Welcome to our nightmare! It is Halloween time! It is the time for your Halloween party food ideas! We are going to make a cake with the surprise. A surprise hidden deep inside your Halloween cake to amaze and enjoyment. Try this tutorial if you want to impress your audience of little scary monsters! In this tutorial I would like to show you how to make images or shapes inside your cakes. For this very special occasion we are going to create a cake with a bat inside our cake. Do not start until you have a couple of free hours ahead. With a little practice and patience you will end up with stunning bat cake.
The Bat mixture
100 g plain flour
25 g cocoa
100 g softened margarine
100 g caster sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
Vanilla background mixture
125 g plain flour
150 g caster sugar
2 table spoons of baking powder
150 g softened margarine
half tablespoon of vanilla extract
First and foremost set up your baking tins. Grease and line an 18 cm square and 900 g loaf tin.
Carefully blend together ingredients for the bat piece until blended well. Pour the mixed batter into the well greased and prepared square cake tin. Smooth the mixture evenly at the top and bake in the oven roughly for 25 minutes, or until the mixture is lightly risen and the top is firm to the touch. Remove it from your oven when done and cool in the tin for about 5 minutes. Put your cake piece to a wire rack to cool completely. Place the cooled chocolate cake piece on a board or other hard surface. Using a bat-shaped metal or plastic cookie cutter, cut out approximately 6 or 8 bats. You also have to to double check the bats fit inside the loaf tin.
Use the rest of the ingredients to make the second cake mixture. The method is the same, only difference is the batter flavour. This time you can use vanilla aroma. Spoon one third of the mixture into your prepared loaf tin then spread equally to coat the base. Place and organize the bat shaped sponge pieces standing closely next to each other following the length of the tin. All small bats should fit together neatly. Gently cover the top, then tap the baking tin to help out the batter settle around the bats. Make sure they are well covered with the cake mixture without air bubbles.
Bake your mixture of batter and bats in the oven for about 50 minutes until lightly risen, golden on top and slightly crunchy to the touch. Remove your almost finished cake from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool totally.
There is no Halloween cake without spooky decoration. To decorate you can use melted chocolate. Spread it over the top of the cake, allowing the chocolate to drizzle down the sides of your cake to create some spooky splatters. Leave the chocolate to set and cool. Another way to decorate your cake is using the Halloween cake topper or you can make or buy orange icing to cover the top. Be prepared for the surprise you will get and a lot of happily satisfied little monsters around your Halloween dinner table.