form with butter and flour.
  8. Spoon ½ cup of the unspiced batter into the form and let it spread.
  9. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  10. Spoon ½ cup of the spiced batter on top of the first layer and let it spread.
  11. Bake 10 minutes.
  12. Place after every 4 layers a piece of baking paper on top and use the round side of a spoon to rub the cake firmly. Remove the baking paper and brush the cake with a little butter.
  13. Repeat this until both the batters are finished.
  14. Leave to cool in the form.


Spekkoek is a cake that can be stored for at least a week , when wrapped securely.  Cut thin slices and serve with with some whipped or clotted cream. Pair with some enriched wine (tawny port preferred) or pour some strong coffee.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dutch

Keywords: Dutch, Dutch-Indonesian, layer cake, spiced cake, spekkoek

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