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Metseltaart (Dutch no-bake layer cake)

Searching for a quick and easy cake recipe? Then try this authentic metseltaart from the Netherlands – not only does it require absolutely no baking; it’s also made from only the finest of typical Dutch ingredients!


150 grams of sugar
200 grams of butter
4 teaspoons of instant coffee
1 pack of Verkade San Francisco biscuits
1 cup of (cooled) coffee with milk
5 tablespoons of chocolate sprinkles or flakes

Dutch recipe for metseltaart


First pop the butter, sugar and coffee powder into a mixing bowl and, using a spatula, mix into a creamy butter paste. Next crumble the entire packet of biscuits into a separate bowl, pour in the cooled cup of coffee and stir thoroughly. Now place a layer of crumbled biscuits onto a plate, coat with the butter paste, and then top with another layer of crumbled biscuits. Repeat this process until you have used all of the crumbled biscuits. Lastly, coat with a final layer of butter paste and top generously with your choice of chocolate sprinkles or flakes. Although you can enjoy metseltaart immediately, it’s best served chilled.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants.

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