Friday, 23 October 2009

Spider Cake



This is a simple sponge cake with some fancy decorations.

Ingredients:



  • 110g butter, at room temperature or warmed in the microwave

  • 110g caster sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 110g self raising flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • a few tablespoons of strawberry jam

  • 10 chocolate sticks (matchmakers or after-eight mint sticks work well)

  • chocolate buttons for eyes

  • A pinch of icing sugar





Method:



  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees

  2. Mix the flour, butter, eggs, baking powder and sugar together well in a bowl

  3. Divide the mixture between two well greased cake tins (putting baking parchment inside them makes removing the cake far easier as well)

  4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a cocktail stick put into the center of the cake comes out clean

  5. Leave to cool on a cooling rack

  6. Boil a pan with a couple of cm of water in the bottom

  7. Snap the chocolate sticks about a third along their edge and press one end against the side of the hot pan

  8. Quickly use the melted end of the stick to stick it at a right angle to the other part of the stick

  9. Carefully lay on foil to cool

  10. Do the above for 8 sticks to get 8 legs and then use two shorter pieces of stick to make the mouth pieces of the creature

  11. To make the eyes carefully use a fingertip dipped in icing sugar to make small white dots on the chocolate buttons

  12. To put the cake together spread the jam on one side of the two cakes you've made and place the other one carefully on top; before doing this carefully inspect each cake to work out which would look best on the top

  13. Attach all the other bits to the cake, using the picture above as reference; the legs might need careful balancing or a gentle press to go into the cake



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