Preparation info
  • Makes


    loaf (see )
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival baking from the heart of the Low Countries

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2023

  • About

Cornelis Kiliaan (c.1530–1607) described in his Etymologicum the word duyvenkater as a kind of cake that is given as a New Year’s gift. This festive loaf of the Netherlands has managed to survive while the vollaard in Belgium has been almost completely lost, though living on in the cougnou, mantepeirden and klaaskoeken.

When you ask elderly people from the Netherlands about duivekater they will tell you that the main flavour was lemon. This