Continuing our spooky theme, this week’s recipe is for a very easy creepy cobweb cake! My Darling Girl’s school is closed for INSET today so she and I are having a bit of a bakeathon! As we decorate the house for tonight’s Halloween celebrations a delicious smell of chocolate is wafting around…no bad thing!
To make our creepy cobweb cake we baked two basic chocolate Victoria sponges and sandwiched them together with chocolate butter icing before topping them with more chocolate icing, a white chocolate cobweb and the scariest spider we could find in our toybox.
- For the Cake
- 2x 20cm sandwich tins, greased and base lined
- 180g (6 oz) plain flour
- 2 level tablespoons cocoa
- 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 level teaspoon baking powder
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 150ml (¼ pint) sunflower oil
- 150ml (¼ pint milk)
- For the Icing
- 225g (8oz) plain chocolate
- 100g (4oz) butter
- 50g (2oz) white chocolate
- 1 plastic spider
- Heat the oven to 160°C (325°F, Gas Mark 3)
- Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl
- Beat the eggs, oil, syrup and milk together in a smaller bowl/jug
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture
- Beat well and pour into tins
- Bake for 30 – 35 mins until the cake springs back when pressed with a fingertip
- Turn onto a wire rack to cool.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of hot water
- Add the butter in pieces and mix well
- Allow to cool slightly
- Spread half the icing on to one of the cakes and sandwich the other on top of it
- Cover the cake with the rest of the icing (you will need to do two coats, pop the cake in the fridge to set the first coat before adding another, keep the chocolate warm over the pan while you do this)
- Break the white chocolate pieces into a clean bowl and melt over a pan of hot water, stirring gently
- Leave to cool for a few minutes and spoon into a piping bag/ small plastic bag with a tiny corner snipped off or one of these child friendly piping nozzles
- Gently squeeze a spiral design on to your cake
- Using a wooden skewer or cocktail stick drag lines out from the centre to the edge
- Finally, pop your spider into her rightful home!
I’m not sure that anything is spookier for me than a spider, sitting in the middle of a cobweb cake – this was a bit too real for my sensitive soul!
Happy Halloween from All of Us!
The Spiders Say “Pin Us For Later So You Know Where We Are And We Don’t Scuttle Off”