The perfect match with that nice cup of coffee! Biscocho or biskotso is a Filipino type of snack usually served with coffee made with twice baked bread coated with butter and sugar.

An Instagram friend of mine from the Asian in America Mag posted this biscocho photo and reminds me of the days where I had this paired with coffee back in the Philippines, I never had made them at home as I thought it would be a laborious process. She then gave me a tip of using a store-bought butter cake , spread some butter and bake it in a low temperature oven until crisp. That’s what I exactly did and indeed it was simple, although we don’t have commercial plain butter cake here in New Zealand, what we do have here are trifle cakes similar to chiffon or sponge cake which I used and they were perfect for this recipe. Thanks Mrs Betty Ann Quirino, for the tip, now I can make biscocho whenever I want to.

Biscocho or biskotso also called machacao, or matsakaw in other places is a type of Filipino twice-baked breads, usually coated with butter and sugar, a recipe that was inherited from the Spanish bizcocho but the similarity ends with the name as the Spanish pasty is a type of cake, the Philippine one on the other hand came from a cake then made crunchy.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Biscocho or biskotso is a Filipino type of snack usually served with coffee made with twice baked bread coated with butter and sugar.



Units Scale
  • 1 pc 8 in x 8 in (22 cm x 22 cm) store bought sponge cake base, cut into 1 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  1. Slice the sponge cake in 1/2-inch-long sections. Place the slices and arrange them on the baking sheets.
  2. Brush each slice with melted butter then sprinkle sugar on top.
  3. Bake in a 120C oven for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from the oven, let it cool.


You can do this with mamon, pandesal or any soft bread variety.


7 Responses

  1. This reminds me of twice baked cookies and bread. Bet this one is even better because it’s a cake!

  2. suituapui says:

    Bet that would be nice dipped in coffee!!!

  3. Michelle says:

    What a quick and fantastic dessert to serve unexpected guests! Yum!

  4. This looks really good. You’re right, perfect snack, particularly with tea or coffee. Such a simple recipe, yet so enticing. Thanks!

  5. Hannah says:

    This is super inspiring! I’ve never seen biscotti made from pound cake before, but it makes a whole lot of sense and sounds incredibly delicious. Definitely trying this… As soon as it’s cool enough to turn on the oven again.

  6. Cool idea to start with a pound cake to make biscotti! I do love making homemade biscotti…it’s an impressive recipe to serve but not really that difficult to make! Now I want one with a good cup of coffee!

  7. I bet these would be amazing with my morning cocoa!

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