You will love this cookie butter cake because it is tender, moist and loaded with cookie butter flavor!
This cookie butter cake was the recipe that started it all. The idea of starting a food blog is something that I've been thinking about for many years now. It started when Big E was an infant and my sister introduced me to Pinterest. I've never considered myself a crafty person and originally thought Pinterest would be of no interest to me. Then I took a look. All the beautiful pictures of food, entertaining stories and recipes in one convenient place. I quickly became hooked and wasted many naptimes feeding my new Pinterest addiction.
I've always loved baking and entertaining and developed a love of cooking in my later 20's, so a food type blog seemed right up my alley. But, I was a new mom. But, I don't write well. But, I don't know all the technical stuff. But, but, but......you get the idea. I was scared and found lots of excuses.
In those early days, I would pull out my camera and pretend to style food and photograph it. I realized how challenging it is to take tantalizing photos! See early attempt ~
I'd write in my head while I ran, but I let fear hold me back from taking action. The years sped past and the blog idea would come and go. We had another daughter, I continued to work as a dental hygienist two days a week and felt like there was never enough time for me. The realization set in that I was feeling a bit lost in my identity and was searching for who I was after becoming a mom.
I continued to bake and started playing with my camera. I found a new spark and was having fun! The blog idea crept back in and one day I actually said it out loud to my husband, "I think....maybe....I'd like to try starting a blog". There, I actually said it out loud. Yikes!!! Being the awesome human that he is, my husband was supportive and said I should give it a go.
Then he challenged me to start creating more of my own recipes. A day or two later I saw a quote that included, "you've got to start to go anywhere", and at the market that day I came across a special display of Biscoff cookies and cookie butter and I felt like it was a sign. That night, after the girls were in bed, I got busy in the kitchen and this cookie butter cake was born. We've come to love it and I hope you do too!
You will love this cookie butter cake because it is tender, moist and loaded with lovely hints of cookie butter. I created it because I love the cookie butter flavor and wanted it to shine through in every bite. You get cookies (ground to flour consistency) in the batter, a layer of pure cookie butter, and cookie butter buttercream with some crushed cookies between the layers. It's cookie butter heaven!!! Don't let the Swiss Meringue buttercream scare you, the lightness of the frosting is key to letting the cookie butter be the star of the show. Now get to your kitchen and make this cake, you won't be disappointed!
HAVE YOU TRIED THESE OTHER CAKE/CUPCAKE RECIPES?
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Cookie Butter Cake
Cookie Butter Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 ground Biscoff cookies yields a shy ½ cup
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 extra large eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup buttermilk room temperature
- 6 Biscoff cookies crumbled
- ¾ cup cookie butter
Cookie Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream***
- 5 extra large egg whites
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter room temperature*
- ½ cup cookie butter
For the cake:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Prepare two 8-inch round baking pans; butter the pans, line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper, butter again and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
- Place 6 Biscoff cookies in your food processor and pulse several times to reach a flour-like consistency. This will yield a shy ½ cup of ground cookies.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, ground Biscoff cookies, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars on medium-high until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Scrape down bowl, add your eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and buttermilk in three alternating additions, beginning and ending with the dry, being careful not to over mix your batter.
- Divide your batter equally between the two prepared pans and bake 30-35 minutes, until tops are lightly browned and a toothpick or cake tester comes out mostly clean. Cool cake layers in pans placed on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before turning them onto the wire rack to cool completely. Be sure to leave them topside up.
For the buttercream:
- Wipe the bowl and whisk of your stand mixer with vinegar or lemon juice to make sure it is grease free or your egg whites may not stiffen.
- Whisk egg whites, sugar and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Whisk and heat mixture over a saucepan of simmering water until hot to touch, sugar is fully dissolved (you should not feel any granules when rubbed between your fingers) and it’s a bit frothy, approximately 3 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the saucepan and wipe the bottom dry. Place on your stand mixer and whisk on medium-high until the mixture is cool and the meringue holds a stiff peak (the bottom of your bowl should also be cooled), approximately 10 minutes.
- Switch to the paddle attachment, reduce the speed to medium and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, letting the butter fully incorporate before adding more. ** Once all butter is incorporated, scrape down sides of the bowl and add cookie butter and whip until a thick, whipped consistency is reached.
Assemble the cake:
- Once the cakes are cool, level with a large serrated knife or cake leveler, if needed.
- Place one layer on a serving plate, cake stand or a cardboard cake round, topside up. Spread ¾ cup of cookie butter evenly over the layer. Add about 1 cup of buttercream and spread evenly over the cookie butter. Then sprinkle the 6 crumbled Biscoff cookies over the buttercream and gently press into the frosting.
