I first discovered lotus biscuits in a posh coffee shop in Leeds. Now every time I order a latte, I cross my fingers and secretly pray that a little caramel biscuit in its red wrapper is accompanying it.
Lotus biscuits and coffee are a match made in heaveeeen. The sweet caramelised taste of the biscuit is so unique, once you have experienced such a yummy blend of flavours, no other biscuit quite matches up to it. They also feel a bit classier than your standard rich tea, not sure why, they just do.
So I had been wondering for a while how I was going to transfer this unique taste into a cupcake and stumbled across lotus biscoff spread. Genius.
Recommended as a spread for your toast, I had much bigger plans for this beautiful invention, lotus biscoff cupcakes.
I used light brown sugar for the cakes as this brings that all important caramel flavour to the basic cupcake recipe and I added the biscoff spread into the buttercream, and I must admit, it’s my favourite ever buttercream.
I recently baked a batch and took them into the office to celebrate National Cupcake Week and they were all gone by the first round of brews, so I would say they went down pretty well.
For the cupcakes –
- 150g light brown sugar
- 150g self raising flour
- 150g margarine (I use stork)
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- 3 large eggs, whisked
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the lotus buttercream –
- 150g margarine
- 300g icing sugar
- 200g lotus biscuit spread
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Line your 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
2. Beat the margarine and light brown sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, self raising flour and vanilla extract and mix together until you have a smooth consistency – you can add the milk if the mix isn’t as smooth as you would like.
3. Spoon the mixture evenly into your 12 cases and bake for 20-25 mins. Once they’re ready to come out of the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before adding the lotus buttercream.
4. Whilst the cupcakes are in the oven, you can make the buttercream. Beat the margarine in a large bowl to soften it and gradually add the icing sugar, continuing to beat until smooth. Add in the lotus biscuit spread and continue to beat until it is creamy and caramel-ly mmm.
5. Once the cakes have cooled and your buttercream is ready to pipe, it’s time to decorate. I use a disposable piping bag with a large star nozzle tip. Add the buttercream to the cakes and finish with the lotus biscuit. I crush a couple of the biscuits and sprinkle the crumbs over the cakes to make it extra fancy.