A cross between a brownie, a muffin and a cupcake, these tasty, chocolate Halloween treats are unlikely to hang around for long!
Makes: 18 cakes
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
For the cakes:
170g/6oz dark chocolate, chopped 170g/6oz butter, cut into 2cm cubes 200g/7oz soft light brown sugar 3 eggs, at room temperature 1tsp vanilla extract 2tbsp sour cream 150g/5oz self raising flour 2tbsp cocoa powder Pinch of salt 85g/3oz milk chocolate, finely chopped or chips (optional)
For the decoration:
100g/4oz milk chocolate Liquorice laces 16 chocolate marshmallow teacakes Liquorice Allsorts M&Ms Tube of writing icing
You can also see the ingredients and recipe here.
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Line two muffin tins with 18 paper cases. Put the chocolate, butter and sugar in a heatproof bowl and melt, stirring frequently. You can melt the chocolate in the microwave (about 3 mins, stirring after each minute) or over a pan of warm water (make sure the base of the bowl doesnt touch the water). Set aside to cool slightly.
Whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Stir this into the cooled chocolate. Into this, sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt, and fold in, along with the milk chocolate (if using).
Spoon into the paper cases, to about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 18-20 mins, until the muffins have risen and are firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack.
For the decoration, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a panof simmering water. Using a palette knife, cover each cake with some ofthe melted chocolate. Arrange a liquorice strip for each of thespiders eight legs and stick a teacake in the centre of these. Use a blob of writing icing to stick the M&Ms on to the LiquoriceAllsorts for eyes.
And there you go.... your tasty chocolate spiders should look just like this.Happy eating!
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