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Pumpkin Biscoff Cake

5 from 19 votes
Biscoff cake with pumpkin cheesecake filling, Biscoff oat and pecan crumble, and pecan Biscoff buttercream.

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 18 Biscoff or Speculoos Cookies
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (255 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons (7 g) baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon (4.2 g) salt
  • 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (133 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (220 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (480 g) buttermilk, at room temperature

FOR THE CRUMBLE

  • 5 (40 g) Biscoff cookies
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) oats
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) pecans
  • 1/4 cup (56.5 g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) pumpkin pie spice

FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (31.25 g) powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) pumpkin pie spice

FOR THE PECAN BUTTER

  • 2 cups (300 g) chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon (13.6 g) olive oil

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter, slightly cold
  • Pecan butter recipe above
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) Biscoff cookie butter
  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar, measured and then sifted
  • *This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping you’ll want to make an extra 1/2 batch.

Instructions

FOR THE CAKE

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch pans with non-stick cooking spray, line the bottoms with parchment and spray again. Set aside.
  • Place the Biscoff cookies in a food processor or blender and pulse until the cookies are finely ground and resemble flour.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine the Biscoff crumbs, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until the ingredients are well-blended. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Slowly add half of the buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Continue alternating the flour and buttermilk until it has all been incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and slowly mix for another 20-30 seconds.
  • Divide the batter evenly among your pans and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before inverting onto cooling racks to cool completely.

For the Crumble

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a food process or blender, pulse all of the ingredients (except for the butter) a few times. We just want to break up the cookies and nuts a bit. This doesn’t need to be as fine of a consistency as you use in the cake layers.
  • Add the butter and pulse a few more times to create clusters. Spread the crumble over the parchment paper and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring the mixture to break it up halfway through. Let it cool completely and then crumble the mixture into smaller pieces, if needed.

FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • In a chilled stainless steel bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until smooth.
  • Fold in the heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.



FOR THE PECAN BUTTER

  • Combine the pecans and oil in a food processor and blend until you've created a nut butter.

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM

  • In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the pecan butter and Biscoff cookie butter. Mix until well combined and smooth.
    Gradually add the powdered sugar.
  • Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat the buttercream for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Before spreading on your cake, spend a couple minutes mixing the buttercream by hand with a wooden spoon to push out the air pockets.

Assembly (Option 1: Six Layers, Naked Cake)

  • Divide each cake layer in two, horizontally, using a cake leveler or serrated knife. You should have six thin cake layers.
  • Place a dollop of frosting on the cake board or cake plate. Place the first cake layer, top-side up, on the cake board or cake stand.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup of buttercream across the cake layer, leaving about an inch clear around the edge of the cake.
  • Pipe buttercream dollops around the entire edge of the cake, using the Wilton 8B tip.
  • Fill the center with about a half cup of the pumpkin cheesecake filling.
  • Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the Biscoff crumble on top and pat into place.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the filling and repeat these steps with the remaining 5 layers of cake.
  • Place the final cake layer, top side down, on the filling.
  • Decorate the top of the cake using the remaining buttercream and crumble.

ASSEMBLY (Option 2: Three Layers, Fully Frosted)

  • Place a dollop of frosting on the cake board or cake plate. Place the first cake layer, top-side up, on the cake board or cake stand.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup of buttercream across the cake layer. Pipe a rim of buttercream around the edge of the cake.
  • Fill the center with a generous cup of the pumpkin cheesecake filling.
  • Sprinkle a half cup of the crumble on top and pat into place.
  • Place the second cake layer on top of the filling and repeat these steps.
  • Place the final cake layer, top side down, on the second layer of filling.
  • Apply a thin coat of buttercream around the entire cake. This is the crumb coat. Freeze the cake at this stage for 15 minutes to set the crumb coat and lock the crumbs into place.
  • After the crumb coat is set, finish frosting the cake with the remaining buttercream, and decorate with crumble.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Keyword: biscoff, Biscoff Cake, cheesecake, pecan buttercream, Pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake