Biscoff has been competing hard with Oreo to be crowned Queen of the Cookies. IMHO, I think it wins. Firstly, it tastes a lot better dunked in a steaming hot cup of tea, compared to an Oreo. Oreos do not get dunked in tea. Absolutely not.
For seconds, there's this distinct caramelly taste, and the dark amber colour is extremely appetising, which makes the Biscoff superior despite its relatively modest appearance. It's no wonder it's blown up absolutely everywhere - Biscoff ice cream, Biscoff sandwiches, Biscoff Spread (like crack...but better for you), Biscoff lattes...Biscoff everything. And most obviously, Biscoff CAKE!
I was excited to find a mega cheap Biscoff-ish cake at Sainsbury's for just £2. I grabbed two of them to make a super tall layer cake for this week's Fake Bakes challenge.
But turns out this Sainsbury's didn't have any regular Biscoff biscuits in stock. So I scoped out another...and they didn't either. I looked on their website and app...nope, no regular Biscoff bickies in ANY Sainsburys. It seems they've delisted them. So I had to get the Biscoff sandwich cookies which ate into my tenner a bit more than I'd have liked.
Luckily, along with the jar of Biscoff spread it all came up to a tight total of £9.90. I REALLY stretched my tenner this week and I'm mega chuffed about that! Plus, surely a sandwich cookie is an upgrade to a basic biscuit right?!
Fake Bake Recipe - Biscoff Cake
2x Ready-made Round Biscoff/Speculoos/Caramelised Biscuit Layer Cakes (5" or 6" size)
1 tub (400g) of ready-made buttercream-style Vanilla icing
150g Biscoff Biscuit Spread
Biscoff Biscuits (I used Biscoff sandwich biscuits as there were no regular ones available)
1. Prepare the cake decorating station with a cake turntable, angled palette knife, cake scraper, a cake board, a tablespoon, a piping bag fitted with a small star nozzle, and a spatula.
2. Unbox the cakes. Smear a dollop of buttercream in the middle of the cake board on the turntable, and then placed one of the layer cakes on the board. Remove any paper wrapping along the edges.
3. Decant the buttercream into a bowl and loosen it with a spatula. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Biscoff spread and mix in till uniform. Be careful not to add more Biscoff spread as the tub frosting will seize with too much fat.
4. Dab some buttercream on the top of the cake. This layer cake is already frosted at the top so you only need to spread a little bit to even it out roughly.
5. Place the other layer cake on top of the buttercream layer. Remove the paper wrapping.
6. Spread and smooth buttercream. I used a piping bag as the buttercream was stiffer than usual. Run a cake scraper along the sides of the cake.
7. You can warm a metal cake scraper in hot water and use it to smooth the buttercream along the sides. I used the warmth of my clean hands to do it and then gently pressed the cake scraper along the sides to even out any soft lumps.
8. Separate 6-7 Biscoff sandwich cookies. Discard the filling and crush the biscuits using a rolling pin or in a food processor. Crust the sides of the cake with the Biscoff crumbs.
9. Warm the Biscoff spread in the microwave (or over a double boiler) for 30 seconds until just runny. Pour 3-4 tablespoons over the top of the cake and push a a few drips over the edges using the back of the spoon gently.
10. Fit a piping bag with a small star nozzle tip and fill with the remaining buttercream. Pipe a few swirls around the top in any pattern. Decorate with more Biscoff sandwich cookies.
Et Voila! Can you believe this cake is under £10?! Me neither! It looks incredible and would fool anyone into thinking it's professionally made. And for minimal effort, it really looks like a great last-minute birthday cake. It was a little more tedious in terms of how stiff the buttercream got with the Biscoff spread - if you have the time, then making your own buttercream would of course elevate the taste and appearance of the cake. But this challenge isn't about making great things from scratch anyway and for a budget Biscoff cake, this BANGS.
According to my Instagram poll though, a quarter of our followers still can't be bothered to recreate this. For those of you, you can order our blinged up Biscoff inspired cakes, such as our Tea Time Treats cake (with a CHOCOLATE TEAPOT!), and have it delivered in London straight to your door.
Lots of love,