Chocolate Snack Cake with Biscoff Buttercream

This morning I let my little girl watch Charlotte’s Web.  She was really into it.

And then Charlotte died.


As Munchie cried into the couch, I tried to persuade her to play a game with me, build a fort, paint my toenails, start a fire with 2 sticks, anything!  The sniffling continued.

“What will make you feel better?” I asked as I rubbed her back and tried to console her.

“I think…I think we should bake a cake and write ‘To Charlotte’ on it and eat it,” she sniffled.

What could I do?  Say no?  This woman doesn’t say no to cake and I certainly don’t say no to cake when I’ve traumatized my innocent child.  🙂

So we put on some Christmas music (what?  too soon?  never too soon in this house) and got to it.  This is my favorite chocolate snack cake.  Here’s why I call it a snack cake:  It has a lighter chocolate flavor than more dessert-like chocolate cakes, I make it in an 8-inch square pan which is very petite and snack-like in my book, and if I call it a snack cake I can eat it when I like.  So there.  Snack cake.

We usually enjoy this moist cake without frosting and sometimes sprinkle it with a bit of powdered sugar.  But after mourning the loss of a friend she only knew for an hour, my Munchie girl want to spice it up with a bit of frosting.  We decided to add a little sweet Biscoff buttercream to it today.  If you’ve had Biscoff, you’re all in, right?  If you haven’t had Biscoff, well…

I don’t know what to say.  Get it.

A little history: Biscoff is the name given to the traditional Speculoos biscuits popular in Europe (Trader Joe’s carries at Speculoos) and hails from Belgium.  The spread came after the popular cookie and the Biscoff website says that the name is “derived from the combination of words Biscuit and Coffee, simply because their caramel flavor and crisp texture make these cookies the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or espresso drink.”

I agree.  The spread is essentially crushed Biscoff/Speculoos cookies–it’s smooth, buttery, and creamy with a hint of cinnamon flavor.  You can use it many ways:  I know people who dunk chocolate bars in it, spread it on toasted bread, slather it over shortbread cookies.  🙂  I haven’t found the Biscoff cookies at any stores nearby, but I had them on a flight to Europe  (which is how they became popular internationally) and in a hotel in Copenhagen.  So I’m merely a consumer of the spread…for now.  I’m just glad we can find Biscoff in the states these days!  Woo!  Thank you Belgium!

We didn’t add “To Charlotte” on the cake today.  Instead, my little one settled for chocolate sprinkles.  I think Charlotte would approve.

Enough of the history lesson.  Here’s my recipe for an incredibly moist Chocolate Snack Cake with Biscoff Buttercream.    Add a cup of coffee or cold glass of milk and enjoy!

Chocolate Snack Cake with Biscoff Buttercream



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold water

Grease an 8 inch square pan and preheat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and instant coffee.  With a flat rubber spatula or your hand, break up any cocoa clumps.  Then make 3 wells in the flour mix.  Add the oil into one, vinegar into another, and vanilla into the last well.  Pour the water over all ingredients slowly.  With a hand blender, beat all on low until combined.  This will be a thinner batter than most cake batters.  Don’t worry! 🙂  Pour into greased dish and bake for about 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Cool.  Once cooled, add frosting or dust lightly with powdered sugar.

Frosting: (from Biscoff)

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy Biscoff spread
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • milk, if needed (I add about 1 tablespoon)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and Biscoff spread until smooth.  Sift in the powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Add milk a tablespoon at a time until you reach desired texture.  I usually add only about 1 tablespoon of milk.  Spread over cake.

Featured at the party over at Walking on Sunshine and Food Friends Friday linky party.



  1. Man Lai Esther Peckham says:

    Thanks. Sounds so good. Will start baking again once my grand kid arrives.


  2. What a great way to spend the day with your daughter! Thanks for sharing this fun recipe! I love the history lesson also!

  3. Can you just bake for me all the time? Don’t feel too bad…I traumatized my kids by letting them watch a Jackie Chan movie which I didn’t realize involved murder and a LOT of blood. On snow.

    • Cozycakes Cottage says:

      LOL! I like that the blood was “on snow” and not just in a dark alley…to properly frighten the poor chillun. I would bake for you alllll day if you’d cook for me allllll day. xx

  4. Adorable! I love that you baked Charlotte a cake 🙂 And it looks like a good one, at that! Have never had Biscoff, but one day I shall find some and try it! Thanks again for yet another wonderful post!

    • Cozycakes Cottage says:

      Hi Tammy! I hope you do find some soon! 🙂 So good to “See” ya here. Hope all is well on the lovely farm! I bet there’s a Charlotte or two hanging around there…:)

  5. I love biscoff….and always have a jar in the cupboard… I just might have to re-read Charlotte’s web so that I can make this cake…. I will have an excuse 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

    • Cozycakes Cottage says:

      A fellow Biscoff fan! 🙂 Yes, I think you should re-read Charlotte just to have cake! I like the way you think. Have a lovely weekend, Marlys!

  6. I think it’s the perfect time for Christmas music! Hope your daughter feels better for Charlotte after eating that delicious cake! I do not know what Biscoff is!!! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE

    • I do not know why your loveliness is sentenced to my spam folder! I must remedy that! 🙂 My girl does feel better, thanks Lois! You need a little Biscoff in your life. If you can’t find it, let me know….

  7. This looks fab! My grandma used to make Jiffy cake mixes. They are also baked in an 8×8 pan. To me, those are a comforting snack cake even though they taste a little on the disgusting side. This looks way better the next time I get a Jiffy craving. Thanks for sharing!

  8. These looks soooo good! Aww, poor little thing 😦 I was devistated when Charlotte died too. I remember my mom made me a grilled cheese sandwich. If you do link ups PLEASE swing by my blog & link up this yummy looking creation that might’ve made me drool a little! I hope you guys have a great weekend.


  9. I have never tried Biscoff! I feel like I am totally missing out!! This sounds amazing!

  10. 21stcenturyhousewife says:

    Your cake looks wonderful. That would definitely make me feel better too! I’ll have to see if I can find Biscoff in the UK – it sounds delicious. I know we can get the biscuits….

  11. Rosie K says:


  12. I just recently discovered the yummy-ness of Biscoff spread (found them at Cost Plus World Market). Thanks for the Biscoff recipe inspiration. I will try this soon!


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