- Place the second layer, topside down, on top of the filling. Lightly frost the cake to create a crumb coat. This does not have to be perfect, it is meant to lock all the crumbs into the thin layer of frosting. Chill cake for 30 minutes to set the crumb coat.
- Frost with remaining buttercream, smoothing evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with swirls of frosting around the top edge of cake, if desired. Wilton 1M is my favorite tip. You can also embellish with extra Biscoff cookies between the swirls and sprinkle crushed cookies around the base of the cake.
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Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it!
Thank you Coleen! I hope you love it as much as we do 🙂
i know my brain is not functioning correctly this morning, but when you say 'cookie butter' what are you referring to? Sorry to be such a dummy 😊
I'd really like to try this!
Hi Lynne! Cookie butter is a spread with a consistency like peanut butter, but it is made with spice cookies, commonly called Biscoff or Speculoos. Trader Joe's sells a version and I also find it at Target. It typically is sold near the peanut butter. You'll have to let me know if you make it. 🙂
Finally got a chance to try this one - my entire family LOVED it, and when I took the rest into work it was GONE in a couple of hours. Amazing recipe!!
Thank you Sarah! So happy to hear that it was so loved!!❤️
Loved this cake! I will cut back on the salt in the frosting. But other than that, it was a hit. I could not find cookie butter so made my own. Not sure what bought tastes like or consistency but I thought the homemade came out fine.
Thank you for making my cookie butter cake and coming back to leave a comment. I truly appreciate both and am so happy you loved it! I am also happy to hear that homemade cookie butter worked well as I haven't tested that myself.
This looks great I have a question that I HOPE you can answer. First, I am afraid to make the traditional method of SMBC. I tried twice years ago and could never get it to emulsify. Heat, chilling, more whipping nothing worked. I live in Orlando and it’s hot and humid so....
Anyway, I make my SMBC different, without making a meringue. I whip the butter then add cool sugar syrup in 2 batches and viola! Firm, Easy. Always. Also, I slowly microwave the sugar-eggs til 160 and it’s fast!
Have you ever tried my method? I am making my son’s birthday cake tonight and he LOVES LOVES cookie butter. I want to add 1/2-3/4 a cup of the cookie butter, but I don’t have more ingredients if it gets messed up. Do you if my method is basically the same? The butter is a more solid ingredient chemistry-wise to add another ingredient to so I have been making this fast way for a long time. Love it. Soft and fluffy. Yum. Very fast too. Plus I double the egg-sugar portion and put half in freezer for next even faster batch. It doesn’t freeze as the sugar level is too high.
Any suggestion would be great! Thank you!
Hi Cynthia. I'm sorry traditional SMBC hasn't worked for you. I wish I could see you go through the process to help! It's frustrating to waste the time and money on a failed project.
I've never tried your method (I don't even own a microwave!) so I cannot guarantee the results. Given that your method works for you every time, I would suspect that adding the cookie butter to yours should work just fine.
I'm not sure if it's just the cookie butter that you are short on or all the buttercream ingredients. If it's just the cookie butter and you are worried about the results, you could start with a quarter cup and make sure it's emulsifying fine. When everything's okay, you could add more. Good luck! I know you can do this and I look forward to hearing how it goes! 😊
Im preparing the cake tonight for a contest tomorrow. My mother seems to think that anything with meringue needs to be consumed immediately or it will break back down to a liquid..... Do I need to do the frosting closer to time??
Hi Amanda. No, the Swiss meringue will stay stable for days after the addition of all the butter. I recommend chilling it well once you've frosted it, especially if you need to travel with it. I always store my cakes in the refrigerator, but take them out a few hours prior to serving to allow them to warm to room temperature. The frosting will last at room temperature for a day or two as well. I hope you win!!
This cake was amazing! RAVE reviews!! Moist cake! Dreamy SMBC!!!! Awesome recipe!
Hi Amira, your sweet comment just made my night. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this cake, I too find the cookie butter swiss meringue to be incredibly dreamy!
I don;'t have a stand mixer will I have issue if it use my hand mixer for the SMBC?
Hi Hope, I have never used a hand mixer to make SMBC. I typically run my stand mixer on high for 10-15 minutes to reach the stiff peak stage with the meringue. Then it's probably another 10-15 to add in all the butter. It's do-able, but consider that your times will likely be longer than with a stand mixer. I Googled "making SMBC with a hand mixer" and several articles come up. Please let me know how it comes out!
