Cookie Butter Cake

I’ve always had a deep love for Biscoff cookies (thank you Delta), but I didn’t know about cookie butter until a couple years ago!

I received flat of cookie butter a few months ago, and have wanted to make a cookie butter cake ever since.

This month I finally made it happen, and boy am I glad I did!! This is one of my favorite cakes I’ve made.

Staying true to the ingredients used to make Biscoff cookies, the main flavors in this cake are dark brown sugar and cinnamon. The recipe can be found below.

cookie butter cake slice with fork

Instructions:

Begin by making the cake layers. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line four 7” (for taller layers) or 8? round pans with parchment rounds, and grease with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt) in a stand mixer with a paddle until fully combined.

Mix chunks of room-temperature butter slowly into the dry mix, on a low speed. Continue to mix until no large chunks of butter remain, and the mixture becomes crumbly.

Pour in egg whites, and mix on low until just incorporated.

Mix in the buttermilk in two installments, on a low speed.

Add in vanilla and oil, and mix at a low speed until fully incorporated.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds.

Divide evenly between the prepared cake pans.

Bake for 37-38 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean).

Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then run an offset spatula around perimeter of the pan to separate the cake from the pan.

Place cake layers into the freezer for 45 minutes, to accelerate the cooling process.

While these layers bake pretty flat, sometimes I’ll also trim the top of the layers too!

Be sure the layers are completely cooled or chilled before trimming. If you try to trim the layers while they’re still warm, they will crumble apart.

Next, make the vanilla buttercream frosting. This will be the base used to make the cookie butter frosting as well!

Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment, until smooth.

Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of cream.

Once fully mixed, add in the vanilla and salt, and beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.

If the frosting is too thick, add in cream (1 teaspoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time).

To make the cookie butter frosting, place 1/3 of the vanilla frosting into a separate bowl.

Add 1 cup of cookie butter, plus 2 additional Tbsp. of heavy cream, and mix until fully combined.

NOTE: When making frosting for a cake, it is important to mix the buttercream on low at the end of the process for a couple minutes, to get out any extra air that might have be incorporated during the mixing process. This will make it easier to get super smooth sides on your cake!

Stack and frost layers on a cardboard cake round. Frost an even layer of vanilla buttercream, then chill the cake in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

Add another layer of cookie butter buttercream on top of this, and spread evenly on top of the vanilla buttercream.

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Heat up 3/4 cup of cookie butter for 10 seconds, and drizzle 1/4 of a cup of cookie butter over each layer.

Repeat, with remaining layers, until all are stacked.

Cover the cake in a thin crumb coat using both frostings, and chill in the freezer or fridge for about 5 minutes.

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Once the crumb coat is firm to the touch, add a second layer of vanilla frosting.

Smooth using a bench scraper.

You can see a full tutorial on how to frost a cake with smooth sides here.

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Carefully press the chopped up Biscoff cookies onto the sides of the cake.

Add less cookie bits as you work up the sides of the cake, to create a cookie gradient.

Press larger chunks of cookies around the base, and smaller bits higher up.

Gentry use your finger tips to add some crumbs around the upper parts of the cake.

piping boarder on cookie butter cake

Place remaining vanilla frosting into a piping bag fitted with a medium sized french piping tip.

Place the remaining cookie butter frosting in a separate bag fitted with a small french piping tip.

Pipe a boarder of cookie butter frosting around the top edge of the cake.

Pipe a slightly larger boarder inside the cookie butter frosting boarder.

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Heat 1/4 cup of cookie butter for about 10 seconds, then drizzle in the center of the cake with a spoon.

cookie butter cake slice with fork

I have never added two types of frosting between layers, and I loved the way it looked when I cut into the cake!

Cookie Butter Cake Batter:

  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar ( prefer using dark brown sugar, the extra molasses adds great flavor!)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter or 2 sticks (226 grams), room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup egg whites – about 7 large egg whites; I use egg whites from the carton to avoid wasting egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil

Vanilla and Cookie Butter Buttercream Frosting:

  • 8 sticks or 4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 16 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup  heavy cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • For the cookie butter frosting: 1 cup cookie butter + 2 additional Tbsp heavy cream

Additional Decorations:

  • 12 Biscoff cookies, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of cookie butter (to drizzle on top)
  • French piping tips (to pipe the boarder)

74 thoughts on “Cookie Butter Cake

  1. Omg this looks sooo delicious!! I love Biscoff cookies too! Can’t wait to try it!

    Just wondering if a regular sized kitchen aid mixer can take 16 cups of powdered sugar in one go or do you have to make the frosting in two batches??

