Friday, February 19, 2016

Yum Alert! SpeculUa Cupcake

This yummy cupcake combines Speculoos, chocolate AND Kahlua; we should call it the Trifecta rather than SpeculUa Cupcake.  Here is how you can wow your guests with this delicious treat:

YIELD: Makes 12 cupcakes



  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7.3 ounces) sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1.5 ounces) Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and warm
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon instant coffee granules (recommended: Starbucks Via)
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua


  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, diced and softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of Speculoos spread


  • 2/3 cups dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 4-5 tablespoons water, warm


  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.


  1. Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine. 
  2. Add in the butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for one minute. 
  3. Add the instant coffee granules and half of the Kahlua into the mixture and beat for 20 seconds. 
  4. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add remaining Kahlua. 
  5. Beat for 20-30 seconds until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin enough to pour. Divide it evenly among the lined cups. 
  6. Bake 18-22 minutes just until a toothpick inserted into a few of the cupcakes comes out clean. 
  7. Set the pan on a rack to cool. 
  8. Frost the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
  9. TIP: For light tender cupcakes, spoon flour and cocoa lightly into measuring cups (instead of dipping the cups into the flour or cocoa) and then sweep the measures level without tapping or shaking them.


  1. Place chocolate and heavy cream in a bowl over simmering water. 
  2. Let chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes to melt without stirring. 
  3. Then slowly stir mixture to combine. 
  4. Add powdered sugar and mix to combine. 
  5. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition until pouring consistency is reached. 
  6. Remove 5 tablespoons and place reserve in a separate bowl. 
  7. Set aside all chocolate pouring sauce to cool until warm.


  1. Combine egg whites and sugar in a bowl placed over simmering water. 
  2. Bring mixture to 160 degrees F while whisking constantly.
  3. Transfer mixture to stand mixer bowl, fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium high speed (speed 8 on a KitchenAid stand mixer)until mixture cools and doubles in volume and forms stiff peaks; about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add butter in one piece at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. The mixture may appear clumpy and almost curdled looking-this is normal. Keep mixing and it will become even and smooth again. 
  5. Add salt and vanilla and mix to combine. 
  6. Add in Speculoos and mix until well combined. 
  7. Add reserved chocolate pouring sauce into frosting. 
  8. Using a spatula gently fold it into the frosting, DO NOT over mix so that chocolate streaks remain.


  1. Cut Skor or Heath bars into shard shapes; set aside. 
  2. Finely chop any left over crumbs.
  3. Fill pastry bag with a round tip. 
  4. Hold pastry bag at 90 degrees above the cupcake and starting from the perimeter pipe inward and upward.
  5. Using a spoon drizzle chocolate on top of frosting. 
  6. Sprinkle Skor crumbs on chocolate. 
  7. Insert Skor shards into top of frosting.

Speculoos spread can be found buy shopping online here.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Speculoos & Strawberries

Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Preparation: 15 min Rest: 45min For 4 dessert glasses or 6/8 


  • Speculoos crumbs 
  • 300g strawberries 
  • sugar and lemon juice 
  • 15cl red fruit coulis 
  • mascarpone 250g 
  • 50g cream cheese 
  • 70g icing sugar


  1. Wash strawberries, remove stems and cut into pieces. 
  2. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice and set aside at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator. 

  1. Whisk mascarpone, cream cheese and icing sugar, vigorously 
  2. Whisk until the mixture is light and airy.
  3. Mix in the strawberries with half the sauce. 

  1. In the glasses distribute the strawberries, add the mascarpone mixture and pour the remaining sauce and garnish with a few pieces of strawberries.
  2. Reserve in refrigerator 30 minutes. 
  3. Sprinkle Speculoos crumbs generously. Serve and enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Speculoos Brownie Cake

Yield: Makes one 9in brownie cake
  •        4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the pan
  •            4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  •             1-1/2 cups sugar
  •        Scant 1/4 tsp. salt
  •            2 tsp. vanilla extract
  •        2 large eggs, at room temperature
  •            4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) flour
  •        2 Tbs. natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed)

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Speculoos spread
  •  1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoon heavy cream

  • 3 oz. chocolate, melted
  • 5 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles

Position an oven rack on the middle rung. Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 9 inch cake pan, line the pan bottom with parchment (or waxed paper), and then butter the parchment.
1.      Place butter and chocolate in a bowl and set it over simmering water, stir until melted. Set aside melted mixture slightly cooled. Add in the sugar, salt, vanilla and stir until blended. Add in the eggs, one at a time, stirring each time until blended. Add the flour and cocoa; beat until incorporated and the mixture is smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds. Scrape batter into prepared cake pan and bake until the top is uniformly colored with no indentation and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 45 minutes.
2.      Set the pan on a rack until cool. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan and then invert the pan onto a flat surface and peel off the parchment. Flip the baked brownie back onto the rack to cool completely.
Add butter, Speculoos and powdered sugar in a bowl and beat on medium low until creamy. Add heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy. Add additional heavy cream or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.
Spread Speculoos frosting on top and smooth out surface with an offset spatula. Place small dots of chocolate sauce on top, about a 1/2 inch apart. Use the back of a spoon and press and turn slightly to create the finished look. Rim the edge of the Speculoos frosting with chocolate sprinkles
Not sure where to get Speculoos?  Order online today, click here!