My local community centre was holding a Halloween party, so I decided to make a cake for the kids. This spider web cake has a orange curd filling, and a rich ganache topping, with 'flies' stuck on a web of icing. Based on the brands I used, each slice is about 273 calories.
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 30 minutes for cake, about 20 minutes for curd
Makes: 16 servings
Ingredients 250g white self-raising sponge flour
225g caster sugar
4 tbsp Hotel Chocolat Classic Drinking Chocolate 3 raisins
6 flaked almonds
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp water
100g dark chocolate
Pre-heat the oven to 180 ༠C/ 160 ༠C fan/350 ༠F/4 Gas.
Cream 150g margarine with 150g caster sugar, and then beat in two eggs.
Zest, juice, and mix two oranges.
Fold in the flour and drinking chocolate.
Pour the mixture into two sandwich and bake in the oven.
Zest, juice, and mix three oranges with 75g margarine and 75g sugar.
Lightly beat two eggs with a fork, and mix in.
Heat the mixture in a saucepan until thick, and stir continuously.
Allow the mixture to cool, then spread over one of the cakes.
Melt chocolate over a pan of hot water.
Add 100g margarine, and stir in until fully incorporated so that it forms a smooth ganache.
Allow the ganache to cool, then spread it over the other cake.
Mix the icing sugar with water, and pipe a spider web decoration over the ganache.
Place the raisins on the spider webs, and use the flaked almonds to form fly wings.
Place the ganache cake on top of the orange curd cake.