chocolate specaloos ice cream cake 1

For the second part of my Belgian Feast, I offer you this Belgian-inspired ice cream cake.  I’m currently crushing on ice cream cakes in every possible form.  Have you ever experienced the joy of a Shake Shack Concrete?  To me, creating an ice cream cake is an slightly upscale way to achieve the glory of ice cream and mix-ins in a nifty cake form.

While I’m not sure you’d actually find this concoction at a sidewalk cafe in Brugge, I assure you it is Belgian-inspired in every possible way.  Crush cinnamon-spicy speculoos cookies with almonds and a bit of butter to form the base.  Then mix rich creamy chocolate ice cream mixed with speculoos cookie spread and more of the crushed cookies.  Finally, sprinkle more of those speculoos cookies on top, and cover the whole creation with warm chocolate fudge sauce.

This is a guaranteed way to make friends – Belgian or not.


I relied on Trader Joe’s for my cookie butter, but in case you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your world, I came across this recipe for cookie butter on Food52 the other day.  Yup – that looks amazing.

This is my second addition to the Belgian Feast going on this week with Trish at Rhubarbarians and Sofia at The Land We Live On.

From Trish, these incredible Beer Marinated Fries with Thyme Mayonnaise


And from Sofia this gorgeous Waterzooi Bowl:


Trish and Sofia – you rock!  What Feast shall we create next month?

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Chocolate Specaloos Ice Cream Cake
If you have a Trader Joe’s in your world, I suggest you procure the ingredients there – I have to tell you, they sell fantastic specaloos cookies, specaloos cookie spread, ice cream and fudge sauce.
  • 2 7-Oz Packages of Specaloos Cookies (Biscoff cookies would also be perfect)
  • 1 cup toasted almonds
  • 6 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 Quart Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 1 cup Specaloos Cookie Spread
  • 1 10-Oz Jar Chocolate fudge sauce
  1. Remove the chocolate ice cream from the freezer and allow it to sit on the counter 10-15 minutes, until the ice cream is softened.
  2. Place the cookies and toasted almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Dump 2 cups of the cookie mixture out into the bottom of an 8 inch spring form pan and use your hands to press the cookies into the bottom of the pan until you have a smooth and even crust.
  4. Place the chocolate ice cream in the bowl of a standing mixer with the specaloos spread and 1½ cups of the cookie mixture. Mix on medium speed for a minute or two, until the mix-ins are evenly blended. Pour the ice cream on top of the crust smooth it out so it is in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on top.
  5. Take the cake out of the freezer, and carefully remove the side of the springform pan… you may need to run a knife along the edge to loosen it.
  6. Drizzle warm chocolate sauce over the top of the cake and serve.



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26 Responses to "Chocolate Speculoos Ice Cream Cake"
  1. This is one stunning looking cake!! Pinning it to try later! 🙂

  2. Laura Hager says:

    That cake looks amazing! I can’t wait to try making it! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ice cream cake is my favourite! Thanks for this amazing contribution to global feasts! Can’t wait to make it.

  4. Cecilia says:

    This cake just looks so delicious! And me too, I’m a TJ fan. Once you know it you can’t go to shop elsewhere, isn’t it.

  5. Brooke @ says:

    Oh my gosh, I want this cake! Gorgeous photos, as well!

  6. This ice cream cake looks absolutely mouthwatering, MB. So gorgeous & easy, I love it.
    I also love others recipes on this post as well. What a good collaboration 🙂

  7. Judi Graber says:

    Your ice cream cake even in the middle of winter here in Michigan looks soooo good! Those fries look pretty good too! Thanks for bringing your cake to Fiesta Friday #56 🙂

  8. This looks absolutely stunning. WHat a beautiful cake! And ice cream? In a cake? That’s so awesome! The pictures are also absolutely beautiful! 🙂
    Happy Fiesta Friday.

    • mb says:

      Thank you Tina! It was a very easy creation to photograph… and it’s so darn cold in this corner of the world at the moment (even in my kitchen) I didn’t need to worry about it melting 🙂

  9. Natalie says:

    A delicious looking feast! And that cake is beautiful 🙂

  10. I’ve never made an ice cream cake, but I really need to! This looks amazing!

  11. James says:

    Of all the pictures on Fiesta Friday so far, I was drawn to this one the most – it looks amazing!

  12. Jhuls says:

    Speculoos + chocolate + ice cream in a cake? Wow! This must be so divine. Thanks for bringing this to the party. Everything here looks so good. Happy FF. 🙂

    • mb says:

      I can assure you it is fabulous – I made it twice in a weekend for two different gatherings, and it was inhaled each time 🙂

  13. Wow! this cake looks deliciously amazing. 🙂

  14. Oh heavens MB, this looks amazing. I love ice cream cakes and this one would work for the fanciest of celebrations!

  15. Love specaloos ccokies but can only find them at Christmas in the US. Biscoffs are easier to get and I’d love to try this delectable confection!

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous, and I agree…anyone who makes this will make many new friends right away! I love the idea of the “feast” you three are doing. So creative, and the food looks incredible!

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