Speculoos Breakfast Cake

July 31, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: If a speculoos biscuit is a Pokemon (stay with me), then this cake is its final evolution. The original cookies become spread  ( which is perfect on apples or straight from the jar )  and that spreads becomes a simple breakfast cake. I would take a sheet of this moist cake, with it's subtle warm spice, over a Charizard any day.Kendra Vaculin

Makes: one 8-inch square cake


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup creamy Speculoos spread (a.k.a. Biscoff spread a.k.a. cookie butter a.k.a. the stuff of dreams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 scant cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • confectioners' sugar, for serving
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line an 8-inch square baking dish or a large loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch or so of overhang on each edge.
  3. In one large bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (egg through Speculoos) until smooth; in another, whisk together the dry ones (flour through baking powder).
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until well combined. Tip this batter into the prepared dish.
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a fork stuck into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the dish before lifting it out by the overhanging parchment pieces. Let cool entirely on the parchment on the counter before dusting with confectioners' sugar and slicing.

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9 Reviews

Matt H. July 10, 2017
Perfect metaphor 10/10 love it!
ezachos November 30, 2016
Loved this, so fragrant. But it didn't have as distinct a taste as I'd like. Any suggestoins for how to amp up the flavor a little?
Christina M. December 13, 2015
This cake fell for me. I believe the recipe calls for way too much leavening. 1 tsp. baking powder alone is enough to leaven the 1 c. flour. Baking soda is 4x the strength...disappointing.
krikri April 25, 2018
Yeah that was how I felt about it too. The result was too fluffy. If I try it again I'll cut the baking powder/soda down.
The P. August 14, 2015
I'm in luck. Aldi will stock cookie butter next week as part of an international food promotion. $3 a jar. Stock up!
The P. August 10, 2015
Where in this culinary backwater am I going to find Biscoff? There's a World Market store 40 miles away. Might they carry this item?
keg72 August 10, 2015
Amazon carries it!
Rita B. August 10, 2015
Hooray for Amazon! My go-to place for most everything.
Margaret R. August 10, 2015
Le Pain Quotidien sells an organic version on their online store!