Kruidkoek (Dutch spiced cake)

Kruidkoek (Dutch spiced cake) is a very traditional Dutch recipe, the secret of this dish is that it is relatively quick to put together with the final product having a wonderful spicy and ginger taste. Over time some slight variations to the recipe have occurred. But this is the unadulterated version! The cake is easy to make, and the recipe can easily produce one large cake or two small ones.


  • 500g self raising flour
  • 500g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp koek en speculaaskruiden* (mixed spice can be substituted)
  • 150g candied ginger
  • 400ml of water
  • 1 tbsp butter

* A mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger powder, cardamom, clove, coriander seeds and orange peel


  1. Grease cake tin(s) with butter.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, koek en speculaaskruiden (mixed spice) and ginger into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly add the water while stirring until a liquid batter forms.
  4. Mix well making sure all ingredients are combined.
  5. Pour into cake tin(s).
  6. Bake in oven for 80 to 120 minutes at 130 C / 160 F.
  7. The cake is ready when a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Allow to completely cool before turning out for slicing.

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