You have not lived until you’ve tried the wonder that is Speculoos. What is this gibberish, you say? Is she making Harry Potter references again?
Usually, that would be a fair assumption, but this time I’m talking about the delicious Dutch cookie butter spread. My levels of consumption have grown perilously high of late, even to eating it straight from the jar with a spoon. So, naturally, I wondered how I could incorporate it into a becma bakes recipe.
Happily, I had a fresh jar of Speculoos in the cupboard, but if you don’t have it there is a handy list here via Sweetest Kitchen. It’s also available via Amazon. The recipe would also work nicely with a nut butter like peanut, almond or cashew, and you can achieve a cookie butter vibe by adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cardamom to the frosting mixture.
The cupcakes are lovely and moist thanks to the addition of light sour cream and are super quick to make. The spiced, caramelly frosting and blueberries set each other off beautifully, too. I spent a bit of time fussing around with the presentation (I had run out of piping bags, the calamity!), but they will be just as tasty when topped with a quick spread of frosting and devoured quick smart.
For the cupcakes:
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- pinch of sea salt
- 125g unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 125g blueberries, fresh or frozen
For the frosting:
- 1/3 cup Speculoos or substitute
- 45g butter, melted
- 45g butter, softened
- 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- extra blueberries or edible flowers to decorate, if desired
1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C and line a 12 hole cupcake tray.
2. Sift your dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine.
3. Whisk wet ingredients together in another large bowl or jug until combined (this reminds me of making pancake batter!)
4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the contents of the jug. Stir until just combined, taking care not to over mix.
5. Add the blueberries and fold through your cupcake batter.
6. Spoon batter into the prepared tray- make sure you don’t fill the cases more than 2/3 full, or you’ll end up with mushroom cupcakes!
7. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until just golden brown and the top springs back when tested.
8. For the frosting, add your Speculoos, butter and icing sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium until combined.
9. Add milk and vanilla essence- stir in on a low speed and then increase to high and mix until your frosting is light and fluffy. The flavour is amazing.
10. When cool, ice your cupcakes and top with decorations of your choice.
My family gave these top marks at a recent birthday party, so I hope you’ll give the recipe a try and let me know what you think. At the very least, get your hands on some cookie butter!