Spicy Chocolate Praline Cake

I love the little spicy biscuits you get with a coffee, and this cake is made using these and the spread you can now buy which is made with the same mixture - Lotus Biscoff biscuits and spread.
They're also called Speculoos biscuits, and my Dutch friend sends me the spice mixture every year. You can buy fantastic wooden moulds to make them.
I bought my jar of their version of the spread from Lidl at Christmas, but am not sure if they sell it all year round.

It's a loaf cake, which I love making, and it has a great mix of ingredients.

You need:

150g butter, 3 eggs, 100g caster sugar, 100g sr flour, 100g praline chocolate, 50g Lotus spread, 20g ground hazelnuts, 1 tspn vanilla extract and 5 Lotus biscuits.

Preheat oven 180C/gas4                    Grease and line a 900g loaf tin

Break the chocolate into pieces and crush the biscuits into smallish lumps.

Beat the eggs and sugar together for 10 mins in a mixer or using an electric hand mixer.
Melt the butter then add to the mixture with the flour. Beat together then fold in the hazelnuts, vanilla extract and the spread.
Put half of this mixture into the tin then top with the crushed biscuits and chocolate pieces. Spoon the rest of the batter on top.
Bake for 35 mins.

My photo doesn't do justice to this cake. It has such great flavours and a soft texture. It's so spicy, and has the slightly nutty taste of the hazelnuts. Then you have the praline taste of the chocolate. I love it!


I've always been a bit of a fan of the Lotus biccy but I've never tried the spread. I really like the sound of the combination with hazelnuts and choc.

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