Real Cookie Butter Cake Recipe

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  • This cookie butter cake recipe is fluffy and light and topped with a delicious creamy cookie butter frosting. Easy to make, this speculoos cake is great to serve as an afternoon snack or a dessert and decadent enough to serve as an occasion cake.White plate with a slice of cookie butter plate, blue linen napkin and gold fork to the side.

    This is a recipe for a real cookie butter cake. You see, most are vanilla cake recipes with a cookie butter frosting, but this recipe has cookie butter in the cake mixture for a moist, fluffy and delicious treat. You guys are going to love this recipe, it’s been a real hit with everyone in our house! Made with everyone’s favorite speculoos spread, I know you’ll enjoy this one as much as we do.

    To Make This Cake, You Will Need:

    • Flour, baking powder and salt
    • Salted butter and cookie butter
    • Eggs: preferable free run / organic
    • Vanilla extract: Pure is better than imitation if you can.
    • Buttermilk
    • Frosting: Butter, cookie butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream.

    How To Make This Cookie Butter Cake Recipe – Step by Step

    • Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Grease aN 8×8 or 7.5”x6” baking tin and line with parchment or a dusting of flour.Looking into a white baking dish with flour sprinkled inside.

    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

    • Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the batter until it is smooth. Add the sugar and cookie butter and mix on a medium-high speed until it is pale and fluffy (will take around 2-3 minutes).

      White bowl with flour at the bottom.

    • Reduce the speed and add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla.

    • Alternate adding the flour mixture and then the buttermilk (beginning and ending with the flour.) Incorporate fully after each addition and do not over mix.Looking inside a stand mixer with cookie butter cake ingredients inside.

    • Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

    • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

    • Let the cake cool to room temperature.

    FOR THE SPECULOOS SPREAD FROSTING

    • In a large bowl, beat the butter and cookie butter together until smooth.

    • Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

      Looking inside a stand mixer with cookie butter cake ingredients inside.

    • Add the heavy cream a tablespoon at a time and beat until it is light and fluffy.Stand mixer with cookie butter cake batter.

    • Once the cake is completely cool, spread the frosting over the top of the cake.White baking dish with a fully baked cake inside.

      A white baking dish with a cookie butter cake and frosting slathered on top.

    What Is Cookie Butter Cake?

    A cookie butter cake is made with cookie butter and it results in a wonderful cookie like flavored cake that is perfectly moist and fluffy. A lot of recipes for speculoos cakes are simply a vanilla cake with cookie butter frosting, but with this recipe, the cookie butter is incorporated into the cake batter so you get that amazing flavor all the way through each bite.

    White plate with a slice of cookie butter plate, blue linen napkin and gold fork to the side.

    What Does Cookie Butter Taste Like?

    Cookie butter (also called speculoos spread) is made from speculoos cookies, which are spiced cookies originating from the Netherlands that have a faint gingerbread flavor to them. The biscuits are ground up and mixed with vegetable oils to create a smooth, peanut butter like spread.

    Speculoos spread is the most addicting, delicious treat you can imagine! It’s one of those things that you simply have to grab when you go to Trader Joe’s- I promise you won’t regret it! If you love this cookie butter cake recipe, you’re going to love my cookie butter ice cream too.

    White surface with a jar of cookie butter.

    Make This Speculoos Cake for a Special Occasion!

    This cookie butter cake is rich and decadent, and you could easily turn it into a birthday or other occasion cake. Add some sprinkles and candles and you have a yummy cake everyone will enjoy. Of course, you can just cut a slice and enjoy it mid-afternoon with a cup of coffee too!

    Top Tips To Make This Cookie Butter Cake

    • For this cake, you will need a 8×8 or 7.5”x6” baking tin.
    • Be sure to grease your baking tin and line it with parchment for easy removal.
    • Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
    • Take care not to over mix the batter.
    • Let the cake cool to room temperature before frosting it.

    A white baking dish, cake cut into squares, one piece removed and placed on a white plate.

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    Cookie Butter Cake

    A cookie butter cake is made with cookie butter and it results in a wonderful cookie like flavored cake that is perfectly moist and fluffy.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cookie butter cake recipe, easy butter cookie cake, real butter cookie cake
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 50 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    Servings 12
    Calories 647 kcal

    Ingredients

    Cookie Butter Cake

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 tablespoons salted butter (at room temperature)
    • 1 1/2 cups cookie butter
    • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3/4 cup buttermilk (at room temperature)

    Cookie Butter Frosting

    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 14 ounces cookie butter (1 jar)
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon heavy cream (or the heaviest milk you have on hand)

    Instructions

    Cookie Butter Cake

    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºf. Grease a 8x8 or 7.5”x6” baking tin and line with parchment.

    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

    3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugar and cookie butter and mix on a medium-high speed until it is pale and fluffy (will take around 2-3 minutes).

    4. Reduce the speed and add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla.

    5. Alternate adding the flour mixture and then the buttermilk (beginning and ending with the flour.) Incorporate fully after each addition and do not over mix.

    6. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

    7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

    8. Let the cake cool to room temperature.

    For the frosting

    1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and cookie butter together until smooth.

    2. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

    3. Add the heavy cream a tablespoon at a time and beat until it is light and fluffy.

    4. Once the cake is completely cool, spread the frosting over the top of the cake.

    Recipe Notes

    • For this cake, you will need a 8x8 or 7.5”x6” baking tin.
    • Be sure to grease your baking tin and line it with parchment for easy removal.
    • Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.
    • Take care not to over mix the batter.
    • Let the cake cool to room temperature before frosting it.
    Nutrition Facts
    Cookie Butter Cake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 647 Calories from Fat 360
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 40g62%
    Saturated Fat 15g75%
    Cholesterol 66mg22%
    Sodium 227mg9%
    Potassium 101mg3%
    Carbohydrates 76g25%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 51g57%
    Protein 7g14%
    Vitamin A 490IU10%
    Calcium 52mg5%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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