I’ve decided that I have to learn to bake. All mums bake, right?
As Halloween is coming up and I’m planning a party for ALL the toddlers at Music with Mummy (Help!), and a house warming Halloween party for our family I decided to work on my chocolate cake by adding a spooky twist.
I’m using my mum’s chocolate cake recipe which I’ve always loved and inspiration from Sainsbury’s for the finish.
Apologies for the ounces/grams mixture but my mum is old school and the numbers don’t translate into a sensible amount in grams!
- 8oz (226.8 grams!) room temperature butter
- 8oz sugar
- 8oz self raising flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of drinking chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 200g cream cheese (1 tub)
- 100-200g chocolate/1-2 bars of cooking chocolate (depending on how chocolatey you’d like your icing)
- 1 tablespoon icing sugar (sieved)
- Strawberries laces
- Bubble-gum mushrooms
- Coconut (dyed green with food colouring)
- Halloween bits
As I was attempting to do this with Tiny I measured everything into separate bowls whilst she was asleep so we could do the fun bit together.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Beat the butter until soft. Add sugar and mix together until well combined.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Beat eggs.
- Slowly add eggs along with the dry ingredients to mixture and mix until well combined.
- Grease two tins and line with greaseproof paper.
- Pour in the mixture and bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes (check it’s cooked through with a skewer)
- Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack before attempting to ice them!
- Melt chocolate, add cream cheese and icing sugar. Mix until smooth.
- Spread icing generously over the bottom layer, add some strawberry laces for creepy Halloween effect.
- Add top layer and ice generously. Sprinkle with coconut grass, add mushrooms, bits of strawberry laces and any additional Halloween decorations. Tiny particularly enjoyed this stage although she did sneak quite a few mushrooms in…
- Stand back and admire. Post smug photos on Instagram.
- Eat all the cake.
I’m really pleased with the finished product. It tastes great and it looks really Halloweeny. I’m going to try it as cupcakes for the toddler party and do another cake for our family. I think the older cousins will love it.