Hi! Can this be made into cupcakes?
Hi Tee! I have halved this recipe and made it into 12 cupcakes, but was not overly thrilled with the cupcake texture. I currently am testing cupcakes and hope to have a perfect cookie butter cupcake recipe to share soon.💗
Made this for my father's birthday! Doubled the recipe and put them into 9x13 pan to make it as a sheet cake! I may have baked it a little too long, but that was my own error. Other than that it was great!! really good cookie butter taste and the butter cream was pretty easy! No curdling or hassle for me! 12/10 for sure!! Thanks for the recipes, I look forward to making more from your new discovered blog!! Lots of love!!
Hi Juliana, thank you for the sweet comment! So happy you enjoyed this cake for your father's birthday!💗
Hello. Ive made the cake before but want to make in a quarter sheet pan, 11x17. Will doubling it do the trick,
along w the frosting? And bake time?
If you have the info. Thanks. One of the most delicious cakes and frosting. My daughter requested for her birthday.
Hi Amy, I am so happy to hear you love this cookie butter cake! I have not attempted baking this cake on a sheet pan, so I don't have any true feedback to give you. If I am understanding the bake pan correctly, a sheet pan will yield a much thinner cake so the bake time will decrease. If I were attempting this, I would start checking the cake at half the bake time.
Cookie butter is a new thing to me but atleast now I know what it is and I have your directions to help me try this recipe. Thanks for bringing some more summery joy to my baking. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
I hope you have a lovely weekend too, Hasin! It seems like I've been introducing lots of people lately to cookie butter.😉. It is definitely a favorite around here!
Hi Tasia, this looks like a great recipe!
I’m looking to make this cake for my mum’s birthday. Is it possible to convert the ingredients into grams please?
Hi Mushili, here are the ingredients in gram measurements. 2 cups all-purpose flour, 250g. 6 Biscoff cookies, 50g. 3/4 cup butter, 170g. 1 cup granulated sugar, 200g. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 100g. 3/4 cup buttermilk, 180mL. 3/4 cup cookie butter spread, 180g. 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 250g. 1/2 cup cookie butter spread, 120g. Phew, I think I got all of them for you. Happy birthday to your mum, I hope she loves the cake!
So kind of you! Thank you so much Tasia!
Just want to say thank you so much for this recipe. I was looking for an excellent cake recipe to make for my birthday and this was beyond excellent. I’d go so far as to say this is the best cake I’ve ever made. The SMBC is intimidating but patience is key, I wasn’t sure it’d turn out the way it should but it did! Thank you thank you for making my birthday so great with this recipe.
Aww, thank you Emily! You just made my day and I'm thrilled that my recipe got to help celebrate your birthday! Thank you for coming back to share your results. SMBC is definitely more challenging to make and I'm glad you gave it a try! Happy belated birthday!
Made this last night for my son’s birthday, instructions were spot on about the frosting, we haven’t cut it yet but it looks delicious I used the Biscott chocolate bottomed cookies for the decorating on top!
Thank you for coming back to comment Lisa! I love the idea of chocolate coated cookies for the garnish. I hope you son has had the best birthday!
I made this but turned it into a keto recipe. Absolutely delicious. Instead of cookie butter in the icing I just used cookie butter flavoring. Perfect!
Hi Jennifer ~ I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this cake recipe! Thank you for coming back to comment.
I made this yesterday...twice actually. Both times I would deem somewhat failures! I followed the directions and they just did not bake properly and I don't know why. I have successfully made the cupcake version a couple of times! The cake was for a friend so used the best two of the four. It still tasted delicious and the icing is a dream.! Hesitant to try it again but I might. I use Wilton 8 inch pans with baking strips. Thanks for the recipes 🙂
Hi Hilary, thank you for coming back to comment. I'm sorry the cakes misbehaved, but am happy you found them delicious. I've never used the baking strips and don't think they should be the culprit, but I wonder if that played any roll. Thank you again for trying it, I find the cookie butter Swiss meringue to be dreamy as well.
Another friend has asked me to make her one so I will be attempting again!
Yay! Now you've got me wanting to make it again too.
Finally! I finally found a cookie butter recipe that isn't dry and tasted like cookie butter without having to add it into the filling or frosting. But how long can it keep in the fridge or in the freezer for?
This cake is a dream! It’s the best from scratch cake I’ve ever made. Thank you for the excellent recipe.
Hi Jenn, I'm so happy you love this cookie butter cake! Thank you for making it and sharing your results!