Biscoff Gooey Butter Cake

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This recipe came about because I had a load of cream cheese in the fridge and half a jar of Biscoff spread that needed using. I very nearly didn’t bother experimenting with this recipe as I didn’t think it would work but man, I’m glad I did. The base of the cake is like a soft shortbread with subtle comforting flavour from the vanilla and salt. The gooey Biscoff topping is sweet, caramel-ey and creamy and together, the layers remind me of an old-school dinner dessert or those puddings in a tin that you microwave which is certainly no bad thing.

Ingredients:

Cake Layer:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 Tbs. milk
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Gooey Biscoff Layer:

  • 8 oz full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter/Biscoff spread
  • 16 oz icing sugar, sifted
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminium foil and grease with butter or margarine.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and mix with a whisk until well-combined.  Add the egg, melted butter, milk and vanilla and mix well until a dough is formed. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. For the topping, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and Biscoff spread and beat well until smooth and creamy.  Slowly add the icing sugar, sieving in batches, and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the Biscoff layer onto the cake layer and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes. The edges will be set, the top will be shiny and the centre will still be a slightly wobbly but will continue to cook while the cake cools.

Cool the cake completely in the pan before cutting. It will have risen in the oven and will sink a little as it cools to create a lovely chewy topping.

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This recipe yields 20 squares of gooey deliciousness. I urge you to try this cake. It is so easy and so so tasty.

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