Spider cake recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 30 min
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  • This impressive spider cake was made by goodtoknow user Dawn Louise Millmoor and was named the winner of our Halloween goodtoknow Cooking Club. With a soft rich chocolate sponge and chocolate topping, this gooey, moist cake is easy to make and is the perfect spooky treat

    Ingredients

    • For the sponge:
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 3tbsp golden syrup
    • 40g ground almonds
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 40g cocoa powder
    • For the topping:
    • 225g plain chocolate
    • 55g dark muscovado sugar
    • 225g unsalted butter
    • 5tbsp evaporated milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • Liqorice Allsorts, chocolate sprinkles and Mikado Sticks to decorate

    Method

    • Pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line the cake tin with greasproof paper.

    • To make the cake, beat together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs then stir in the golden syrup and ground almonds.

    • Sift the flour and cocoa powder into another bowl and then fold into mixture. If mixture appears too thick just add a little milk or water.

    • Spoon into tin and bake for 30 mins or until springy to the touch. (Stick a skewer into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, it is cooked). Turn out onto a rack to cool.

    • To make the topping, melt the chocolate with the muscovado sugar, butter, evaporated milk and vanilla extract in a bowl over a pan of boiling water until chocolate has fully melted – leave to cool.

    • Once everything has cooled spread the chocolate over the cake with a spatula and top with a couple of Liqorice Allsorts for eyes – chocolate minstrels or anything circular would also work – and then insert Mikado Sticks for legs.

    Top tip for making Spider cake

    This recipe can also be used to make miniature versions in a cupcake tin.

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