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vandotsch speculaas cake

Friday 9th May 2014

vandotsch speculaas cake = "gevulde speculaas koek"

vandotsch speculaas cake is a 'classic Dutch recipe traditionally made for Sint Nicolas day (December 5th) in The Netherlands.

As it is a great cake and easy to make, obviously, there is no reason why you can't make it all year round. I for one do so to much acclaim.

By the way the Dutch word '"Gevulde" means stuffed, in this recipe traditionally with almond paste, for which I have a separate recipe. And "koek" is cake.

Here are the ingredients I used to make vandotsch speculaas cake

Makes approximately 30 pieces


  • 400 grams almond paste 
  • 250 grams all purpose plain flour
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 150 grams unsalted butter
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 25 grams (5 tea spoons) of vandotsch speculaas spice mix
  • 60 ml milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • as many almonds to decorate on top


Put all the ingredients (except the almond paste) in a bowl, reserving half of the whisked egg to use later as a glaze. Cut the butter in small pieces and put in the bowl. Knead until smooth

Insert the dough in clingfoil or a food rate plastic bag and put in the refrigirator for at least one hour

Preheat the oven to 175°C

Divide the dough in two parts. Insert the first part in a baking tray. Spread the almond paste on the dough

Insert the other half over the almond paste and make the edges closed

Spread some almond nuts over the top and cover the cake with remaining egg wash

Place the baking tray in the oven for about 50 to 55 minutes at 175°C

Take the speculaas cake out of the oven, allow to cool, cut into pieces, grab a coffee or a hot chocolate and enjoy!

Tip: the vandotsch speculaas cake taste best one or two days after baking as it becomes "very moist as well as more-ish on day two.

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