      1. Since I’m from Germany i can’t buy it any cookie butter.. is there anywhere the receipt for the cookie butter ?
        We do have the Bischoff cookies!
        Love your beautiful cakes they look awesome ?

  2. Hi: In your “Additional Decorations” instructions, you reference “16 cups powdered sugar” in addition to the 16 cups of powdered sugar identified in the Buttercream Frosting ingredient list … how are we supposed to use the 2nd 16 cups of powdered sugar? Thanks!

      1. So happy I could “help” with the recipe
        … your cake tutorials, videos and observations are incredibly creative and fun! From a grateful Chelsweets fan!

  3. Absolutely marvelous… only rave reviews from my usually sweet-avoidant friends and family!

    I used 4 Round Wilton Performance 8 inch cake pans and mixed up the frosting as directed but in two batches (my standard KitchenAid
    stand mixer would only accommodate 4 sticks
    of butter and 8 cups of powdered sugar at a time) then followed the written instructions.

    But I figured out that the top layer does not receive two coats of frosting and a cookie butter drizzle below the crumb coat… the top layer gets just the crumb coat, then the finishing white frosting, and eventually the decorations and drizzle of cookie butter.

    This beautiful cake must feed about 20 people… I had some very hungry folks here, and there was plenty left over.

    Thank you, Chelsweets, for the fabulous recipe and great project!

      1. Happy to post happy feedback! Let me know if you are interested in photos amd if so where to send them ???

  4. How big of a bench scraper do you use on your standard 4 layer cakes? How do you freeze your layers for future cakes and how far ahead can you decorate and freeze a cake? Sorry for all the questions, especially if you’ve answered them somewhere already.

    1. I use a 6 inch bench scraper! I make my cake layers a few days in advance, and either wrap them in plastic wrap to keep them fresh, or place them in an airtight container once they’re fully cooled. They can be stored like this for up to a week!

  5. I was going to try to make these into cupcakes. Can I change your vanilla recipe into the brown sugar cake recipe you made?

  6. I’m making this for my brother’s girlfriend’s birthday and she is an amazing baker (I am nervous!). Can I make the frosting and decorate 24 hours in advance or will the cookies get soggy? Thanks!

    1. definitely!!! The cookies will be less crunchy, but the cake will still taste great!! I almost always make my cakes in advance 🙂 Best of luck, and happy baking!!

  7. I just made this cake last week and it was SO GOOD. Thanks for all the cake inspiration! Keep it comin’, you’re our favorite!

  8. Hi Chelsea,
    I’ve never heard of Biscoff cookies before, I’m from Ontario Canada. I looked them up and is the shortbread style the only cookie they carry? Is that what you used?

  9. Has anyone ever made a cake using half the ingredients? I really want to make this cake but don’t need that big of a cake.

  10. This looks amazing! Just a question. Where it reads: “Add another layer of cookie BUTTER on top of this, and spread evenly on top of the vanilla buttercream” – should it say “Add another layer of cookie BUTTERCREAM…”?

  11. I think this is my favorite cake of all time!!! When I took my first bite I could hardly believe how WONDERFUL it was!!! Moist,spicy, and the cookie butter filling and vanilla icing along with the cake OMG!!! my family loved it as well. I’ve made it 3 times already? love you and your recipes and tutorials??? Thank you!!

  12. Thank you for this awesome recipe! I have been wanting to try a cookie butter cake since I saw someone make one on Cake Wars (lol). Gave this recipe a try yesterday. Its delicious!! The cookie butter buttercream is amazing! (We are using the left over as a dip for the cookies! ) The cake is just beautiful and even prettier when cut! I will definitely be making this recipe again.

  13. Chelsea and Chandi: I “make my own” buttermilk for all Chelsweets’s amazing cakes: Put 1 T. white vinegar in a 1 c. measuring cup, add milk (whole is best, or skimmed milk with a bit of heavy cream) and microwave on high for 30 seconds … let it stand in the microwave for a few minutes until it “curdles”, then stir it up and Voila! “Buttermilk”! Hope this helps.

  14. This looks amazing! I would like to try it for my daughters birthday but will be using fondant. Will this cake hold up to fondant? Thanks!!

