With just 5 days to go until Halloween is upon us you may be thinking that you need some treats to celebrate with, look no further than my super simple Halloween cake!
A little disclaimer from the off, most of the decorations were pre-made and shop bought sugar decorations. You could very easily make your own though with some icing but I wanted to make a post where you could quickly make a cake which is Halloween themed without spending hours on the decorations. Guess what, you’re reading it!
Now, I won’t pretend either that this bake was fail free – I did try swirling green food colouring through the middle of the cake for a ‘spooky’ effect. Unfortunately it didn’t show up clear enough and is simply a different shade of yellow.
Let’s get into the post!
- 225g Butter (unsalted)
- 225g Caster Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 225g Self-Raising Flour
- 100 – 150g Chocolate Chips
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- Juice of 1 – 1 1/2 Lemons
- Green Food Colouring
- Juice 1 1/2 – 2 Lemons (I use extra for a stronger flavour)
- 85g Caster Sugar (Icing Sugar can also be used)
- Heat oven to 180C (Fan) 160C (Gas 4).
- Mix butter and sugar together then add the eggs, one by one.
- Sift in the flour, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well. Add the chocolate chips. (I didn’t know this but if you cover your chocolate chips in flour it’ll help them stop sinking when the cake is baking – mine all sunk!)
- Stir in the food colouring, I used several drizzles over the top of the mix. It didn’t go the desired green colour sadly and instead went a slightly brighter yellow colour. That’s okay though, trial and error!
- Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour, the original recipe states 45 minutes – 50 minutes but I found the cake wasn’t properly cooked in this time.
- Whilst the cake is cooking mix together the lemon juice and sugar for the icing and drizzle over the top – remember to skewer the top first to make some holes!
The idea behind this post was that I designed and thought out the cake to be a quick and simple recipe so that if you didn’t have an awful lot of time to make a cake you could easily make this. For that reason then the majority of the decorations were shop bought, however, you could easily make them if you have more time.
- White Chocolate Ghosts (Sainburys).
- Sugar Pumpkins, Ghosts and Skulls (Sainburys).
- Chocolate Biscuit Soil (Crushed Double Chocolate Digestives).
- Chocolate Gravestones (Shaped Double Chocolate Digestives dipped in melted chocolate).
- Melted Milk Chocolate.
- Cotton Wool Ball.
The look of the cake is a haunted graveyard so naturally I needed some form of soil and gravestones to make it look realistic. I made these very easily by crushing double chocolate digestives and sprinkling them over the icing whilst it was still wet. This helped it to stick to the cake, melted chocolate also works very effectively.
To make the gravestones I simply carved one of the same digestive biscuits to make the soil, into the shape of a gravestone. I covered it in melted chocolate and allowed to set before placing on top of the cake. Tearing apart cotton wool balls gave the mist effect on the front of the cake and behind the ghosts. I also used cocktail sticks to ensure the gravestones didn’t fall over as nobody wants that!
I hope you have enjoyed this Halloween style cake – which is your favourite bit? Let me know in the comments if you’re planning any Halloween baking and what your plans are for the occasion!
All photography used in this blog post is my own.