Haunted Halloween Cake
For the cake:
280g self-raising flour
5 large eggs
5 drops of vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 28x18cm tin with greaseproof paper, creating a pleat in
the centre of the tin with the greaseproof paper (as pictured).
2. Beat together the butter and sugar in a free-standing mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Add in a few drops of vanilla essence, then beat in the eggs a little at a time.
4. Fold in the flour and then place half of the mixture in a separate bowl. Add some
orange colouring to one half of the mixture and stir in well. Add one teaspoon of cocoa and black
food colouring to the other half of the mixture.
5. Place the two mixtures on either side of the pleat. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden
6. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool. Cut each cake in half and then half again, lengthways
(trim the cake so they are exactly the same size). You should then be left with 4 orange and 4
7. Spread the jam on the sides of the cake and assemble together in alternating colours.
Once assembled spread jam on the outside of the cake too if covering with fonadant, or leave
plain if covering in chocolate icing as I did.
For the icing:
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa (sieved)
240g icing sugar
1. Place the butter, milk and cocoa in a saucepan and heat gently until melted. Do not let the
mixture boil. Then put aside and allow to cool.
2. Once cooled, pour into the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
3. Ensure that the cake is completely cooled, then smooth the icing onto the cake, leaved thechequered ends of the cake exposed. Use a palette knife and cold water to smooth out any
- To decorate the cake I made some Halloween figures from fondant icing. I dyed white fondant icing
using Wilton gels, with the exception of the black fondant which I bought from Just4Cakes.ie. Black
fondant can be very difficult to dye by hand and it proves more cost effective and just a whole lot
easier to buy black fondant (the same can be said for the colour red).
- As you can see on the cake I made two pumpkins, a ghost, a coffin complete with an escaping
zombies hand and a superstitious black cat.
- If you want to give modelling with fondant a go, YouTube is a wash with really great, short and
simple tutorials. Just Google an idea and you'd be surprised what you can come up with.
-This cake can be changed to accommodate any occasion Halloween, Christmas, a Christening or
even a birthday. The colours, and fondant decorations are what make this cake, so get creative,
change them around and see what you can come up with!