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Friday, 30 October 2015

Halloween cake! - Food

Hey guys!

Recently, me and my brother made this wacky Halloween cake! I love cake and icing so I knew I would like it! Apart from some of the decorations, its really quite simple.

The ingredients you will need for the cake are:
200g sugar
200g butter
200g self-raising flour
4 medium eggs.

To start with, pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees. Then mix the sugar and the butter until you have a creamy mixture. You can do this with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. Next crack and add the eggs, making sure to get no shell in. After each egg add a bit of the flour and mix well. Once all of the ingredients are in mix the mixture until it is creamy once again. Divide the mixture evenly into two cake tins and put in the oven at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.

Whilst your cake is cooking, I start on the icing. The ingredients you will need are:
Yellow food colouring
Red food colouring
About 200g of icing sugar
2 table spoons of water

First mix the icing sugar with the water. Use the measurements above but you may have to add a bit more of either one. My tactic is just to keep mixing until you get a creamy consistency. When the mixture is just right, add the food colouring. About two drops of red and 6 of yellow should make the right Halloweeny orange but add what you need until you have the desired colour. Put you bowl to the side for now but keep mixing every so often so it doesn't set!

By now the cakes should be ready so take them carefully pout of the oven and out of the tins. Place them on a cooling rack to cool before applying any icing. When they have cooled, sandwich the two flat sides (you may have to cut a bit off to make it flat) together with either jam, butter icing or chocolate butter icing. I used chocolate butter icing but its really up to you! When this is done you can pour or spoon on the orange icing so it drips slightly around the edge like in the picture. Spread it evenly making sure it is a smooth surface.

This next part is optional but I really feel it makes the cake complete. Pumpkins, Spiders and sprinkles! I made the cauldron, pumpkin, hat and spider with ready to roll fondant icing. I just find that this is really easy to mould. I recommend using a bit of flour and water to keep it all together though. Stick on your models whilst the icing is still a bit sticky and damp. Finish of with some dark sprinkles and your Halloween centrepiece is complete!

Remember to put your cake in the fridge so nothing melts before you eat it!

Hope you all enjoyed this and remember to tweet us your Halloween pictures! (@ellalucy1020)
Have a happy Halloween even though I will try to post tomorrow!


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