biscuit cake

biscuit cake

Biscuit cake

We’re loving all the pretty biscuit cakes popping up in our social media feeds. Follow our steps to master this trend.

  • Takes 1 hr 15 mins + refrigeration
  • Makes 1 x 2 layer cake
  • Intermediate



  • 2 eggs
  • 180ml castor sugar
  • 60ml golden syrup
  • pinch salt
  • 10ml vanilla essence
  • 100g butter, cubed
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 750ml cake flour, sifted


  • 375ml icing sugar
  • 310ml cream
  • 2 x 230g tubs cream cheese, at room temperature


  • assorted treats, to decorate




  1. For the biscuit, stir together the eggs, sugar, syrup, salt and vanilla in a saucepan. Add the butter,
    and heat on medium, stirring until butter has just melted. Remove from heat and stir in the baking
    powder until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and a little sticky. Roll into a 3mm thick circle between two
    layers of baking paper. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Remove top layer of paper and cut dough into a 27cm circle. Cut a 14cm circle
    out of the middle. Pull the baking paper with the large ring onto a baking tray. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden underneath.
  4. Reroll dough offcuts between baking paper to make a second 27cm circle and small heart shapes for decorating. Bake the circle for 10 minutes. Bake the hearts for about 4 minutes. Cool on the trays.
  5. For the icing, beat together all the ingredients for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm round nozzle.
  6. Place one biscuit ring on a serving dish or cake stand and pipe rows of icing to cover. Gently place the second biscuit ring on top and repeat the icing. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Decorate with the heart-shaped
    cookies and assorted treats before serving.


  • Best enjoyed on the same day. If you want to make it ahead, store biscuits and icing separately for up to
    a week and assemble on the day of serving.
  • Biscuit cakes are popular to cut into numbers or letters for parties. Cut any shape you like out of paper and trace the shape with a sharp knife onto the dough.

Decorating ideas 

Use edible flowers, berries, sweets, meringues or macarons!


Magazine issue date: October, 2018

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.