Gingerbread Biscoff Caramel Cake with Gingerbread Cookie Crust

My new Gingerbread Biscoff Caramel Cake is the perfect holiday dessert that will have your guests coming back for seconds and thirds! This cake has gingerbread cookie crust layers, gingerbread cake layers, whipped white chocolate ganache, Biscoff caramel buttercream and Biscoff caramel. It’s packed with flavors and will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Slice of gingerbread cake on a plate.

Gingerbread Biscoff Caramel Cake

This Gingerbread Cake recipe definitely has a lot going on, but don’t let that scare you off. It’s worth every minute and every step! To keep it stress-free, I recommend making the different elements of the cake over the course of a few days and then doing the assembly the day you plan to serve it. We’ll also talk about how to turn it into a sheet cake later in the post!

How to Schedule Cake Making
  • Day 1 – bake the cookie crust and cake layers. Once the layers are cooled completely, wrap each in plastic wrap and freeze until 30 to 60 minutes before you want to decorate the cake.
  • Day 2 – start the white chocolate ganache. For this recipe, you will need the white chocolate ganache to refrigerate overnight before you whip it. You can also make the Biscoff caramel on day 2.
  • Day 3 – make the Biscoff caramel buttercream, whip the white chocolate ganache, and assemble the cake to serve.
Cake on a cake stand.

How to Make Whipped White Chocolate Ganache

One of the most important steps of making the white chocolate ganache is emulsifying it. So let’s start with that: why is it important to emulsify ganache?

When you emulsify ganache, it creates a smooth texture without air getting incorporated. Too much air in the ganache will result in the ganache splitting.

How to emulsify ganache

To emulsify the ganache, you can do it one of three ways:

  • One: with a whisk or spatula, gently stir the mixture starting in the center and then working your way outward to blend.
  • Two: use an emulsion blender to blend the ganache.
  • Three: use a hand mixer to blend the ganache.

Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, as the white chocolate often settles.

Once the mixture is smooth and cooled a little more, cover the ganache with plastic wrap, making sure to press it gently into the ganache to ensure a film doesn’t form.

Refrigerate the ganache overnight, or at least 6 hours. You won’t be able to whip it if it’s not cold.

Once chilled, pour the ganache into a chilled stainless steel bowl. Using medium-high speed on your mixer, beat the ganache until fluffy and thick. This will take a couple minutes.Use immediately or cover and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

Cake slice on a plate.

Can This Cake Be Made Into a Sheet Cake?

Absolutely! To make this layered cake into a sheet cake, you’ll do the crust and cake in a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. You’ll bake the crust for the same amount of time as written in the recipe, but you’ll need to add about 10 minutes to the bake time when you’re baking the cake on top of the crust. I would then spread the buttercream evenly over the cake. Top with the white chocolate ganache and drizzle of Biscoff caramel.

Slice of gingerbread cake on a plate.

Gingerbread Biscoff Caramel Cake

Moist and tender gingerbread cake layers baked on a gingerbread cookie crust, filled with whipped white chocolate ganache, Biscoff caramel buttercream, and Biscoff caramel.
5 from 20 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake

Ingredients
  

For the whipped white chocolate ganache

  • 2 cups (360 g) white chocolate (made with cocoa butter – this can be a bar chopped or chips)
  • 2 cups (480 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons (8.4 g) vanilla extract

FOR THE Crust

  • 30 (300g) store bought gingersnap cookies, the really crunchy ones
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (66.67 g) granulated sugar

For the Cake

  • 3 1/4 cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (5.3 g) ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons (5.3 g) cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking soda
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (220 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 g) buttermilk, room temperature

FOR THE CARAMEL

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) water
  • 2 teaspoons (37.5 g) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (57.75 g) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Biscoff cookie butter

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, slightly cold
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Biscoff cookie butter
  • 3 cups (375 g) powdered sugar, measured then sifted
  • 1/4 cup Biscoff caramel, recipe above

Instructions
 

For the Whipped White Chocolate Ganache

  • *Start this a day before you want to assemble the cake
  • Place the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour the heavy whipping cream into a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Heat the cream, stirring frequently until it boils. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Turn off the heat and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes to cool ever so slightly.
  • Carefully pour the warm heavy cream over the white chocolate. Allow the mixture to sit for another 1 to 2 minutes before stirring.
  • With a spatula or whisk, begin to gently stir the mixture starting in the center and then working outward to blend. This helps to create a smooth emulsion and prevents too much air from being incorporated. Too much air means the ganache may split. You can then use a hand mixer or immersion blender to emulsify the white chocolate ganache.
  • Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, as the white chocolate often settles.
  • Once the mixture is smooth and cooled a little more, cover the ganache with plastic wrap, making sure to press it gently into the ganache to ensure a film doesn’t form.
  • Refrigerate the ganache overnight, or at least 6 hours. You won’t be able to whip it if it’s not cold.
  • Once chilled, pour the ganache into a chilled stainless steel bowl. Using medium-high speed on your mixer, beat the ganache until fluffy and thick. This will take a couple minutes.
  • Use immediately or cover and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

FOR THE COOKIE CRUST

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch pans with nonstick spray, line the bottoms with parchment and spray again. Set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, pulse the gingersnap cookies until the texture resembles sand.
  • Mix in the melted butter and granulated sugar.
  • Evenly divide the cookie crumbs between the three pans, about 5 to 6 ounces in each. Firmly press the cookie crumbs to form a crust on the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Bake the cookie crusts for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool while making the cake batter.

