Handmade Loaves: Arretje’s Cake

Remember Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook? Di who hosted the Sundae Sunday last July and the Virtual Cookie Exchange last December? Well, she came up with another great idea: Handmade Loaves. She asked some bloggers if they would like to bake a loaf of their own picking and then she would organize a roundup. I decided to make something easy with ingredients I had on hand: a non-bake loaf cake called Arretje’s Cake.

Arretje’s Cake is a cold cake that is traditionally eaten in different Dutch regions. The name comes from a cartoon figure called Arretje Nof that was used as advertisement for the butter brand of the Nederlandse Olie Fabrieken (NOF) (Dutch Oil Factories).

Though the exact ingredients differ per region and recipe, the base is the same. The ingredients are mixed and then need to rest in the fridge to stiffen up. Here’s my favorite recipe. You can use margarine, but I prefer to use butter as it makes the Arretje’s Cake much tastier! Be sure to cut the cake into thin slices, this cake is very rich.

Arretje’s Cake

200 grams  (dry) biscuits
200 grams butter
200 grams fine sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa

Break the biscuits into pieces.
Add the cocoa and the sugar.
Stir in the eggs.
Warm the butter (don’t boil it!!!!) and mix it through.

Line a loaf tin with plastic wrap and fill the tin with the mixture.
Press down well.
Let the tin rest in the fridge for a whole day.
Remove the cake from the tin and cut into thin slices.


3 Responses to “Handmade Loaves: Arretje’s Cake”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Wonderful! Love non-bake treats. What kind of biscuits did you use?

  2. Di Says:

    Neat idea! I have the same question as Margaret, what sort of biscuits? Just any fairly plain cookie? Thanks for joining in. =)

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