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Those already familiar with Dutch cuisine will know that for the Dutch, ‘Hollandse cake’ really only means one thing: that wonderfully soft sponge cake, which is typically enjoyed as a snack between meals and often accompanies a cup of tea or coffee. Most Dutch cake, however, is incredibly sweet, meaning that it’s not entirely suitable for those of you who are watching your weight or who prefer to reduce your sugar intake. That is of course, unless you bake your very own sugar free version of Dutch cake at home!
Why Dutch cake is so popular in the Netherlands
If you’re talking about Dutch cake in an English speaking country, then you’ll likely have to explain exactly what you mean, because in English ‘cake’ is a generic term that alludes to a variety of different cakes. In the Netherlands it refers to one specific type of cake: the yellow coloured sponge cake that’s cut into slices and served alongside your favourite cuppa.
Dutch cake is arguably one of the most popular Dutch recipes of all time, and not just because it’s incredibly delicious, but also because it’s so quick and easy to prepare. You need simply add flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, milk, vanilla sugar and a dash of salt into a mixing bowl, stir thoroughly, pour into a cake tin (preferably a traditional turban shaped cake tin) and pop into your oven for 75 minutes and it’s ready. And, it’s even easier if you buy a ready-made cake mix!
How to make sugar free Dutch cake
Nothing’s quite so frustrating as watching others tuck into a mouth-watering slice of Dutch cake, whilst you go without because you’re counting the calories! Fortunately, you can now make a tempting sugar-free Dutch cake by opting for a Dutch cake mix or self-raising flour that doesn’t contain sugar, such as Koopmans farmers cake mix, Orgran self-raising flour (which also happens to be gluten free) or Plus self-raising flour.
If you’re preparing your sugar free Dutch cake with the help of a Koopmans farmers cake mix, then in addition to the cake mix supplied, you’ll need 200 grams of butter and 4 medium eggs. If you choose for self-raising flour, then you’ll require around 125 grams of butter and 3 eggs per every 200 grams of flour. To sweeten your sugar free Dutch cake without using table sugar, add a few drops of heat-resistant liquid sweetener, such as Natrena chef liquid or Damhert Tagatesse Sweetener, until the desired level of sweetness is achieved. Finally, place the cake into your oven (pre-heated to 160C) and bake for approximately 70 minutes or until a lovely golden brown.
Tip: Dutch cake mix is not only an ideal base for authentic Dutch cake – you can also use this extremely versatile baking product to rustle up cupcakes and muffins in a jiffy, making it particularly handy for unexpected guests!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?