Biscochito Cake

New Mexico. This cake captures the flavors of the Biscochito, which often includes cinnamon, anise, and sugar. Here’s a simple recipe for Biscochito Cake:


For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground anise (optional)
  • 1 cup milk

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground anise (optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a cake pan.
  2. Prepare Dry Ingredients:
    • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground anise (if using).
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add Eggs and Vanilla:
    • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  5. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Pour into Cake Pan:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.
  7. Prepare Topping:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, ground cinnamon, and ground anise (if using).
  8. Sprinkle Topping:
    • Sprinkle the sugar and spice topping evenly over the cake batter.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the Biscochito Cake has cooled, you can cut it into slices and enjoy the rich, spiced flavors reminiscent of the classic Biscochito cookie.

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