Halloween is fast approaching and our kitchen is already covered in pumpkins. This year a group of us mums are having a party, so it’s an excuse to dress up my Little Button and bake something appropriately orange.
After a few minutes hunched over my cauldron I devised this fiendish Halloween concoction. The piñata element is the hidden surprise within. Read on if you dare…
For this cake you will need:
- Ingredients to make a basic sponge cake
For the decoration:
- Buttercream (or should that be butterscream)
- Orange food colouring
- Black ready-to-roll icing
For the filling:
- Any small sweets. I used Maltesers, Smarties and Fruit Pastels
- Creepy Halloween chocolate (e.g. candy spiders, eyeballs etc)
Begin by making the sponge as per your recipe. I went for a basic vanilla sponge. You’re trying to achieve a cake in the shape of a ball, so to make the sponges curved bake them in a hemisphere cake pan. While the sponges cool, make the vanilla buttercream and add the orange food colouring (I used about seven drops).
Cut the bottom off one of the sponges to give the cake a flat base. Then put a small amount of buttercream onto a board and place the cake on top. The buttercream ‘sticks’ the cake to the board, so it’s ready to assemble.
Once the sponges have completely cooled, scoop out the middle sections, being careful not to reach the bottom of the sponge.
Next, cram as many sweets as you can into the hole, then repeat this with the other half of the cake.
Spread a layer of buttercream around the edge of the cake and place the other sweet-filled sponge on top.
Spread the rest of the buttercream around the entire cake. Once the cake is covered with buttercream, place it in the fridge for 15 minutes to set. This makes it easier to spread a second layer and get a smoother finish.
To make the pumpkin face, roll out the black ready-to-roll icing to a couple of millimeters thick and cut out two triangles for the eyes. Cut a smaller triangle for the nose and a zigzag piece for the mouth. Finally, to make the stem of the pumpkin, roll a large sausage shape, flatten down one end, and cut small triangles out of the flattened part.
Now the Halloween cake is sorted, I’ve just got to sort out Little Button’s costume. Watch this space…
~ Laura xx ~