Dutch Spice Cake (Ontbijtoek)

Posted on: November 27th, 2011 by admin 4 Comments

I was inspired this chilly weekend to make a spice cake, especially after reading Emma from A Splash of Vanilla’s recipe for buttermilk spice cake.  Also I’ve been thinking a lot about my lovely distant friend Sarina lately, who I thought would enjoy this cake.  My choice of spiced cake this weekend is an old Dutch recipe for Ontbijtoek, which translates to breakfast cake. It’s an interesting one because it has no eggs or butter.  It has a dark, moist, but springy texture almost like bread, is wonderfully fragrant with spices and perfect slathered with butter for afternoon tea – or breakfast, for that matter.

  • 2 c white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, cloves and salt
  • 1/4 c golden or maple syrup
  • 1 c milk
  • Walnut halves on top are optional.
  • Also optional use half white flour and half rye flour for a more traditional flavour.

Preheat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF) and grease a loaf tin.

In a bowl mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt and spices.  Make a well in the middle and add the syrup and then stir in the milk bit by bit.  Mix until smooth, it should pour into the pan in a thick ribbon.

I like to top the cake with walnut halves and a little brown sugar for a little crunch, but this is not traditional.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, but check at 50 minutes with a toothpick that should come out clean.  Let cool in the pan and eat slices regularly!  Best served with unsweetened whipped cream and honey.

This recipe is a combination of a few, primarily it is from the Dutch association of Australia’s website with inspiration from Milkmansion.

Song for this recipe:

“I Can Show You” – Tim and Jean I Can Show You - I Can Show You - Single

Sometimes I really feel like some synthpop, not often, but if the weather is gloomy, I find it lifts my spirits.  You have to wait a while for this cake to bake too, so I figure getting a little dance workout in before I pig out can’t be a bad thing.  Tim and Jean are a great indie-pop duo from Western Australia.  They have a bunch of catchy dance tunes, maybe they’re a bit similar to MGMT or Passion Pit, but this tune in particular and Come around are great fun.

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4 Responses

  1. Emma says:

    This looks amazing … I love Dutch baked sweets, I’ve always had a thing for speculaas and I thought of them when I saw your cake.

  2. Ruth says:

    Wonderful recipe! I’ll keep it in mind for gloomy days, cakes make me happy, especially if they are low fat!

  3. This cake looks beautifully exotic – I adore the colours and spiciness and I am sure it would be a perfect side to coffee or tea (or hot chocolate in my case)for breakfast!
    Beautiful blog and I love this post :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. admin says:

    Thanks! It is a great bready cake… Highly recommended! Thanks for stopping by. (Your blog’s pretty great too!)

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