FOR THE CAKE

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed for about 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • On medium-low, gradually add in the eggs and molasses until incorporated. Turn the mixer to medium-high and mix until smooth and nearly double in volume, about 3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Once mixed, evenly divide all of the batter onto the cookie crusts in the pans (about 15 to 16 ounces in each 8-inch pan).
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes, checking around 25 minutes. When you insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, a few moist crumbs should come out on it. Remember, the cake continues to bake for 5 minutes as it cools in the pans.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 15 minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

FOR THE CARAMEL

  • Mix sugar, water and corn syrup in a small saucepan.
  • Bring the water and sugar mixture to boil over medium heat, but DO NOT STIR. (Stirring encourages crystallization). Let the mixture cook until it caramelizes into a golden brown color. It happens quickly, so keep an eye on it.
  • Remove the caramelized sugar syrup from the heat and slowly mix in the cream. Pour in just a tiny bit at a time, especially at the beginning, and mix to combine. You can start adding more and more as you go along.
  • Mix in salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the Biscoff cookie butter.
  • Let cool to room temperature before using in buttercream or adding in between layers.

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and Biscoff cookie butter on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer to medium and gradually add ¼ cup caramel. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again until the caramel is incorporated.
  • On low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for another 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Remember to mix the frosting by hand with a wooden spoon or large spatula to push out the air to create a silky-smooth frosting.

ASSEMBLY

  • Spread a small dollop of buttercream on a cake board or cake plate. Place the first cake layer, top side up, on the cake board.
  • Evenly spread about ½ cup of the buttercream over the cake layer.
  • Using a piping bag, pipe a rim of buttercream around the edge of the cake.
  • Fill the center with ½ to 2/3 cup whipped white chocolate ganache, followed by a drizzle of the caramel.
  • Repeat this step for the second cake layer and filling.
  • Place the final cake layer (top side up) on top of the filling.
  • Use the remaining buttercream to frost a thin layer of buttercream around the cake. This is the crumb coat, which helps to lock the crumbs in place and give the cake some stability before doing the final decorating. Freeze the cake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Using the remaining whipped white chocolate ganache, frost the sides and top of the cake. Remember: this is a whipped frosting and won’t work the same as typical buttercream. It will be “rustic” looking 🙂
Keyword biscoff, biscoff caramel, caramel, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Cake, Gingerbread Cookie Cake,, whipped white chocolate ganache, white chocolate ganache
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Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. 5 stars
    So DISAPPOINTED that there was no way for me to save the information on the Gingerbread Biskoff Caramel Cake to my Pinterest board.

  2. I can’t wait to try this! Your recipes are always crowd pleasers. One question regarding the buttercream, instructions state “beat the butter and Biscoff cookie butter on medium-high” but ingredient list only has biscoff caramel listed. How much cookie butter is added to the buttercream?

  3. I made Gingerbread Biscoff Caramel Cake. I like a good challenge and, any recipe that included 5 recipes has to be a challenge. I had a good time making it and everyone really enjoyed eating it. I was wondering about a clarification. In the instructions for the buttercream, it says, “beat the butter and Biscoff cookie butter” but I see no cookie butter in the list of ingredients for the buttercream. Was this an omission? I threw in a quarter of a cup and it was great.

    If I make it again, I would consider making the crust with Bischoff cookies, rather than ginger snaps, just for fun.

    Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    The cakes are baked , the white ganache Taste amazing and I just need to know how much cookie butter to put in the buttercream

  5. I am making the buttercream and assembling tomorrow morning (so excited!!) but need to know how much cookie butter is to me added as it is not in the ingredients listing. Thx!

  6. 5 stars
    This cake was amazing, everyone loved it! The only issue I had with it was the caramel was really thick I think 1/2 cup of biscoff was too much for the small amount of caramel this recipe makes. I’m thinking that I probably did something wrong here any advice for this would be helpful. I ended up having to heat it up again and added some additional cream. It all ended up being amazing and the flavors together were out of this world.

  7. 5 stars
    Tastes amazing! The flavor combo sounded a tad much but the flavors work really well together. The frosting was delicious. Sadly my caramel from this recipe didn’t turn out. It was almost like a caramel that you eat rather than a sauce. Thankfully I had some other caramel that I had made on hand to complete the cake. It was a huge hit with everyone. A lot of steps but worth the labor!

  8. 5 stars
    This cake came out so insanely delicious! I made it for a small gathering of special women celebrating the winter solstice. Every person asked for more the next day! Haahaa! They said it was the best cake they’d even eaten. Keep on creating amazing cakes Courtney!