  15. Can I make this cake and freeze it for a week and then frost it? I am making it for my friend’s birthday next week, but we are leaving for vacation in a day. I won’t have time to actually make everything before her birthday, so I wanted to cut down on time by making it ahead of time.

    1. yup! you can freeze the cake layers for up to a week! Just be sure to wrap them in saran wrap or place them in an airtight container!

  16. I would love to make this into cupcakes. Can you recommend any adaptations required. I’m looking to make 24! Thank you x

  17. How far in advance can I make this entire cake, frosting and all? If I put in in an airtight container and in the refrigerator, will it last a few days, or what is your storage suggestion? Will it still be good? I know the cookies may get soggy, I may leave those off the sides. Thank you.

    1. I make cakes several days in advance all the time!! once they’re frosted I just leave them in my fridge! I don’t cover them, but I also don’t really keep any other food in my fridge other than butter and baking ingredients (we don’t cook!).

  18. i have been looking forward to making this! I went to buy the 7 inch pans, but our Michaels did not carry…so i bought the 8 inch. After making the batter, there was barely enough to fill 3 pans, no way to make 4. The three cakes were very flat..about 1-maybe 1.5 inches! I remade the batter, but only used 2 of the 8 inch pans! Cakes were not that much taller, but better. I haven’t completed the cake yet, that will be tomorrow, but was a bit disappointed.

    1. I order my 7 inch pans online from amazon! But I frequently use this amount of batter to make 3 or 4 (thin) layers in 8 inch pans! I usually use 8 inch pans when I am filling a cake though, so it still has a decent height. If you want super thick layers, I’d recommend using 7 inch pans, or even 6 inch depending on what you’re after.

  19. I was writing down the cookie butter cake batter and got through the whole recipe and saw there was no cookie butter in this batter, so where does the cookie butter come into this cookie butter cake batter recipe come in? I don`t want it just in the frosting

    1. The batter doesn’t use actually cookie butter, but incorporates the flavors of it (brown sugar and cinnamon). This allows it to taste like cookie butter, without throwing off the consistency of the cake layers.

  20. Omg….I cannot wait to make this for my son’s 16th birthday next week! I have looked into tons of different cakes and could not believe I found this. He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Biscoff cookies! I do have a question. Have you ever tried to make.a Cookie Butter ganache? My son has always wanted a drip cake. I wonder if I replace some heavy cream with the speculous, would I get a pourable icing that would firm up? Hmmmm. Let me know what you think!

    1. I have not, just because cookie butter always seems kind of oily!! I am not sure it would work, which is why I’ve never tested it out! I’m not saying it won’t, I just have no idea. If you do try it, please let me know how it goes! I’d love to know 🙂

      1. I might try that as an experiment!
        Another question please! My family does not really like sweet American buttercream and I found a really fast and easy way to make SMBC where you add the sugar-egg mixture to whipped butter. Light and fluffy and not too sweet. Frosts great. You said IMBC would work with cookie butter. I am making cake tonight for my son’s birthday tomorrow on the 15th of April. Have you heard if Swiss Meringue will definitely work if adding cookie butter? Thanks so much Chelsea! Big fan…Love your website!

      2. Hi Chelsea!
        UPDATE: 3/4-1 cup of the cookie butter (CB) incorporated into my Easy Swiss Buttercream perfectly. I don’t make meringue.Just melt sugar into All-Whites carton eggs and add to whipped butter…viola!
        Second, I did not need to try and make a CB ganache for drips. I took a chance and heated the CB to a slightly more liquid state than the CB you put into layers. After doing a final cool-down of the layered cake in the fridge, the CB poured beautifully down into drips on the side of cake, but didn’t run too fast because the cooled cake firmed it up. This cake was literally the best cake I have ever made! Everyone loved it and eaten pretty quickly…..and it was a BIG cake.
        I never would have attempted all of this without your wonderful baking skills to give me confidence. Thank you!

  21. For time an convenience, I was going to buy the vanilla buttercream (don’t judge!). How much does vanilla buttercream does your recipe yield so that I can combine properly? Thanks!

    1. no judgement here! Baking takes forever, so I totally understand. it can vary based on how much air you whip into it, but I’d say you’ll need about 12 cups of frosting

  22. Hello! I have a quick question about the texture of the cake, is it spongy due to the egg whites or is it a more dense cake? Thank you!

Let me know what you think!