It’s Halloween! Jack O’ Lantern Cake

Anyone who is close to me knows HOW much I adore Halloween. It is just the best! So here’s an easy recipe to celebrate it. This consists of one basic recipe that all bakers must have in their repertoire, a basic pound cake and one technique that is not so necessary, but oh so useful and fun for the artsy bakers out there.

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in case y’all didn’t know, Thing from the Addams Family is a friend of mine. yep, i have famous friends! na na na

On with the recipes:

Cake paint (?):

This thing, well I like it to call it cake paint (someone please tell me what it is really called!). Think of it like an edible paint that you can use to bake designs on to your cake. That’s right! Here, I used it to draw a jack o’ lantern. But you can do so much more! Spider webs on white sheet cake, Dracula’s fangs on red velvet, little ghosts and witches hats on loaves… the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

Makes: a lot, actually. I only needed a ¼ of this quantity for my cake; Duration: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Egg – 1

Icing sugar – 50gms

AP flour – 50gms

Food colouring – as required (I used dark brown here)

Method:

1) Mix all the ingredients together.

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2) Put into a piping bag and pipe whatever design you want onto the cake mould. I prefer to use a silicone mould because it comes off easier and looks nicer too!

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3) Refrigerate while you prepare the cake batter.

Pound cake:

The pound cake is so called because originally, the recipe calls for a pound each of the main ingredients (flour, butter, eggs and sugar). So easy to remember, right? Not only does the pound cake lend itself well to many variations of flavouring, fillings, etc. but it can also be used as part of various other recipes that call for mere assembly like trifles. Now you know why this is a nice recipe to have! I have kept it basic here, with just the addition of vanilla.

Makes: One 30cm diameter cake; Duration: 20 minutes prep + 40 minute baking

Ingredients:

Butter – 200gms

Sugar – 200gms

Eggs – 4

AP Flour – 200gms

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Vanilla essence – 1tsp

Food colouring – as required ( I used a bit of orange red mixed with lemon yellow)

Method:

1) Pre-heat oven to 180 degree C.

2) Cream room temperature butter with sugar till smooth and pale. When you rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers, it shouldn’t feel too grainy.

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before

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after

3) Beat in one egg at a time.

4) Sift together the flour and baking powder. Gently fold this into the wet ingredients. The batter is thick, more like a smooth cream that a pourable one. Mix in the colour and the vanilla essence.

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5) Pour this into the cake mould, and spread it over your design. It won’t smear because it is chilled and will hold its shape. It is ideal to smooth out the center a little more and make it shallower than the sides, as this helps the finished cake stay even. Otherwise, the cake tends to rise higher in the center.

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6) Bake for 35-40 minutes or till a skewer that is inserted comes out clean. (doesn’t  have to be a skewer, use a stick of raw spaghetti!)

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do you notice how even the top is? this is because I put less batter in the center.

Fini!

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Now you can chop it up into bits, like a body and devour.

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Happy Halloween y’all!! 🙂

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