Klappertaart, a Lekker Indonesian-Dutch Dessert

If you have the chance to visit Manado-North Sulawesi one day, you’ll find another Dutch-influenced dessert: Klappertaart (literally, coconut tart). It is a popular dessert in Manado, and a lot of bakeries are making good profit from its high demand (in 2011, the price for one 8-inch round cake pan is around $28, quite pricey for Indonesian desserts). This delicious dessert is associated with Manado because it originated from this city. In Manado international airport you’ll even find a bakery stall selling cups & pans of klappertaart that you can buy as a gift from Manado.

The influence of Dutch cuisine can be found in the mixture of milk, eggs, butter and flour that are thickened by heat. This thick custard also includes vanilla and rum, which creates a very tempting aroma. To me, baking the custard was a delicate task; as you can see in the photos my klappertaart seems a little too dark around the sides – a sign that it was overcooked. But hey, it wasn’t bad for a first try šŸ™‚

Here’s the recipe:



  1. 150 gr sugar
  2. 500 ml 2 percent milk
  3. 50 gr all purpose flour
  4. 25 gr cornstarch
  5. 3 egg yolks, whipped
  6. Coconut meat (from 2 coconuts or canned coconut, drained. Just make sure that it’s from a young coconut since the old ones are hard to chew.)
  7. 50 gr diced walnuts
  8. 75 gr butter
  9. 25 gr raisins
  10. 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder for topping
  11. 3 tablespoons vanilla essence
  12. 3 tablespoons rum or imitation rum
  13. Shredded cheese for topping (optional)


  1. In a small container, mix a portion of the milk (around 200 cc) with flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat the rest of the milk with sugar. Keep stirring.
  3. Slowly pour the mixture of milk and flour, stirring continuously. Bring to boil and then turn the heat off.
  4. Fold in butter to the mixture, then add the walnuts, raisins, vanilla essence and rum.
  5. Fold in the whipped egg yolks. Add the coconut meat.
  6. Pour the mixture into a cake pan. Put the raisins, walnuts, shredded cheese and the cinnamon as toppings.
  7. Bake at 160Ā° C for about 30 minutes until they turn golden.

Some people like to top the custard with meringue (whipped egg whites), but I’m happy with this version.

Eet smakelijk!


6 thoughts on “Klappertaart, a Lekker Indonesian-Dutch Dessert

    • Oh wow! I’m so glad to know that you’ve visited my hometown and got the chance to eat klappertaart! I hope it was an enjoyable visit for you.
      Thanks for the comment! šŸ™‚

  1. We were giving a training in Manado. The klappertaart was made for our last meal at the end of the week. I heard that it does not keep well, is that right? So that’s your home town! We are actually going again at the end of this year. I’m looking forward to that. Very friendly people and beautiful nature. Do you miss Manado? On my blog there a photo’s I made in Manado….

    • Yes that’s true, like other milk products it won’t last long especially in warm weather such as in Indonesia. People like to buy it from the airport as a gift for their families & friends in other places in Indonesia, although right now you can also find klappertaart in Jakarta or Bandung (to me, they don’t taste as good though).
      I’m not Manadonese but I call Manado my hometown, was born & raised there. Yes I miss it & all the spicy food! I shall return one day šŸ™‚ Glad that you like it there. You probably know this already but if you feel that you got starred a lot by the locals, just take it easy šŸ™‚ Manado is not yet used to tourists such as the locals in Bali, but they usually starred at tourists out of admiration!
      And oh, I enjoy reading your blog posts! I was looking for the Manado photos too but could not find it, can you please give me the link? Thanks!

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